• In 2019 alone, the LPP Foundation supported over 100 organisations by making in-kind and cash donations of over PLN 2.8 m
• Over 135,000 pieces of clothing worth PLN 2 m reached people in a difficult financial situation.
• Last year, over 320 LPP employees devoted more than 1650 hours to employee volunteering programme.
For over 20 years, LPP has been involved in charity work, and has so far donated over PLN 22 m to those in need, supporting over a thousand social organisations throughout Poland. Entities received assistance in the form of cash and in-kind donations and volunteer activities of the company’s employees. Since December 2017, the company’s charitable activities have continued under the auspices of the LPP Foundation.
In 2019, the Foundation supported over 100 organisations. The aim of its activity is to counteract social exclusion and support the company’s closest neighbourhood in Pomerania and Małopolska, as well as health and environmental protection. – We particularly focus on helping young people and children at risk of social exclusion and people in a difficult life situation. Last year alone, we allocated over PLN 320,000 to this end, as a result of which, for example, we organised summer holidays for children and youth in Pomerania and Małopolska, funded scholarships for the children of the OrphanChildren’s Fund, equipped children’s homes and shelters for the homeless – comments Sławomir Ronkowski, Vice President of the Board of the LPP Foundation and LPP Communications Director.
The main partners supported by the Foundation in this respect include the Gdańsk Foundation for Social Innovation, the Gdańsk Family Foundation, the Krakow Children’s Homes Association, the Hospice Foundation (implementing the Orphan Children’s Fund), the Association of Local Initiatives “Closer to the Centre” and the Prometheus Care and Rehabiliation Association. For example, at So Stay Hotel, where the students of the Gdańsk Foundation for Social Innovation get their first job and gain valuable professional experience, the restaurant part was rearranged with the help of LPP graphic designers and architects.
Among the projects addressed to the homeless and people in need throughout Poland, another important programme entails using second-hand clothes, which combines help with care for the environment. – In 2018 we launched a garment collection programme in LPP stores, and in 2019 we expanded the programme to include more stores of Mohito and House brands. Thus, for several months now, in more than fifty LPP stores located in most big cities in Poland, customers can leave clothes with any label, which they will no longer use. Nearly three tons of clothes collected last year have been distributed to the charges of St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society offering accommodation facilities for the homeless throughout Poland. – explains Anna Miazga, Vice President of the LPP Foundation and LPP CSR Expert.
Another equally important area of the Foundation’s activity is health care. Over PLN 400 k was allocated for this purpose in 2019. The funds were used, among others, to renovate the waiting room of the Night Care for the Sick at the Children’s Hospital in Gdańsk, purchase of specialist beds for the Children’s Haematology Ward at the University Clinical Centre in Gdańsk, or decorating the corridor of the Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Ward for Children at the Copernicus Hospital in Gdańsk. In cooperation with the LPP athletes, as part of the LPP Team for Kids action, we also managed to help the children of the Gdańsk Korczak Foundation struggling with health problems by allocating funds for the therapy and rehabilitation of children in need and for the Rehabilitation Centre at the Children’s Hospital in Radziszów, where a specialist playground for the youngest is to be built. On the occasion of Children’s Day, an ecological and educational performance for the patients of the Polanki Children’s Hospital was also organized, and a family event was held at the Copernicus Hospital. At the end of the year, the LPP Foundation also allocates funds to support its employees and their immediate families struggling with serious illnesses.
– In 2019 alone, we made in-kind donations of over PLN 2 m and nearly PLN 800 k as cash donations. We are particularly proud of the achievements of our employees, whom we call WolontWariaci [pun- Crazy about Volunteering]. Those who decided to devote their time to voluntary activities amounted to over 320 this year. In total, they worked over 1650 hours to help those who needed support most. Together we organized Santa Claus day for the charges of the ward for people with intellectual disability in Gdańsk and at the University Children’s Hospital in Kraków, where we distributed gifts to children, while wearing colourful costumes. On this occasion, we also helped to purchase gifts for the charges of Dom na Skraju (House on the Edge), Stowarzyszenie Nasz Autyzm (Our Autism Association) and Anna Dymna’s Mimo Wszystko Foundation. Our volunteers are actively involved not only in social projects but also pro-environmental ones. Last year as many as 200 of them decided to take part in a large action of planting trees in Lipusz, where in 2017 a great storm annihilated huge stretches of forest in Pomerania. Thanks to the involvement of our volunteers, we managed to plant as many as 110 thousand new trees together with employees of other Pomeranian companies. – emphasizes Anna Miazga.
The Foundation also supported our four-legged friends from the OTOZ ANIMALS shelters in Pomerania or the Animals Pura Vida Foundation and the Foundation for the Protection of Animal Rights in Borek in the vicinity of Kraków, which struggled with the consequences of the flood. Many years of cooperation with the Pomeranian Temporary Cat House and cat care as well as the construction of cat shelters are also fixed on our Foundation Volunteers’ agenda.
– Charitable activities are particularly important and rooted since the beginning of LPP. We have already helped many people, and we want to increase the effects with the development of LPP itself and the Foundation. We assume that sensitivity to the environment and other people is a value that each of us has in ourselves and we can share it with others if we want to. We are happy to see that it can be passed on, as demonstrates the growing number of Volunteers. We are very proud to see the attitudes of our employees. It all shows that to want is to succeed, and together we can do more than seems possible – concludes Sławomir Ronkowski.
LPP SA is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For over 25 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collection already on 25 markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv or Moscow. LPP manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 1700 stores with the total area of over 1 million sq.m. The online offer of the brands collections is available on 30 markets. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 200 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs over 25 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.