In recent years, we have donated for social purposes tonnes of clothes of a value exceeding PLN 18 million. We believe that our success is worth sharing with others.
For many years, we have been undertaking charitable activities first of all in our neighbourhood – in Pomerania and the Małopolska region, that is in regions where our branches operate. According to our CSR strategy, we engage in the cooperation with social organisations counteracting social exclusion and acting for the development of our industry.
THE FIRST FITTING
The First Fitting is a pilot programme for vocational activation of young people threatened with social exclusion, which is financed by LPP and implemented in partnership with the Social Innovation Foundation (Fundacja Innowacji Społecznej).
In our company, the idea of volunteering was initiated by our staff members in 2010. The projects engaging our employees are of particular importance for us because volunteering yields value to all: those given help by the organisations we support and people working in LPP, for whom helping those in need is a source of great satisfaction.
On a regular basis, we engage in cooperation with non-governmental organisations helping both children and adults facing hard times. We provide our social partners with funds and our brand clothing.
Almost from the very beginning of our company, we have been supporting charity projects and social organisations. We make a decision on granting support based on priorities recognised in LPP’s social responsibility strategy.
SO STAY - THE FIRST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HOTEL
In 2014, our company engaged in the construction of the first socially responsible hotel in Poland, which has been operating in Gdańsk from 2015. This is a place where young people staying in Homes for Children maintained by the Gdańsk Social Innovation Foundation learn, through internships and traineeships, to be self-reliant and gather work experience in the tourist branch. LPP has given a donation for constructing So Stay and is also the hotel’s regular client.
THE HOSPICE FOUNDATION
Our company provides financial support to those given help by the Orphans Fund. The project is aimed at providing psychological aid in mourning and economic assistance for families whose financial standing has deteriorated due to a loss of a family member. So far, the foundation has helped over 5.5 thousand people. In 2017, we provided scholarships for 42 beneficiaries of the Fund. We have been also supporting the Foundation’s day-to-day activity.
Caritas Polska is our permanent social partner and recipient of our brand clothing. We give in-kind donations to this organization, among others, in the holiday season and at the time of winter and summer holidays. As Caritas operates day centres, welfare centres and residential care homes, the organisation is in direct contact with its beneficiaries. We therefore know that our help is effective – the clothes we provide are given to those most in need.
THE LOWER CITY DISTRICT
For almost 20 years, we have had a lot in common with the Lower City (Dolne Miasto), a residential district of Gdańsk, where our head office is located. We actively take part in the local agreement “Open Lower City”, a social programme implemented as part of the district revitalization scheme. For us, it is very important that the presence of LPP in Gdańsk has not only a strictly business dimension.
Our employees have actively joined the activities aimed at developing our neighbourhood and, consequently, they get to know both the resources and needs of the local community. A substantial part of our corporate volunteering activities and a major share of our financial and in-kind support given to those in need are addressed to people living, and organisations operating, in our neighbourhood.
GOOD DAY CENTRE IN THE LOWER CITY DISTRICT IN GDAŃSK
As part of training sessions organised on the occasion of the Children’s Day, we taught children from the Good Day Centre (Dobra Świetlica) how to design prints on t-shirts, our kitchen chef in charge of the company’s canteen revealed his cuisine secrets to our young guests, a Cropp graphic designer taught them how to paint graphics, and the Reserved Kids staff invited kids to take part in a fashion show.
LPP CITY OF WOMEN
LPP – City of Women was a project carried out in 2014 upon initiative of the employees of our head office. It was aimed at popularizing mammography tests both internally, among women employed at LPP, and locally, i.e. in Tricity. The project was promoted within the company, among the staff working in our stores as well as on the Internet and in local media.
FASHION WITHOUT LIMITS
Fashion without Limits was a project addressed to the disabled. It was aimed at supporting the disabled in creating their own image and it was about breaking negative stereotypes faced by the sick. The project was organised by the Hippotherapy Foundation acting for the benefit of the young disabled.
Moreover, its patrons were renowned Polish designers such as Gosia Baczyńska, Joanna Klimas and Robert Kupisz, and it was promoted by Jillian Mercado, an American disabled model, stylist and blogger. As part of the project’s second edition, styling and motivational sessions were organised, and the participants took part in makeovers. LPP supported the Fashion without Limits project with gift cards to Mohito and Reserved stores.
Thanks to our financial support, in 2013, a charitable calendar was made as part of the Champions Project. It was aimed at inspiring young people, beneficiaries of social organisations, to take real action. The champions appearing on the calendar pages were, among others: Olimpians Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Adam Korol, and actors Grażyna Wolszczak and Mirosław Baka, all of them convincing that dreams may come true.
As part of LPP’s engagement in this project, Marta Dąbrowska, a Sinsay graphic designer, designed a limited series of “champions’ t-shirts”. All the funds gained from the sales of calendars have been allocated by the agency Studio 102, which had organised the project, for supporting several dozens of beneficiaries of the Gdańsk Social Innovation Foundation, living in Homes for Children.
INSPIRATIONAL PATRONAGE OVER THE "HEART FOR CHILDREN" PROJECT OF THE VILNIUS AND GRODNO FRIENDS FOUNDATION
The aim of the Vilnius and Grodno Friends Foundation (Fundacja Przyjaciół Wilna i Grodna) is to give help to children of Polish origin from Lithuanian children’s homes. Every year, the Foundation organises holiday trips for its beneficiaries, gives financial support to children and participates in the organization of adoption procedures. Furthermore, it funds scholarships for studying in Poland and initiates and finances medical treatment.
The Foundation also organizes visits for its beneficiaries in Gdańsk-based companies. The goal of such visits is to inspire children and young people by meeting people who are successful in their careers because they combine work with passion, engage in full and work hard. One of the companies visited by the foundation’s beneficiaries was LPP – our staff organised fashion sessions during which our guests could try to design t-shirts and create their individual styled outfits. Additionally, persons visiting our company received LPP brand clothes.