Outstanding Non-Business Achievement of the Year, Poland

We’re looking for an individual or a group who have achieved something out of the ordinary between October 2015 and September 2016. It may be a significant contribution to charity or dedication to a cause, or the achievement of something special.


Creating a standard of buildings without barriers - a new stage in the CSR strategy of Skanska Property Poland that can benchmark the whole real estate market in Poland.

Skanska has started a strategic cooperation with the “Integration” Foundation (one of the most active and merit partners acting for social and employment inclusion), which is a new opening in its CSR strategy. To create more easily accessible architecture, the company created a standard of buildings without barriers and has audited most of office projects in Poland. Skanska has also strategically decided to Build Accessibly. It means that the company will be the first developer in Poland to have all its new investments fully available for individuals with disabilities, the elderly, parents with children, and non-Polish speakers. This benchmark can upgrade standards on the whole real estate market in Poland or even wider. Skanska has started working on the standard of buildings without barriers in 2015. Firstly, the company conducted audits of the accessibility of its chosen office buildings. The main goal was to analyze the possibility of a complete adaptation of the building and its surrounding space to the diverse needs of different groups of people - individuals with disabilities, but also the elderly, parents with infants, or even foreigners. Investments that have already been audited by the “Integration” Foundation were Spark and Atrium 2 in Warsaw, among others. What’s interesting, Spark office building has been analyzed as soon as the project and the design works phases started. After the completion of the investment, the building will obtain “Object with no barriers” certificate while being delivered to market. It can be a new showcase for real estate in Poland. Skanska uses solutions that are both functional and ergonomic and allow the disabled to achieve the highest level of independence. As a company deeply involved in expanding the philosophy of diversity and being strongly against any form of social exclusion, Skanska fosters the idea of innovation as a way to provide the disabled with modern and sustainable office buildings, fully integrated with the urban tissue. The certificate “Object with no barriers” is given not only to the office building itself. The surrounding is equally important. That is why Skanska focuses on creating valuable Places – open squares, passages or parks accessible for all inhabitants and users. This is a part of the company’s strategy and inseparable element of this standard. Currently, together with “Integration” Foundation, Skanska is working on an educational campaign, as well as on a compendium providing guidelines for developing universal architecture for all. Additionally, as the effect of sustainable construction awareness, including residential projects, Skanska participates in creating the first housing project without barriers.

Fundacja Virako Szczęśliwe Podwórka

Virako Company, which is one of the appreciated polish developers, since the beginning of its existence, apart of its business activity, engages itself in various non-profit actions. Foundation Virako Szczęśliwe Podwórka is an outcome of many years of charity work conducted by Virako. In 2015 Foundation took over a specialized caring facility existing by the Saint Anne’s Congregation, so it could continue its functioning At the moment facility employs: 4 educators and facility manager, cooperates with 2 psychologists, social employee, 2 sport trainers, 5 volunteers and other nongovernment organizations, whose activity is similar to the one conducted by the Virako Foundation and facility itself. The annual budget of the Foundation is 250 000,00 PLN. Virako Foundation's activity is based mainly on funds from the Founder, the Virako Company. Facility takes care over about 50 children (there is a presence rotation), who apart from support in everyday functioning receive warm meal and the possibility to build relationships with other children (their peers). Important to mention is also the opportunity to derive behavior patterns from adults working in the facility. These patterns often lack in their own background. Most of the facility pupils comes from dysfunctional families, endangered by the alcoholism and unemployment. Worth mentioning is that in the year 2015/2016 Foundation granted scholarship for young and skilled pianist. Foundation financed renovation and the purchase of the furniture to the sociotherapist room in Świetlica Podwórkowa, facility conducted by Centrum Wsparcia Terapeutycznego in Lodz, situated on 54 Pomorska Street. The Foundation is involved in numerous, various projects that aim to develop interests and passions of its pupils. Examples of such projects are: - economical project organized in partnership with Bank Foundation - holidays and day camps organized for facility pupils - financial support in organizing Games for youngsters - financial support to program developing student participation in international creativity competition

Griffin Art Space

1. WHO? Griffin Art Space is an institution founded by Griffin Real Estate to support and promote visual arts. Its main area of activity involves providing patronage to the most significant artistic endeavors as well as organizing cultural events, and hosting projects in the venues owned by Griffin Real Estate. For the last 4 years the foundation in the cooperation with WRO Art Center has been presenting "RenomaWRO" project as a part of International Biennele WRO, in the ‘Renoma’ Department Store. Together with The Foundation for Visual Arts it organized a biennial socio-artistic project ‘Rajza po Kato’/ ‘A Trip round Kato(wice)’ under the patronage of ‘Supersam’ Department Store. Griffin Art Space is also the main sponsor of Kracow Photomonth Festival – one of the leading photography festivals in Europe – and ‘Contemporary Lynx” magazine, which is focused on promoting Polish art in the world. Apart from the regular events inscribed in the yearly calendar, the foundation also supports smaller exhibitions and cultural activities. 2. WHY? Only in 2016 it opened 6 significant exhibitions in the spaces of ‘Dom Słowa Polskiego’ Printing House and Koszyki Market Hall in Warsaw and ‘Renoma’ Department Store in Wrocław. All of them enjoyed attention and were well received by crucial media in Poland; starting with the opening of the artistic season in ‘Dom Słowa Polskiego’ Printing House with the successful "Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin exhibition", which constituted the Warsaw preview of the 14th edition of Kracow Photomonth Festival, through the Wrocław exhibition realized in the cooperation with WRO Art Center and presented within European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 and small, but highly recognized by art critics "Disappointment Island" exhibition, realized together with Stereo Gallery during Warsaw Gallery Weekend; and finishing with exhibitions attended by thousands of visitors like "Imago" by Zuza Krajewska and Anna Grzelewska in ‘Dom Słowa Polskiego’ Printing House and "Moths, Crabs, Fluids" in Koszyki Market Hall. All mentioned exhibitions were visited by over 100 000 viewers. 3. AND MORE :) For the last 3 years the foundation has been also awarding the best portfolio presented within the Portfolio Review, being a part of Krakow Photomonth Festival, with the Griffin Art Space Award. The so far prize winners were granted with promotional support, collector’s portfolio and the possibility of the individual exhibition organized within one of the most important photography festivals in Europe.

Plac Europejski (European Square)

Once a post-industrial, inaccessible quarter in Wola district. Today – a new urban space with greenery, fountains, cafés and restaurants, culture and art spots. Plac Europejski (European Square) is an entirely new quality of urban space, previously unknown in Poland, which has stolen the hearts of Warsaw residents, tourists and employees of nearby buildings. This is the first urban square of this scale in Poland, coherently designed and implemented by the developer on a private plot of land. Plac Europejski has been built in the once neglected quarter of Towarowa, Grzybowska, Wronia and Łucka streets, in a post-industrial quarter in Wola district, which has been inaccessible for decades. It is a perfect meeting spot for Warsaw inhabitants and a venue for various events, teeming with life long past working hours. Residents, tourists and employees of neighbouring office buildings come here, not only those who work in Warsaw Spire. One can encounter here the residents relaxing on deckchairs, children splashing in the fountains, employees of Warsaw Spire, as well as families and groups of friends taking memorable photos against the highest office building in Poland. Plac Europejski is an example of an entirely new approach of the developer to creating space around commercial projects. By planning and implementing the project, Ghelamco provided a completely new quality for the capital and set an entirely new direction for other developers. This is the first urban square of this scale in Poland, coherently designed and implemented by the developer on a private plot of land. Although there are still numerous fenced residential and office projects implemented in Warsaw, Ghelamco proposed an entirely new approach to the city as a common good, which should be taken care by and benefited from by all its users. Plac Europejski was created due to the developer's sense of social responsibility and the desire to deliver a new quality of Warsaw's urban fabric. Contrary to most squares in Warsaw, which are crowded by cars, Plac Europejski has been created for pedestrians. This is an approach consistent with best practices from Western Europe, where the comfort and quality of the space in which we live and work are considered key issues when planning cities. It is twice as big as the historical plac Zamkowy (Castle Square). Its area amounts to 1.5 ha. It is also one of the few green oases in this part of the city – 14,000 various plants, including 120 trees, have been planted there. A cascade stream 120 meters long runs among them, with its estuary in the fountain located at the tower building of the complex. This perfectly designed space is the work of a renowned Belgian studio Wirtz International Landscape Architects, whose portfolio includes, among others, Élysée Palace gardens, Jardin du Carrousel in Tuileries Gardens in Paris, and Jubilee Park in London. Plac Europejski means not only high-end architectural and urban solutions, but also a rich functional program ensured by the project's investor. Its northern side is occupied by Art Walk – a specially designed modern exhibition space where one can experience art outside museum walls, at any time of day or night. The person responsible for this project is Mac Stopa – a world-famous designer and winner of numerous international awards from the renowned Massive Design studio. On the walls of the tenements at Grzybowska Street there are two murals painted by world-famous artists – Rafał Olbiński and François Schuiten. The square is also enlivened by restaurants and cafés operating in Warsaw Spire and in the standalone pavilion between the buildings of the complex. The square is also the only urban space of this class in this part of Warsaw. Plac Europejski's success is proven by the people who visit it every day – residents of Warsaw, employees of Warsaw Spire and surrounding office buildings as well as tourists, who treat this place as one of the city's attractions. Thanks to outstanding installation “KOCHAM WARSZAWĘ” (I love Warsaw) on the Warsaw Spire tower building, Plac Europejski became a unique, recognizable place in Warsaw. Plac Europejski has also gained recognition of Polish town planners, who granted it in September an award in the Society of Polish Town Planners competition for the best newly created public space in Poland.

Uszyj Jasia

Galeria Łódzka organized a joyful marathon sewing as part of charity campaign "Uszyj Jasia." It was the first such action in the capital of the Polish textile industry. For small patients Paediatric Centre them. dr. J. Korczak in Lodz will be able to sew colorful pillowcases. September 24, in the chair. 11.00 - 19.00, for everyone waiting for a sewing machine, thread and colorful fabrics. This time, the inhabitants of Lodz will have the opportunity to sew pillowcases during the meeting. Anyone who showed up that day at the Galeria Łódzka able to join the joint sewing and bring joy to young patients Paediatric Centre them. dr. J. Korczak in Lodz. In hours. 11.00 - 19.00 at "-1" Gallery on all comers waiting bloggers and volunteers who showed and explains, how to sew pillowcase. Our goal was to sew as many pillowcases. With colorful pillows, hospital rooms Department of Operative Pediatrics, Surgery, Otolaryngology and Urology and Division of Pediatric Allergy and internal medicine have become even more inviting. Demand for pillow cases in our hospital is very large. For sanitary reasons must be frequently washed and replaced. The action, organized by the Gallery of Lodz is not only more pleasant stay our little patients, but also add color to their rooms - emphasizes Wojciech Antoszczyk director of the Centre for Paediatric them. dr. J. Korczak in Lodz. For all the inhabitants of Lodz and the surrounding area who wanted to help the little patients waited 10 stations equipped with a sewing machine, thread, scissors and colorful materials. People in Łódz did not disappoint. Throughout the day in the gallery Lodz all the positions at the sewing machines were seized. The first hours of the campaign exceeded the wildest expectations of the organizers, more than 100 have been sewn pillowcases. I know the inhabitants of the city, and I know that if we do something from the heart, and in this case, the charity for young patients, we can count - says the director of the Gallery of Lodz, Beata Stefańska. The action joined everyone: men, women, families, young boys and girls. There were also seniors. Krystyna Seredyńska is one of the protagonists of the action. Itself during the action sewed pillowcases and 30 are from her hand went two hundredth.

Volleyball, thanks a million! Record breaking 7th Charity Real Estate Beach Volleyball Tournament

JLL takes its responsibility for the social, environmental and economic impacts of its operations extremely seriously. The company constantly evolves its strategy and is dedicated to engendering positive changes in the real estate industry by actively engaging with the local community. JLL’s flagship initiative is the annual Charity Real Estate Beach Volleyball Tournament organized under the patronage of the Polish Volleyball Federation – one of the most popular events on the Polish real estate sector's social calendar. The event brings together teams representing both Polish and international companies (top developers, investors, advisors, legal firms and others) in friendly competition, and to help those in need. By registering for the tournament, teams support charitable organizations. This year's event, held on 4th August 2016 in La Playa Music Bar in Warsaw, raised a record 360,100 PLN. The funds were donated to The Children's Memorial Health Institute to purchase two vehicles for transporting blood and other medical items. This year, 44 teams (308 players) participated in the volleyball matches, while approx. 1,500 people took part in the whole event. In total, 1,180,000 PLN has now been collected in the seven years the Charity Real Estate Beach Volleyball Tournament has been held. The event's prime quality is that it brings the real estate sector together for the common good in an event that engenders charity, sport and friendly rivalry. The tournament’s continued success is a testament to the event's uniqueness as well as to the involvement of both organizers and participants.


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