Public involvement

We get involved in projects connected with education, disease prevention and promotion of an active lifestyle.

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We encourage our employees to participate in our employee voluntary services.

Health education and promotion

We not only provide high-quality medicines, but also teach Polish patients how to look after their health and improve their quality of life. We promote the principles of preventive care, implementing a number of educational programs. We also support physicians and pharmacists in raising awareness and helping patients. We help educate students and support student scientific societies.

Pressure for Life

www.cisnienienazycie.pl

The purpose of this awareness campaign conducted by Polpharma Group is to educate Polish people about cardiovascular disease prevention and how they can reduce their risk of major cardiovascular events such as a myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. One of the main objectives of the campaign is to measure the blood pressure of 200,000 people. Blood pressure readings are taken at large shopping centres, holiday resorts, at important conferences (such as the European Economic Congress in Katowice), at mass sporting events and during pilgrimages. We donate 1 zloty to the Healthy Heart Clinic in Zabrze for each blood pressure reading taken.

 

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The campaign will continue until the end of 2013. Its outcomes will be presented in the “Polish Heart” report based on the data on the thousands of blood pressure readings taken during the campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

The Health Zone

 

The aim of the program is to facilitate access to medical tests and consultations and health education for people aged 50+, who are mostly living in small towns. In 2012, almost 3,500 people from all regions of Poland had a health check as part of the campaign. In 2013 the “Health Zone” tent visited 15 Polish cities, where 9 cardiology and 6 ophthalmology-themed meetings were held. By the end of June 2013, free medical consultations had been provided to people living in Ełk, Sokołów Podlaski, Pabianice, Starogard Gdański, Elbląg, Puławy, Warszawa, Zielona Góra and Częstochowa.

The program has been implemented in cooperation with local Caritas centres. (LOGO) Free health check zones are organised in direct proximity of churches on Sundays. Patients can make appointments for a free health check at parish houses or offices, which makes access to medical consultations easier especially for the elderly.

Cardiology-themed meetings include cholesterol and glucose testing, blood pressure measurement, an ECG examination, and a consultation with a cardiologist. Ophthalmology-themed meetings include measurement of intraocular pressure, fundus oculi examination, the Amsler grid test and a consultation with an ophthalmologist.

 

 

Polish National Program for Sexual Health

www.opzs.pl

Sharing knowledge about health, we break social taboos, for example around such issues as the sexual health of disabled or elderly people.

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Initiated in 2008, this is an innovative public campaign to promote sexual health. Its aim is to educate the public about the impact of sexual health on all aspects of human life, especially physical and emotional wellbeing and interpersonal relations.

 

 

The program comprises activities addressed to both the medical community as well as patients, their families and the general public. They include:

  • projects implemented in cooperation with organisations protecting the interests of people with disabilities (such as the Foundation for Active Rehabilitation),
  • art and photography contests,
  • assistance for people with sexual health concerns,
  • educational websites such as www.opzs.pl.www.opzs.pl
  • we also run a very popular “Sex is healthy” Facebook profile

Employee volunteering

In 2013, we implemented an Employee Volunteering Program at all Polpharma sites in Poland. The program is a grant competition and provides co-funding to the 20 most interesting project ideas proposed by our employees. Projects may be submitted in the following categories: health and disease prevention, quality of life improvement, education and equal opportunities, humanitarian aid, local development and ecology. In the first round of the programme, 100 volunteers from Polpharma Group completed voluntary work to support a variety of centres and organisations which, in total, provided care to more than 1000 beneficiaries. The second edition of the programme ended in 2014. 157 volunteers renovated several care centres and organised educational campaigns.

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Polpharma employees are eager to help others and determined to live our company’s motto:

 

“People helping people”

Additionally, as part of our volunteering initiative, around 100 marketing and sales managers renovate a care centre of their choice each year. Some of the facilities renovated so far include the Child and Family Support Centre in Michalin and the Occupational Therapy Workshop building in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. Our volunteers also improved a square in Biała Rawska used for the rehabilitation of disabled people, and fitted out several rooms in the newly built Maternity Home in Ełk.

During the Christmas season, our employees answer the requests that children in children’s homes, foster families and child care facilities make in their letters to Santa Claus. In 2007–2013, employees of Polpharma Group sponsored nearly 1,300 individually addressed gifts.

Intersectoral cooperation

Since 2014, Polpharma has been a partner of the Development Initiation Forum and the associated Development Initiation Fund (DIF). The idea behind this undertaking stems from the experience and needs of representatives of three sectors: the local government, business and NGOs. Its objective is to build a platform of intersectoral cooperation for the development of the Pomerania region by initiating and supporting interesting ventures and local projects.

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Two grant competitions have been held as part of the DIF to select projects that contribute to the development of local communities and enhance the quality of life of the residents of Pomerania.

 

DIF grants may be applied for by intersectoral partnerships representing at least:

  • one non-governmental organisation,
  • one public-sector entity,
  • and one private-sector entity.

A representative of the NGO sector must be the applicant and the leader of the partnership. The areas covered by DIF-supported projects are diverse. The initiatives chosen so far have focused on topics such as providing equal opportunities, sports, education, healthy lifestyle and regional identity.

In the first competition held by the DIF, the jury selected five projects from fifty entries. Beneficiaries, their business sector and public sector partners achieved the following social outcomes thanks to support from the DIF:

  • DALBA Social Cooperative in Puck (The project “A Cooperative That Brews More”) – establishment of a non-profit Brewery Cooperative. Its overarching objective is to create jobs for people with intellectual disabilities, mainly former participants of the Occupational Therapy Workshops in Puck. The brewery now employs 12 people with intellectual disabilities. The project’s long-term objective is the creation of a new business model in Poland (a combination of a craft brewery and a social cooperative), which aims to aid people traditionally excluded from the labour market. The brewery is the sixth enterprise of its type in the world and the first one in Poland.
  • Social Cooperation Cooperative in Sopot (Luk Luk charity shop in Sopot) – launch of the first charity shop in Pomerania, providing jobs to 5 long-term unemployed people. The guiding principle of the charity shop is “giving a new lease on life to both things and people”. It promotes a new cooperative model in the Pomerania region, based on the premise of “donating-buying-creating jobs for those who need it most”. In the long term, the project has helped to increase local social capital, enhance the sharing economy and contribute to a more sustainable use of resources.
  • Mamy z Morza Foundation in Gdynia (Pomeranian Parenting Clubs) – creating space for parents to meet and for children to have fun in Kartuzy, Puck and Kościerzyna
  • Kashubian Business Incubator in Kościerzyna – a series of training sessions and consultations provided in the framework of the Kashubian Academy of Enterprise to promote entrepreneurship, encourage people to establish small and medium-sized companies and stimulate economic activity in the Kościerzyna District.
  • Grupa Kolarska Starogard Gdański Association (cycling team) (MTB Kociewie Szlakiem Marathon) – organisation of a sporting event to promote the Kociewie region and its tourism potential, as well as mountain biking and family bike tours

We have our fingers crossed for the success of these winning projects and we intend to stay involved in the development of intersectoral cooperation in Pomerania.

On 2 December 2015, at the 4th Development Initiation Forum held at the Energa Gdańsk stadium, winners of the second edition of the Fund received their awards.

The intersectoral partnerships could receive grants worth up to PLN 25,000 for the implementation of their project proposals. The pool of money earmarked for this competition amounted to PLN 100,000.

The funding went towards innovative intersectoral projects designed to support local community development and tangibly improve the quality of life in Pomerania.

The DIF Jury selected four winning intersectoral partnerships among 24 entries. These were:

  1. “Construction of a playing field in the village of Złe Mięso” – a project led by the Złe Mięso Voluntary Fire Brigade,
  2. “RAZEM at the table” – a project submitted by the RAZEM Social Cooperative,
  3. “A green light for the eco-development of the Wicko Municipality” – a project proposed by the “Inicjatywa” Association for the Development of the Wicko Municipality,
  4. “For starters” – a project entered by the Wybiegaj Marzenia Foundation.

To learn more about the projects, go to www.forumrozwoju.org.pl

Charitable Activity

To be increasingly effective in our charitable activities, we have identified our key priorities in this area.

PolRun competition
Our key focus areas are:
  • health protection and disease prevention, which include ensuring access to free screening tests and disease prevention, as well as aid in kind for health care facilities and organisations
  • safety, which includes contributing to a safe local community and promotion of safe behaviours among children and young people
  • science and education, including scholarship programmes and other initiatives addressed to exceptionally gifted children from underprivileged families and purchase of teaching supplies for schools and other educational institutions
  • community activities, which include contributing to balancing of social opportunities for children and young people
  • humanitarian aid, including aid in kind and financial support for humanitarian organisations, victims of war, natural disasters in Poland and abroad

 

In 2015, we organised the POLRUN charity race with the participation of 733 Polpharma employees and friends to celebrate the company’s 80th anniversary. Over a period of 23 days, we ran 960 kilometres across Poland to promote physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle, as well as to send 524 children from children’s homes to summer camps. Read more about this unique running event. Visit the Polrun race youtube channel.

 

Terms of collaboration with NGOs

 

In the implementation of our charity policy, we cooperate with experienced organisations that are effective in providing support. All requests for assistance that we receive are analysed against our priorities and the character of our business. Decisions about charity donations are made by a specially appointed team. We do not consider requests for donations from individuals.

Applications submitted by non-governmental organisations should include their registration details (name, address and KRS number or a different registration number), contact person (full name, phone number and email address), a description of the organisation’s work and experience, as well as details of the project the grant will support. Information about the project should include a description and list of beneficiaries, the expected outcomes, the amount applied for, the total project implementation cost and the cost items to be covered from Polpharma’s donation.

When choosing our partners for all of our social engagement projects, we rely on such values as integrity, mutual respect, openness and transparency. We do not engage in projects that could be, in any respect, regarded as discriminatory, that are unlawful and against established social norms, promote any specific political parties, or pose an immediate risk to life and health.

Polpharma’s main partner in the area of charity and balancing of social opportunities is Caritas, both its national-level structure and organisations within particular dioceses. In the area of humanitarian aid, we additionally cooperate with the Polish Humanitarian Action, and with respect to education for gifted youth — with the Dzieło Nowego Tysiąclecia Foundation.

Polpharma’s charitable contributions in 2011 amounted to approx. PLN 268,000 in 2012, PLN 307,000 in 2013, PLN 188,000 and in 2014, and PLN 298,000 in 2015.

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