Budimex has won the 22nd edition of the “Benefactor of the Year” competition in the “Education – Large Company” category.
The Competition Jury awarded the company for the cooperation with the Trzy czte ry! foundation. As part of this cooperation, the first forest school in Poland, the “Puszczyk” Forest School, was opened near Białystok.
The company was entered in the competition by the Trzy czte ry! foundation. In 2018, using the grant awarded in Budimex’s jubilee social programme called “Change the world. 50 years of Budimex”, the foundation built the Puszczyk Forest Primary School near Białystok, the first forest school in Poland.
Thanks to Budimex, we could fulfil our dreams„ prove that there is an alternative to the traditional school, and show that the teacher's role must be redefined. As labour market research shows, what we lack is not knowledge, but soft skills such as ability to cooperate, openness to changes, the ability to listen to other people's ideas, and assertiveness. These are the skills that we want to teach our children first
In 2018, as part of the celebrations of its 50th anniversary, Budimex announced a competition for a social initiative, one which could significantly improve the quality of life for the local community. Nearly 250 proposals were submitted to the company by foundations, associations and social organizations, as well as grassroots initiatives – people who are entrepreneurial, creative and want to work for the common good. Though there were nearly 100 applications that met the criteria of the contest regulations, the jury decided that the project to create the infrastructure for the first forest school in Poland would be the most worthy winner.
The “Benefactor of the Year” competition is organized by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. This is the largest competition of this type, with the longest tradition in Poland. Socially responsible companies have been honored with the “Benefactor of the Year” awards for 20 years. In this year’s edition, the Competition Jury awarded the titles to laureates in 7 categories: local development, corporate foundation, education, ecology, social welfare, health and sport.