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The Foundation helps orphans improve their health by providing them with medicines, and improves their well-being by providing financial support to children and families with foster children. Psychological support is also included in the list of functions of the charitable foundation. This is directly related to Goal 3: Good health and well-being.
The Foundation also provides assistance to orphaned children in obtaining education and supports graduates of orphanages, pursuing Goal 4: Quality education and Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth.
The Foundation has many active projects and programs. According to the annual report of previous years, by 2019, the progress was already excellent. For 17 years, they provided charitable assistance to children left without parental care. The numbers say it all: 36.3 million rubles was the charity budget of the Foundation in 2019; 37 companies of the pharmaceutical market and industry were partners of the Fund and 39 webinars were held in the "Online School of Sensitive Parents"; in 208 orphanages and aid centers, thousands of children were brought up without the care of their parents; 1178 substitute families received assistance in the direction of HEALTH; and 95 scholarship participants of the "I Want to Learn" program received scholarships for academic success.
“The main activities of the Corporate Charitable Foundation 'Katren' are the free transfer of medicines and hygiene items to orphanages and support for parents who have adopted a child from an orphanage, assistance to orphans in obtaining education and support for graduates of orphanages, participation in the development of the family structure of orphans, and consultations to support interested parties in the development of child-parent relations.” The Katren Charitable Foundation carries out its activities on the funds deducted from the company's profits, donated by Katren employees and partners of the Foundation.
The idea of creating a Foundation appeared relatively recently. The concept of corporate social responsibility has always been close to the company. The Foundation has become one of the main projects that help improve the world and help people. In their words:
"For our company, the social responsibility of business is primarily the awareness of the responsibility to society and the development of our business, taking into account public expectations and compliance with generally accepted ethical standards, in the process of which we continuously ensure the construction of fair and mutually beneficial relations with all the interested parties — employees, investors, partners, the population and the state. Undoubtedly, the ultimate result of the policy is its focus on effective business management, oriented on creating added economic value and increasing the well-being of the people."
Moreover, "It is worth recognizing that special attention is paid to the field of ecology and vital environmental problems, since we believe that environmental care should be an integral part of the activities of each company, therefore, we protect the environment and treat nature as a partner. First of all, all of our branches are constantly exploring ways to reduce the negative impact on the environment. We monitor our activities for compliance with environmental regulations." In this connection, this idea of helping not only people related to the work in the Katren, but also the environment and people in general.
The best way to describe the innovation is to share the words of the Quality Assurance Specialist, Anna Nikilaeva: "Acting in this way in the interests of business and society, Katren builds social interactions with a wide range of stakeholders — employees, investors, partners, consumers of products and services, public organizations, the population and the state. We are sure that no company has the right to withdraw from the society in which it operates. The main focus of our business is to provide the population with affordable and high-quality medicines. We carry out our activities in compliance with high quality standards and legal requirements. By developing our business, we create additional jobs and make all statutory tax deductions to the state budget. An equally important task for us is to help the state and society solve socially significant problems by making social investments in the fields of education, science and healthcare. We support projects in the field of sports and creativity, help to preserve and develop the cultural, historical and spiritual heritage of the country. The priority area of charitable activity is the support of socially vulnerable segments of the population, primarily orphans".
Today, with the need for various business entities not only to form competitive advantages, but also to create a certain image associated with the value and ideological side of the activity, charitable programs are of particular importance. It is the most important PR tool, allowing a company to form an image and reputation as socially responsible, and become an important newsworthy subject. The introduction of charity into the communication activities of a commercial company is an indicator of its stability, seriousness, legality and success.
"Our group of companies Katren, which operates on the funds deducted from the company's profits, donated by employees of Katren and partners of the Fund, performs charitable activities through the fund of the same name, created specifically for these purposes. In particular, to be more precise, in 2014, the foundation took first place in the overall Vll rating of the international competition 'Leaders of Corporate Charity,' winning the championship among 59 large Russian and foreign companies. Further, in 2016, the Donors' Forum, an organization that unites foundations and companies that systematically engage in charitable activities, elected Inna Prokhorova, Director of the Katren Corporate Charitable Foundation, to the Forum's Board.
The Katren company became the winner of the Leaders of Corporate Charity – 2016 award in the category 'The Best Program implemented in partnership with other business' with the Healthy Family program. Katren also received a special jury prize in the category 'Concept and Strategy of Corporate Charity.'
In 2017, KBF Katren received public recognition: A diploma from the portal mail.ru 'The best presentation of information about the organization's resources in the annual report,' as well as the Diploma of the Public Relations Committee of the City of Moscow 'The best annual report focused on the local community.'
In 2018, the Charity Foundation created the 'Online School of Empathetic Parents' - a series of webinars and consultations to support stakeholders in the development of child-parent relations. In 2018, the school held 27 webinars, which we are certainly proud of! In 2019, the 'Online School of Sensitive Parents' held 40 free webinars for parents."
"The main activities of the Corporate Charitable Foundation 'Katren' are the free transfer of medicines and hygiene items to orphanages and support for parents who have adopted a child from an orphanage (projects 'Health for children' and 'Healthy Family'); assistance to orphans in obtaining education and support for graduates of orphanages (the project 'I want to learn'), which is also important, and, finally, participation in the development of the family structure of orphans and consultations to support interested parties in the development of child-parent relations (the projects 'Gallery of Hearts' and 'Online School of Sensitive Parents')."
So, acting in this way in the interests of business and society, Katren builds social interactions with a wide range of stakeholders — employees, investors, partners, consumers of products and services, public organizations, the population and the state.
Moreover, the interviewee said that, "We believe that taking care of the environment should be an integral part of the activities of every company, we protect the environment and treat nature as a partner. All our branches are constantly exploring ways to reduce the negative impact on the environment. We monitor our activities for compliance with environmental regulations.
In our work, we take care of nature by:
- reduce energy and natural resource consumption (including fuel use) by improving insulation in our warehouses;
- recycling of all waste through specialized organizations in accordance with environmental requirements;
- use of environmentally friendly materials;
- energy savings due to LED lamps;
- reduce paper usage and introduce paperless technology."
Nikolaeva Anna, Quality Assurance Specialist
Katren is one of the largest pharmaceutical distributors in Russia, a nationwide company that meets the needs of pharmacies and hospitals for medicines and products that improve the health and quality of life of people."Katren has developed an impressive product range that's updated every day, a wide network of branches and representatives, and trusting relationships with customers and partners."