Ante Vlahović, M. Sc., President of the Management Board of Adris grupa d.d.
Reasons for Establishing the Adris Foundation
Foundations are an extremely important part of civil society because they express awareness and responsibility towards the community and promote the concept of active participation in society. By improving social ties and promoting the national and common good, foundations contribute to building a more just and prosperous social environment, both by directly influencing the development of society and the state, and indirectly, by encouraging other segments of society to be responsible towards the environment in which they exist and operate.
In this way, foundations can serve as a complement to government policies and are able to influence the development of social partnership, by connecting businesses, local administrations and national governments, cultural and other institutions and
non-governmental organisations in their joint efforts to promote the common good.
By the establishment of its Foundation in 2007, Adris grupa, one of the leading Croatian companies, wanted to make a breakthrough in social responsibility. It also wished to offer direct assistance to the development and progress of Croatian society, through the promotion of social responsibility among Croatian companies and the general public. This action set new standards, which will have to be followed by other Croatian companies if they wish to be perceived as socially responsible.
Through the systematic directing of funds from operations to philanthropy, Adris grupa strongly affirmed its corporate social responsibility and the concept of active participation of large and successful companies in the creation of advanced social environment for all citizens.
Thanks to the support of the Adris Foundation, hundreds of projects, individuals, associations and institutions achieved their goals, leaving a deep imprint in the fields of science, culture, preservation of natural heritage, creativity, youth work, care for persons with disabilities, humanitarian actions, etc. So, by its example, a clear vision and concrete financial support, the Adris Foundation contributes to the creation of a more just and prosperous social environment. At the same time, by its high standards of conduct, the Foundation provides an invaluable contribution to the development of corporate philanthropy in Croatia and the promotion of social responsibility.
Therefore, the Adris Foundation has quickly become the leading philanthropic organisation in Croatia and this part of Europe, especially taking into account the available funds, richness and wideness of programs which it supports and the involvement of leading Croatian intellectuals in its work.
Mission of the Adris Foundation
The mission of the Adris Foundation is to promote corporate social responsibility and to contribute to the advancement of Croatian society.
Vision of the Foundation
The vision of the Adris Foundation is to participate in the establishment of social justice, equal opportunities, better conditions and quality of life of Croatian citizens and to create a competitive and socially responsible economy, based on knowledge and innovation.
Objectives of the Foundation to provide support for students, scientists and innovators, scientific and research projects to support artistic creation and artists to support projects that contribute to the protection and preservation of Croatian authenticity to support humanitarian projects and to provide help for children without parental care.
Objectives of the Foundation
- to provide support for students, scientists and innovators, scientific and research projects
- to support artistic creation and artists
- to support projects that contribute to the protection and preservation of Croatian authenticity
- to support humanitarian projects and to provide help for children without parental care.
Values of Adris Foundation
The fundamental values of the Adris Foundation are: excellence, innovation, knowledge, kindness, help, responsibility, tolerance, openness and transparency.
Adris grupa annually allocates one percent of its profits to the Foundation and it also secured the initial funding of 10 million kuna.
Over the past eight years, 33 million kuna has been donated.
The Method of Allocation of Resources
Funding provided for a given year is allocated to programs, according to the areas of activity: the Knowledge and Discovery Area, which includes scholarships, then Creativity, Ecology, Heritage and Goodness.
The priorities, criteria and methods for allocating funds for programs and scholarships are prescribed in detail in the Regulations Book to ensure the transparency and fairness of the allocation of the Foundation’s resources.
Applications for allocation of financial support from the Adris Foundation, which are received on the basis of annual tenders, can be submitted by individuals, legal entities institutions and non-governmental institutions. Every application is analysed in detail and evaluated from different aspects – first, it is evaluated and analysed by experts in their respective fields, gathered in Foundation Councils.
After this stage, the Foundation Board makes the final decision. Thanks to the donations of the Adris Foundation, a lasting and indelible mark has been left in science, culture, preservation of natural heritage, creativity, charity, youth work and many other areas.
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