Both the company and its founder, Przemysław Krych, are strongly involved in charitable, environmental and philanthropic activities. We believe that being aware of and participating in local activities a huge positive impact on the development and improvement of the local community and should be one of the main goals of every business.
In the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the spread of disinformation by the occupant, the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation and its partners established a Fund for Ukraine dedicated to direct support of journalists and publishers in the war zone. We established an everyday communication with a group of 50 media organisations regarding the flow of information and coordination of needs of media in Ukraine and donors' resources. This group is led by Global Forum for Media Development, and all key players are there, including INMA, WAN-IFRA, RSF, IPI, EJF, EC etc, as well as Ukrainian organisations: Lviv Media Forum, National Union of Journalists, Association of Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine, National Association of Media, Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine, Yesterday we had a briefing, during which priorities were discussed. Media and journalistic organisations from the Nordic countries have joined our Fund: Bonnier News from Sweden, Danish Newspapers Association, Finnish Media Federation, News Media Finland, Norwegian Media Businesses’Association and Swedish Media Publishers’ Association.
As of 18.04.2022 we managed to gather over 442.872 EUR
https://uamediafund.com/ the official web site of the fund.
The collected funds will be used to purchase the equipment necessary for journalists working in war zones, financial support for journalists and media organisations in Ukraine, according to the needs list presented by the Fix Media (the initiator of the European fundraiser) and the Ukrainian Union of Journalists, as well as the relocation of journalists to Poland and other EU countries. To this end, the fund is cooperating with the media and organisations in Ukraine and other parts of Europe. The Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation is a non-for profit organisation funded by the largest Polish legacy newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, and is dedicated to safeguarding democracy and freedom of speech. Przemysław Krych is an Honourable Donor and Friend of Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation and the funder of our Investigative Journalism Fund
Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, in the name of the Fund, signed the Perugia Declaration for Ukraine, a call for increased support of independent media and journalists in Ukraine https://gfmd.info/perugia-declaration-for-ukraine/
Collaboration with Journalism Founders Forum (https://journalismfundersforum.com/), and a strategic group of philantropical and investment organisations willing to support the fund. This is the JFF initiative to help rising funds for long-term goals of the Fund.
Cooperation with Media Support, Committee to Protect Journalists and newly founded JX Fund, providing them with knowledge of the Ukrainian media situation, needs and necessary contacts.
The COVID-19 pandemic increased the demand for medical equipment, including ventilators that support or replace the work of lungs of the patient. Many Polish hospitals, fearing the growing number of coronavirus-infected patients, are looking for funds to buy them, as they may be the last chance for many patients. Not only did Cornerstone Investment Management buy the protective masks but also, from the initiative of its founder, Przemysław Krych, together with Santander Consumer Bank S.A., purchased four life-support machines, which were donated to the Jan Mikulicz-Radecki University Clinical Hospital in Wrocław.
Hospitals across the country are struggling with the lack of basic protective equipment necessary during the coronavirus threat. In order to ensure the safety of those who are on the front line in the fight against the disease, our company has donated five thousand protective masks to medical workers of the Independent Public Children's Clinical Hospital in Warsaw. Thanks to the initiative of the employees and the support of the Management of the company, it was possible to support the hospital the most vulnerable patients of the hospital - children from the transplantology department.
A prime example of the green, clean energy investment included the investment in the largest wind farm in Poland with MW 1,100 total combined installed and planned capacity. It is an environmentally friendly investment, reducing both CO2 emissions, minimising its carbon footprint and creating local employment opportunities.
Mention should also be made of the charitable foundations which were co-financed by the company and its founder, in a total amount of PLN 11 million over the last 5 years. It is mainly the Jan Karski Educational Foundation which aims to familiarise the next generations with the legacy of Jan Karski – a diplomat, courier for the Polish Underground State and lecturer at the Georgetown University. He became the world’s symbol of civic responsibility, defence of Human Rights and establishment of social relations based on tolerance and openness – values that are increasingly under threat.
Related to the life of Jan Karski there is a book by Clark Young and Derek Goldman “Rember This - The lesson of Jan Karski”. Bringing the story of Jan Karski, a Holocaust witness who risked his life to carry reports from war-torn Poland to the Allied nations and Oval Office. Despite the West’s disbelief, Karski continued to tell others about the atrocities he saw, and would do so for the rest of his life. This play carries forward his legacy of bearing witness. Przemysław Krych and Andrzej Rojek are mentioned in the acknowledgments.
For nearly seven years, actor David Strathairn has committed himself to telling the story of Jan Karski, a World War II hero who, for decades after the war, refused to tell it himself. Here is the story.
In July 2023 Przemysław Krych was also awarded with the Pro Patria Medal - the medal is awarded to mark special merit in strengthening and treasuring the memory of the Polish people's fight for the independence.
In July 2023 Przemysław Krych was awarded with a commemorative medal from Ruch Młodzieży Niezależnej (Independent Youth Movement) celebrating the 40 anniversary of the Movement.
In November 2022 also decorated by the Chief of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression with the Honourary badge of Anti-communist activist repressed for political reasons.
In May 2022 Przemysław Krych was awarded with the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity. The Decoration is awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland to the activists of the anti-communist opposition between 1956 and 1989.