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Vodafone becomes a member of the Donors' Forum, has donated CZK 14 million so far

15. February 2007

Vodafone has become a member of the Donors' Forum, an organisation that unites corporate donors, foundations, and endowment funds and supports philanthropy in the Czech Republic. Since its entry to the Czech market, Vodafone has carried out its philanthropic and charity activities through the Vodafone Foundation, which donated CZK 14 million to generally beneficial projects. "Our objective is to cooperate with firms that have first-rate strategies in the fields of corporate philanthropy and social responsibility. Vodafone is a prime example of a company that engages in areas that require assistance globally and in the Czech Republic. With the foundation of the Vodafone Foundation, it has also made an obvious commitment to the future," says Donors' Forum Director Pavlína Kalousová.

Vodafone has become a member of the Donors' Forum, an organisation that unites corporate donors, foundations, and endowment funds and supports philanthropy in the Czech Republic. Since its entry to the Czech market, Vodafone has carried out its philanthropic and charity activities through the Vodafone Foundation, which donated CZK 14 million to generally beneficial projects.

"Our objective is to cooperate with firms that have first-rate strategies in the fields of corporate philanthropy and social responsibility. Vodafone is a prime example of a company that engages in areas that require assistance globally and in the Czech Republic. With the foundation of the Vodafone Foundation, it has also made an obvious commitment to the future," says Donors' Forum Director Pavlína Kalousová.

Through its Vpoho and Vpohybu grant programs, the Vodafone foundation aims to provide long-term, strategic support for socially threatened youth and to connect technology to help those in need.

"In the Vpoho program in 2006, we distributed over CZK 8.5 million among low-threshold youth clubs," says Vodafone Foundation Director Inga Kaškelyte. "The Vpohybu program provided financial support in the amount of CZK 1.8 million for the construction of the first GSM navigational center for the blind in the Czech Republic last year."

"Vodafone is a socially responsible firm not only in the field of corporate donations, but also in relation to the environment, employees, and customers," says Přemysl Filip, Social Responsibility Manager, Vodafone Czech Republic. "We regard socially responsible approaches and products as a natural part of our activities on the market."

Since January 2007, Vodafone has also been a member of the Business Leaders Forum, which unites firms that endeavour to uphold ethics in business practices, actually fulfilling Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and that supports cooperation between the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. www.blf.cz

International agency AccountAbility (http://www.accountabilityrating.com), which assesses the extent of social responsibility of the world's 50 biggest firms every year, rated the Vodafone group as the world's most socially responsible firm in 2006.

The Donors' Forum and the Donator Club

The prestigious DONATOR Club unites corporate donors. The club's objective is to support the development of corporate philanthropy and promote responsible donation practices in the Czech Republic. Club members uphold responsible and transparent donation practices, establish the principles of the social responsibility of firms, adhere to an code of ethics for proper donating, and devote themselves to supporting the development of civil society. www.donorsforum.cz