MELLBY GÅRD IN SOCIETY
SOCIAL COMMITMENT IN MANY AREAS
THE KYRKHULTSTUGAN COTTAGE AT SKANSEN GETS A NEW LEASE OF LIFE
In the autumn of 1890, Doctor Artur Hazelius arrived in the village of Lilla Brödhult in the parish of Kyrkhult in western Blekinge. He had been told that he would find a well-preserved “Southern Geatish” house, that is, a low cottage, connected to higher sheds on either side. The son of the house, Thomas Svensson, wrote about Hazelius’s visit in a letter: “Hazelius arrived at our house late one evening at about eleven. We had all gone to bed when there was a knock at the front door and my sister Bengta hurried to the door to enquire who was there. The answer was: Doctor Hazelius from Stockholm. Bengta opened the door and Hazelius handed her a card on which his name was written. He asked Bengta if he might be permitted to enter to view the cottage. Once inside the cottage he began to speak with my father, and father and Bengta followed Hazelius through both the lower and upper floors of the building and he marvelled at this old building method, which you understood from how he clapped his hands as he walked through the nooks and crannies. Finally Hazelius asked my father if he would sell the cottage, which was then effectuated in the winter of 1891.” The Kyrkhultstugan cottage was one of the first buildings to be erected at the Skansen outdoor museum in 1891. In recent years, Mellby Gård has been the main sponsor for the refurbishment of the cottage, which was originally located in the same parish in which the founder of Mellby Gård, Rune Andersson, was born and raised. The Kyrkhultstugan cottage at Skansen on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm is scheduled to be re-inaugurated in the summer of 2019.
DRIVHUSET – WHERE STUDENTS’ IDEAS GROW
Mellby Gård partners with Drivhuset (the Greenhouse), which helps new entrepreneurs start and run companies or realize their ideas in other ways. By offering guidance, education and a creative office environment, Drivhuset helps build the companies of the future. The success factor is a reality-oriented process in which entrepreneurs continuously test their ideas against those of their target group. This shortens the companies’ start-up period while developing them in harmony with the market. Through expert advice and practical assistance, Drivhuset achieves concrete results in the form of 1,000 new companies in Sweden each year.
FC ROSENGÅRD – FOR EQUALITY IN MALMÖ
We believe in the power of dreams and want to help build equality in Malmö, embracing all areas and people. Where all children and families dare to believe in their dreams and set goals for the future. Both on and off the pitch. That is why Mellby Gård supports women’s soccer team FC Rosengård!
TEACH FOR SWEDEN – FOR EQUAL EDUCATION FOR ALL
Children’s success at school should not be limited by their parents’ level of education, which school they attend or their socioeconomic background. Teach for Sweden wants all children to be able to choose their own future and believes in a world where everyone, regardless of background, has access to equal education. If all children enjoy the same conditions to succeed in the classroom, the foundation is laid for building a strong democratic society with diversity, knowledge and creativity, pervaded by strong leadership that drives Sweden forward. Teach for Sweden works for equal education through good leadership in classrooms based on the conviction that all children are capable. Mellby Gård believes in Teach for Sweden’s value base and partners with the organization.
PROJECT PLAYGROUND – GIVES CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE FAITH IN THE FUTURE
Mellby Gård partners with Project Playground whose overarching vision is a safe world in which children and young people grow up with faith in the future and opportunities to influence their own lives. Project Playground’s principal task is to provide a sanctuary where children and young people can develop selfrespect and ambitions. A place where children are allowed to be children, where young people are met with understanding, where they are seen and validated. In South Africa, Project Playground is working to strengthen the personal and social development of children and young people through free, organized after-school activities five days a week. All children and young people between 4 and 21 years of age, regardless of their background and circumstances, are welcome at two activity centres outside Cape Town. In connection with the influx of refugees that arrived in Sweden in 2015, the idea emerged to reuse parts of the South African experience in Sweden. In 2016, Project Playground gained access to its own premises in Hallonbergen and, in 2017, the operations were developed to include some 150 young people belonging to a group unable to finance their leisure activities themselves.
POST-GRADUATE POSITION LINKED TO SLU
Mellby Gård supports a post-graduate position at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences’ (SLU) Company Management Competence Centre (KCF). The theme of the project is “Obstacles and opportunities for entrepreneurship in green industries”. This involves mapping and analyzing hindrances to enterprise in the green industries. The agricultural sector in particular is currently characterized by structures and conditions that can prevent entrepreneurs from achieving profitability and growth. Söderberg & Haak’s chairman, Erik Andersson, also a board member in Mellby Gård, sits on the project’s steering committee. “In many industries, entrepreneurship and innovation flow are prerequisite to the industry’s success and growth,” says Erik Andersson. “We therefore seek to contribute to the green industries developing in a positive and profitable direction.”
THE TEACHERS’ GALA – WHEN STUDENTS CHOOSE
Without education, no country can develop. For this reason, Mellby Gård is the main sponsor of the annual Teachers’ Gala. In Sweden, where education is free, teachers can easily be taken for granted. The Teachers’ Gala serves to remind Swedes of what a wonderful job our teachers are doing. With a positive and respectful attitude toward teachers, Swedish society will develop. More will choose the teaching profession, the admission requirements for studying teaching will rise and, not least, our teachers will feel greater passion for their profession. The Teachers’ Gala is arranged annually and is an important inspiration for today’s teachers and students. All middle school, lower-secondary and upper-secondary pupils in Sweden may nominate their favourite teacher. Aided by pupils’ and teachers’ motivations, the qualities fundamental to successful, engaging and instructive teaching are then analyzed.
SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS – TEAM WORK, BOTH IN OUR COMPANIES AND IN SOCIETY
At Mellby Gård, we believe in team work, both in terms of our companies and in society in general. It is important that children and young people participate in team sports. We therefore support a number of sports associations. In addition to FC Rosengård we also support BK Union, IFK Hässleholm and Sösdala IF. Our biggest sports commitment is as the main sponsor of Trelleborgs FF, which we have supported for more than 25 years.