Fundacja Firmy Rodzinne (FFR) was founded in 2011. Its goal is to protect common family businesses interests by building the community and enhancing the feeling of shared goals, We offer family businesses support and promotion. Owing to the Foundation activities it is possible to get advice, exchange knowledge and experience among other family businesses, in particular, during the mentoring meetings held in other family businesses.
Family businesses constitute internationally the cornerstones of economies; they guarantee development, security and durability through generations. They were often set up on the grounds of the passionate first generation owners (now they have transformed into big corporations, namely Auchan, Mars, Wrigley etc.). The family businesses (nowadays multegenerational) provide sustainable economic development, foster business traditions and culture which focuses on building long-term values.
In Poland the family business idea was reborn with the 1989 transformation, so it has been present for more than 25 years. We have recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of free market economy in which, without granting those businesses any special treatment, they were developing dynamically and today they constitute a significatnt part of the Polish economy. In this light, taking into account the international research, we estimate that we have more than a milion family businesses in Poland. They make up for about 78% of all businesses. Nowadays, family businesses, not big multinationals, play a crucial role as employers.