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Best Philanthropic Venture Award Presented at Embassy of Estonia in Stockholm


Yesterday, on 9 December, the Embassy of Estonia in Stockholm and the Estonian-Swedish Chamber of Commerce presented an award to Stenströms Skjortfabrik AB recognising the best philanthropic act done in 2013 by a Swedish company operating in Estonia.

Stenströms Skjortfabrik AB has lengthily and consistently supported the Estonian Agrenska Foundation, which helps children with disabilities and chronic diseases and their families in Estonia.

The award was accepted in front of 80 guests by the company’s CEO Anders Bengtsson. In his award speech, Bengtsson recalled his mandatory service in the Swedish armed forces, which is where he first came into contact with children who needed assistance and when he promised himself to do everything he can to help them.

The quality men’s clothing company was founded in 1899 and an affiliate of the company has been active in Estonia, near Elva, for more than 10 years and employs around 80 people. Thanks to its high-quality and unique products the company has, among other things, earned the title of official purveyor of fine garments to the Swedish Monarchy.

The Estonian Agrenska Foundation (EAF) is celebrating its tenth year of activity this year and is the so-called daughter foundation of the Swedish Agrenska Foundation, which next year will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its establishment and the 25th anniversary of its re-establishment. The foundation’s patron in Estonia is Evelin Ilves and its patron in Sweden is Queen Silvia. At the moment, the foundation’s big project is the reconstruction of the Tammistu Manor near Tartu into a consultation and rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities and uncommon diseases in Estonia. At an event dedicated to celebrating EAF’s 10th anniversary, Stenströms Skjortfabrik AB donated 50,000 Euros to the foundation.

Over 1,500 companies part-owned by Swedes are active in Estonia.


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