The Columbia Foundation
  • The pay-it-forward concept/social responsibility

    Pass it on and change the world!
  • Integrity

    Honesty, truthfulness, accuracy and transparency of all actions.
  • Excellence

    Performance that surpasses ordinary standards.
  • Legacy

    Inspire, empower and encourage social responsibilities for generations to come and continue the work.
  • The right to adequate food

    Derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - ICESCR, and defined on The United Nations Special Report in 2002 as follows: “Right to adequate food is a human right, inherent in all people, to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensures a physical and mental, individual and collective fulfilling and dignified life free of fear.” The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, have the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.
  • The right to shelter

    Derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - ICESCR, and defined on The United Nations Special Report in 2002 as follows: "The right to live somewhere in security, peace and dignity." It requires "adequate privacy, adequate space, adequate security, adequate lighting and ventilation, adequate basic infrastructure and adequate location with regard to work and basic facilities – all at a reasonable cost." Parties must ensure security of tenure and that access is free of discrimination, and progressively work to eliminate homelessness. Forced evictions, defined as "the permanent or temporary removal against their will of individuals, families and/or communities from the homes and/or land which they occupy, without the provision of, and access to, appropriate forms of legal or other protection", are a prima facie violation of the Covenant.