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2014-05-26

Kesko Oyj: Kesko grants more than 3 000 scholarships to 9th graders who have promoted school work and tolerance

KESKO CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 26.05.2014 AT 10.00 1(1)

Kesko grants a €50 Fair Play scholarship for distribution to one pupil in
every comprehensive school grade nine class in Finland. The scholarship is a
reward to pupils who have promoted peace, tolerance and a positive atmosphere
in their schools and encouraged others in school work with their exemplary
behaviour.

- We want the scholarships to spur and encourage youths and teachers to draw
young people's attention to the power of our own example in building peace
for schoolwork and a positive working atmosphere. The grade nine pupils' end
of school year ceremony is a turning point in the lives of many young people.
I hope every youth has positive experiences of the joy of learning and going
to school, says Kesko's President and CEOMatti Halmesmäki
.

The recipients of Kesko Fair Play scholarships are selected jointly by
headmasters and class teachers. The total amount of the scholarships is more
than €150,000.

- This is a significant investment from Kesko and shows how much Kesko
appreciates school work and the upbringing of young people. Education is the
foundation of the welfare society, but even though this is well known, other
matters are often prioritised before education and the young get left behind.
Kesko takes a concrete stand for the value of education and good manners,
saysKatriina Käkönen
, vice-headmaster of Mäntynummen yhtenäiskoulu in Lohja.

The Kesko Fair Play scholarship is granted as a voucher accepted at
Intersport, Budget Sport, Kookenkä, Anttila, Asko, Sotka, K-rauta, Rautia,
K-citymarket and other K-Group stores.

The Kesko Fair Play scholarship is part of Kesko's long-term responsibility
work. Kesko and K-stores also take part in the Finnish Youth Guarantee
initiative with the aim to employ 1,000 unemployed young people by the end of
2014. Kesko and K-stores want to do their share in preventing the social
exclusion of young people.

Further information:

Matti Mettälä, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Stakeholder
Relations, tel. +358 105 322 200

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in
the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in
the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer
quality to the daily lives of consumers.
http://corporateresponsibility2013.kesko.fi/

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Source: Kesko Oyj via Globenewswire

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