|1931||29 500 employees|
|1917||domestic shoe shops|
|1919||zshoe shops abroad|
|1919||company savings bank|
|1924||workshop autonomy system|
|1924||participation in profit and loss|
|1924||research department (inventions)|
|1930||five-day working week|
|1932||81% of total shoe production in Czechoslovakia|
|75% of the Czechoslovak shoe export|
|Zlín 1900||2 975 inhabitants|
|Zlín 1932||26 350 inhabitants|
|1923||Mayor of Zlín|
|1929||member of the Provincial Council|
|1910||Architect J. Kotěra|
|1919||Architect F. L. Gahura|
|1924||A Factory in Gardens project|
|1926-27||the town of gardens urbanism|
|1930||Architect V. Karfík|
|1922||half price of shoes – impact on price level in Czechoslovakia|
|1923||thousands of new job opportunities|
|1923||replacing craft by mass production|
|1928||plans for the Prague–Česká Třebová–Kroměříž–Zlín–Púchov–Košice railway|
|1929||financing project for Moravia and Silesia|
|1930||reorganization plan for water management of the river Morava|
|1931||programme for regional development of Central and Eastern Moravia|
|1931||enquiry about the role of T. Baťa in the national economy in the Přítomnost magazine|
|1910-20||supporting artists: Gahura, Kobzáň|
|1912||houses for employees|
|1921||factory opened for excursions|
|1921||film screenings for employees|
|1924||health and social department|
|1924||SK Baťa sports club|
|1925,1930||special education: shoemaking:|
|apprentice school (Baťa School of Work)|
|1925-29||public education reform|
|(experimental schools in Zlín)|
|1926||employing the handicapped|
|1928||Baťa Relief Fund|
|1928||supporting science – Anthropos Brno|
|1917-32||network of approx.1,800 shops CZ|
|1919-32||network of approx. 700 shops abroad (from Chicago to Singapore)|
|1921-32||network of affiliated companies abroad|
|1931||export of factories and architecture|
My head was burning from confronting my views on human society, the view of life derived from the vantage point of my twenty years and from the books of Tolstoy, poems of Svatopluk Čech … If i should need a spade or tools, they would be produced in a socialist factory, as described by Zola in his Work.
(Úvahy a projevy, 1932)
Concerning machines and work organization I did not find much new in America… But the skills of workers were great. On some machines they were achieving ten times higher performance than our own workers. Therefore I worked there as a factory worker, knowing fully that it is futile to tell people how to work and not being able to show them. I also wanted to experience with my own body the difficulties in attaining such high performances.
(Úvahy a projevy, 1932)
Many people claim that is impossible to build large corporations in our country because we lack the sea, the coal, and oil resources available in America. I am convinced that the prosperity of the American people is based primarily on the wisdom and diligence of their population… I would like to prove that such enterprises can be created in our country as well.
(Sdělení, 25. 8. 1923)
By profit sharing we intend to boost both the moral and material well-being of the workers… We would like all our workers to become financial partners in our enterprise… We desire that each of our workers strives to become a foreman and that his behaviour would allow us to promote him to fore-man at any time.
Workshop autonomy is not only cheaper, it is also better… a system as foolproof and sure as the law of Earth's gravity had to be found.
Calculations, loss and profit accounts ... in our factories, they are in the hands of workers and clerks. Together with workshop foremen, workers calculate their shares, but also the shares that go to the enterprise; this makes workers informed about the results earlier than management.
Sdělení, 13. 6. 1925)
The greatest obstacle to overcome for entrepreneurs is to realize that they must divide profits resulting from advances in production justly among their employees, customers and enterprise... Even the best social legislation may be sometimes more to the detriment than to the benefitof working people, because while laws can order entrepreneurs to be charitable, they cannot force people to become or to remain an entrepreneur.
(Sdělení, 2. 8. 1924)
A bankruptperson who came out of bankruptcy poor and with a thrashed body does not deserve contempt. But I do not see any difference between a rich man who is bankrupt and a criminal.
(Naše banky, 1927)
What we have lately tended to call an economic crisis is nothing other than moral misery. Moral misery is a cause, economic decline is an effect… it is necessary to overcome a crisis of trust.
(České slovo, 3. 7. 1932)
Sell for as much as you can, but give an honest measure. Buy for as little as possible, but pay honestly...
A worker with savings is freer, more self-contained and independent than a landowner or a factory owner with debts.
What is mine is precious, what is public is sacred. It is the duty of a citizen to govern, not to grumble. Just like I want all workers in our factories to be their own managers, I would like all citizens of our municipality to be their own mayor.
Free and independent citizens need room and space for their own development… That is why our new housing is spacious and open in all sides. That is why we want to build a town in gardens.
Every day, I would to learn at least something my son learns at school. We are actually building our schools not only for our children, but for ourselves as well – and what we teach and learn in those schools should make lives better, more beautiful and more pleasant.
Every penny spent on our schools will pay back many times…
Jan Kobzáň: He liked to listen to others, he waited with his words, adopting a pose without being a poseur. … Baťa greets everyone, Baťa sees everyone – even when you want just to pass by discreetly. His ´Welcome!´ sounded so colloquial, like from a neighbour, a friend, somebody from our country and region.
Noviny Zlín, 24. 11. 1939
Ludvík Vaculík: Tomáš Baťa uplifted the Czechs from cobblers to Europeans. … Baťa cannot be imitated only technically; he was a spiritual and cultural phenomenon as well. … I think that he was an unidentified utopian, who nevertheless turned a large part of social utopia into reality.
J. Ruszelák, 2002
Compiled by Z. Pokluda