Corporate Social Responsibility in a wider business environment

PKN ORLEN has signed a declaration defining the civilisational challenges faced by Polish companies as well as the changes needed in Poland to develop in a sustainable manner.

PKN ORLEN is a signatory of the 'Declaration of Polish Businesses for Sustainable Development'. 2014 saw the launch of the third phase of the project 'Vision of Sustainable Development of Polish Businesses until 2050', drawing on the international initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which represents businesses aware of their social and environmental impacts in their area of operation. In Poland, the 'Vision of Sustainable Development of Polish Businesses until 2050' is a joint initiative of the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Environment, the Responsible Business Forum, and PwC, a consultancy, and is meant to integrate Polish companies around the idea of sustainable development. The document presents the position of Poland's business community, highlighting the civilisational challenges faced by Polish companies as well as the changes needed in Poland to develop is a sustainable manner.

Participation in this project is a manifestation of our involvement in matters relevant to the environment we operate in, and our thinking about the future in a broader context, which is referred to as a wider business environment in PKN ORLEN's CSR Strategy for 2015–2017. Already in 2003, PKN ORLEN declared its intention to comply with the Global Compact principles, and since 1997 we have implemented a number of projects under the Responsible Care programme. In 2011, we signed the 'Declaration on Sustainable Development in the Polish Energy Sector' and the “Declaration of Compliance with the Code of Corporate Responsibility'.

Corporate social responsibility in a wider business environment is implemented through specific activities, including R&D projects. PKN ORLEN cooperates with the AGH University of Science and Technology of Kraków and the Warsaw University of Technology, with the aim of developing innovative solutions, enhancing efficiency and security, and protecting the natural environment.

We also joined the 'Poland's Economic Security' consortium of scientific institutions and industrial partners, intended as a platform of cooperation between science, enterprises, and institutional stakeholders in their business environment. The goal of the project is to conduct joint research, commercialise the results of research projects, and enhance competitiveness of the Polish economy. The consortium includes the Catholic University of Lublin, Zakłady Azotowe PUŁAWY, Grupa Azoty, PGNiG and PZU. Another major project is being implemented in collaboration with the Office of Technical Inspection and is meant to improve the technical safety of PKN ORLEN's production units.