Selected social projects and initiatives
The ORLEN Group’s sustainability and CSR initiatives have a strategic dimension, which is best reflected in the type of initiative we engage in.
In December 2003, PKN ORLEN joined Global Compact, an initiative proposed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. We declared that we would work to advance the then nine, and now ten, principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environment, and anti-corruption efforts. Started in 2000, Global Compact is the UN’s largest project promoting corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Signing of the declaration by PKN ORLEN was a natural consequence of the Company’s CSR policy and its public commitment to respect the Global Compact principles and subject itself to public scrutiny.
The ORLEN Group is facing a new challenge now. In 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals, which build on the Millennium Development Goals. The 17 goals and 169 targets cover a broad spectrum of problems to be solved with significant support from socially responsible businesses.
The longest-running project which PKN ORLEN has been involved in is Responsible Care. This global initiative brings together chemical manufacturing companies to improve their health, safety and environment performance (the so called HSE triad), as well as to share information about their activities. PKN ORLEN has participated in Responsible Care since 1997, when the programme was adopted by the Company’s legal predecessor. Later, ANWIL, Inowrocławskie Kopalnie Soli Solino, and Basell Orlen Polyolefins, of the ORLEN Group, joined in,committing themselves to reducing their environmental footprint and improving safety and health conditions for their employees and local communities. In 2007 PKN ORLEN signed the Declaration of Support to the Responsible Care Global Charter. This initiative of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) is a form of voluntary self-regulation of the chemical industry aiming to foster environmental protection and the health and safety of people all over the world. It also defines ways of responding to challenges related to sustainable development and proper management of chemicals, while calling for increased transparency in the chemical industry. The Responsible Care Global Charter was revised in 2015.The new version focuses on the role and responsibility of global chemical manufacturers and their part in development of Responsible Care.
Given the global and consumer trends, CSR strategies must not only respond to the current challenges but also anticipate them. One of such proactive initiatives was the signing of ‘Declaration on Sustainable Development in the Energy Sector’ by energy companies. PKN ORLEN adopted the Declaration in 2010.The signatories acknowledge that '...the joint efforts should focus on following and promoting the concept of sustainable development'. Such initiatives by energy companies help create shared value and contribute to solving important social problems.
Another milestone event was the signing of the ‘Declaration of Polish Businesses for Sustainable Development’ by PKN ORLEN in 2014. By doing so, the Company joined the group of companies supporting the ‘Vision of Sustainable Development of Polish Businesses until 2050’. The document draws on the international initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The project brings together Polish businesses to deliver sustainable development and defines the key challenges and priorities in which enterprises are expected to support social and economic changes.
Since 2015, PKN ORLEN and ORLEN Eco have been active members of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry. During the 2015 Polish Chemical Industry Congress, PKN ORLEN signed the ‘Declaration of support to the sustainable development concept in chemical industry’. In the document, the signatories wrote: 'Aware of the role the chemical industry plays in modern economies and the effect it has on development of other industries, we want to ensure that our actions and initiatives actively support delivery of sustainable development'.
The mission of the Płock Industry and Technology Park is to create and consistently develop a business centre that would earn a renowned position in Europe and − relying on industry and new technologies − would offer its tenants favourable conditions for doing business. The Park was set up at the initiative of the City of Płock and PKN ORLEN.The relevant agreement was signed in 2003 and the company to manage the Park was established two years later.
The Park offers space where the synergies of science, research and knowledge are employed to develop new products, technologies and services which stimulate economic growth and create new jobs. It is where businesses create and support economic processes based on innovative projects and R&D programmes.
Partnership relations with NGOs
PKN ORLEN and the ORLEN Group actively support the third sector. Particularly noteworthy is the cross-sectoral partnership programme participated in by two organisations which play a major role in stimulating activity among the local communities of Płock and Ostrów Wielkopolski and their vicinity. The partnership’s goal is to improve the quality of life in the areas where PKN ORLEN operates. It is addressed mainly at local NGOs that run innovative projects for local communities.
The Fundusz Grantowy dla Płocka Foundation was a pioneer initiative in Poland. It was launched by the Płock municipal authorities, PKN ORLEN and Basell Orlen Polyolefins. With the support from its founders, it engages in a variety of activities to improve the quality of life in Płock. The Foundation provides financial support to associations, clubs and foundations that help people living Płock in various aspects of their lives – from sports to social care and culture. In 2014, it launched a competition for informal groups and individuals, and a year earlier it adopted a new streetworking methodology for its work with children.
The Fundusz Grantowy Dobrego Sąsiedztwa dla Ostrowa Wielkopolskiego Association has similar goals. It was established in 2006 after the Grant Fund set up by the Municipality of Ostrów Wielkopolski, PKN ORLEN and UNDP in 2004 was transformed into an association. The Association members are the Town of Ostrów Wielkopolski, the Municipality and Town of Odolanów, and the Municipality of Ostrów Wielkopolski. Their main objective is to work together with local NGOs on interesting initiatives in the areas of culture, art, national heritage, science, education, health protection, social welfare, social problems, sport and physical culture. PKN ORLEN is the main benefactor of the Association.
Both of these programmes are addressed at local NGOs, social activists, local communities, customers, suppliers and subcontractors, as well as medical, cultural, educational and social care institutions.
PKN ORLEN is also one of the founders of the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Museum of Oil and Gas Industry Foundation in Bóbrka. The Museum is an exceptional place in Poland, as it documents the history of the Polish oil and gas industry. The goal of the Foundation is to support, develop and promote the Museum, protect historical objects, increase the number of exhibits, and protect cultural heritage. The Museum is the only such institution located in a working oil extraction facility. Among its attractions are oil wells that date back to the 19th century and are still in use. The Foundation provides platforms for exchange of information and experience between individuals and institutions that want to protect instruments, equipment and documents used by the oil and gas industry. All this is part of the wider care for national heritage, culture and protection of Poland’s historical objects.
Since 2008, Stop Cafes and Stop Cafe Bistros have been selling Fair Trade coffee only. The Fair Trade system of certification and labelling is used for products made in accordance with the principles of fair trade.
Fair Trade is a social movement that uses market approach to help producers in developing countries and to promote sustainability. In addition to better prices, producers are offered support from their trading partners to operate in a manner that is sustainable and safe for people and the environment, and that benefits democratic development of their communities. The movement is supported and promoted by a wide range of social organisations and businesses, which support and lobby for greater equality in sharing the profits generated by international trade. Advocating a sustainable lifestyle and raising consumer awareness lie at the core of the Fair Trade concept.
Assistance System for the Transport of Hazardous Materials (SPOT)
The ORLEN Group plays an extremely important role in the Assistance System for the Transport of Hazardous Materials, which helps remove consequences of accidents involving chemical substances and is vital to the overall safety. It relies on a network of properly equipped regional facilities.The National SPOT Centre is part of PKN ORLEN’s Company Fire Service in Płock and offers level 1 assistance by providing information over the telephone and on the website. The System also covers ORLEN Paliwa, ORLEN Południe and ANWIL.
Its ultimate goal is to limit consequences of accidents in transport of hazardous materials by supporting the operations of the National Fire Service and other rescue services across Poland.