ORLEN ORLEN Group 2017
Integrated Report

Best Practices in the Area of Education


Environmental compensation

A large production company like PKN ORLEN uses the natural environment intensively, one example of which is the preparation of sites for new projects. This process often involves the necessity to remove trees and shrubs in industrial areas. To compensate for those environmental impacts, we embark on numerous pro-environmental projects, including the planting of trees and shrubs on the Company’s own premises and in the town of Płock. As part of these efforts, 568 trees and 158 shrubs were planted in 2017.

Peregrine falcon restoration project

Since 1999, PKN ORLEN has been actively involved in efforts to restore the peregrine falcon population in Poland, in cooperation with the ‘SOKÓŁ’ (‘FALCON’) Wildlife Protection Association (www.peregrinus.pl/en/). The magnificent peregrine falcon is listed on the Polish Red List of Animals as a CR (critically endangered) species. The programme is a showcase of PKN ORLEN’s long-term environmental initiatives. Our partnership with the 'SOKÓŁ' Association is regularly recognised and awarded in environmental competitions.



Under the agreement with the Association, the nest and the falcons are continuously monitored, chicks are ringed, and the box is inspected and maintained outside the breeding season.

Today, we encourage everyone to watch the lives of these wild birds through the nest webcam.

For more information on the peregrine falcon, history of the nest, the programme and the ‘SOKÓŁ’ (‘FALCON’) Wildlife Protection Association.

Responsible Care Programme

The Responsible Care Programme is based on the same guiding principles all over the world, but the Polish edition is Europe’s largest in terms of the scope and number of implemented projects.
The projects are carried out and coordinated by the Secretariat of the Responsible Care Programme managed by ORLEN Eco under the supervision of the Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry and the Governing Board of the Responsible Care Programme.
The Programme members are PKN ORLEN, IKS Solino, Basell Orlen Polyolefins, ANWIL, ORLEN Południe, Unipetrol and Paramo.
Besides initiatives that are mandatory under the Programme, ORLEN Group companies also run their own projects, namely:

  • ‘Tree for a Bottle’ programme.
  • ‘Catch a Hare’ and ‘Catch a Hare – Junior Edition’ photo contest.
  • ‘I Care for the Environment’ meetings.
  • ‘Nature Watchers’ competition.
  • Free seminars and training programmes for companies involved in the Programme implementation.
  • The Chemical Sector Environmental Forum.

PKN ORLEN has been a member of the Responsible Care Programme, a voluntary global pro-environmental initiative of the chemical industry, since 1997. Steady improvement of the condition of the natural environment is a measure of the Programme’s success, and continuous dialogue with clients, suppliers, trading partners and local communities is one of the key areas of a company’s contribution to the initiative. Its participants make a public declaration of their intention to improve their performance and are expected to demonstrate their achievements.

In 2017, PKN ORLEN continued its activities under the Programme, and met all the related reporting obligations: reports, indicators, surveys. The information is used to assess the condition of the environment and the progress of the Responsible Care implementation by chemical industry companies that have subscribed to the initiative and are members of the Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry.

Besides reporting and mandatory tasks, the Company continued an initiative to increase employees’ involvement in learning and expanding their knowledge about the ideas behind and guidelines of the Responsible Care Programme, and to raise their awareness of the nature around us. In 2017, the projects carried out as part of the Programme included the 'Catch the Hare' photo competition, 'Tree for a Bottle – the New Edition', 'I Care for the Environment' and 'Nature Watchers' campaigns.

Wildlife survey

 In 2017, a wildlife survey was carried out on the premises of the Płock production plant and in the immediate surroundings. The most important work done during the survey was recognition of entire ecosystems in the area. The survey helped to determine the current state of wildlife in the studied area and will serve as a basis for sustainable development activities at the local and municipality level. It will also help to plan the steps to take to protect and increase biodiversity.

In the vicinity of the Płock production plant, there are four types of protected habitats listed in Annex I to the Habitats Directive. In particular, they are located in the eastern and southern parts of the studied area, i.e. on the Brzeźnica river valley side and near the Moczary retention reservoirs:

  • Alder and ash floodplain forests and riparian forests (Alno-Ulmion).
  • Broadleaved forests (Carpinion).
  • Ranunculus rivers – a part of a tributary of the Brzeźnica.
  • Riverain herbaceous area - in the Brzeźnica tributary valley.

The identified nature conservation areas will receive particular protection when locations of future investment projects are chosen.

Among the 291 flora taxa identified, there are three species which receive partial protection: dwarf everlast (Helichrysum arenarium), broad-leaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine), and twayblade (Listera ovata). No species under full protection were identified. In the Brzeźnica river, there was found the weatherfish (Misgurnus fossilis), which is an endangered species, and the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus), which is listed as near threatened in the IUCN Red List. There are also eight bird species which are listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive: red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio), barred warbler (Sylvia nisoria), western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), corn crake (Crex crex), common tern (Sterna hirundo), black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), and common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). Of the 19 mammal species, eight receive partial protection and two, namely European beaver and otter, are listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive. In addition, in the vicinity of the production plant four species of bats which receive full protection were identified:

  • Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus).
  • Common noctule (Nyctalus noctula).
  • Long-eared bat (Plecotus sp.).
  • Common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus).

BOP Prospects' competition

‘BOP Prospects’ is a competition aimed at increasing young people’s awareness of the role of plastics, particularly of polyolefins, in human life. It is held by Płock-based Basell Orlen Polyolefins. As part of the project, young people from Płock and its vicinity have a chance to learn about the advantages of plastics and the reasons why plastics are a material of the 21st century. This educational project takes place periodically. After years of public debates, last year it was held as a film competition (perspektywybop.pl).