ORLEN ORLEN Group 2017
Integrated Report

Social Environment


From its inception, PKN ORLEN has engaged in external initiatives promoting sustainable development.

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 organisation's principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environment, and anti-corruption efforts.

Since 2016, the ORLEN Group has been involved in the implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals at its companies and in the broader energy sector. In 2017, PKN ORLEN was among the signatories of the ‘Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals’ in Poland.
Since 2017, PKN ORLEN has been supporting the activities of the Polish Economic Security Foundation. One of the Foundation's objectives is to ensure the functioning of the Polish Economic Security Consortium of businesses and scientific centres, serving as a platform for networking science with business, as well as business support institutions and public administration.

Another project we participate 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. In the following years, it was joined by other ORLEN Group companies: ANWIL, Inowrocławskie Kopalnie Soli Solino, Basell Orlen Polyolefins, and ORLEN Południe.

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 PKN ORLEN's signing of the ‘Declaration of Polish Businesses for Sustainable Development’ 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 Eko 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.”

PKN ORLEN is also a member of the global Fair Trade social movement. 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. The movement relies on market approach to help producers in developing countries and to promote sustainability. Advocating a sustainable lifestyle and raising consumer awareness lie at the core of the Fair Trade concept.


Organisations and associations

PKN ORLEN's representatives participate in a number of various associations and organisations. Membership of these bodies is a vital component of PKN ORLEN's presence on the Polish and European economic and social arena.

Being part of these organisations and associations, PKN ORLEN has access to knowledge and information about draft regulations for the fuel and power sectors in Poland and Europe, can easily learn about technical solutions and findings of research carried out in other countries, and has an opportunity to share its knowledge and gain new experience. Through these organisations, in particular those that bring together employers or promote CSR ideas, PKN ORLEN builds stable relations with its environment.

Organisations and associations of which PKN ORLEN was a member in 2017

Selected organisations and associations of which other ORLEN Group companies were members in 2017