Report on Responsible Business in Poland. Good Practices 2013

Report on Responsible Business in Poland. Good Practices 2013

It is for the twelfth time that we have the pleasure to present you with the Report on Responsible Business in Poland.

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Good Practices hoping that all individuals, companies and institutions engaged in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development will see it as a source of information and inspiration. The good practices are divided into seven core areas in accordance with ISO 26000. Out of over 400  escriptions provided by companies, we have selected the ones that, together, will give you a picture of CSR in Poland. Experts contributed articles in which they discussed highlights of the past year and projected trends for 2014. Similarly to the previous editions, the Report includes a review of major research studies and a selection of press highlights. In the Calendar section, you will find an overview of the most important CSR meetings, initiatives, campaigns and conferences held in 2013.

In 2013, the Responsible Business Forum dedicated great efforts to CSR analysis and promotion. To celebrate the International Women’s Day, we published the first list of women involved in CSR in Poland featuring 50 female experts, managers and presidents who, through their actions and initiatives, have a real impact on the development of corporate social responsibility in Poland. As the first non-governmental organization in Poland, we issued our social report in accordance with the GRI standard. At the CSR Anti-Conference, more than 100 participants discussed key topics related to the role of business in the society. As part of the European CSR Award Scheme for Partnerships, Innovation and Impact, we named the winning partnerships, and awarded “A Pen of Responsibility” (Pióro Odpowiedzialności) to the best journalists. In the course of our collaboration with companies, we held meetings with experts and a business breakfast to discuss ways to prevent corruption, and developed a publication entitled “Ecology of the Future” (Ekologia przyszłości). We co-organized the World Climate Summit & WBCSD Business Day. The Polish Diversity Charter has already been signed by 87 signatories. As part of the High Level Event “Diversity Management for Inclusive Growth”, we also hosted experts engaged in diversity management. Four thematic analyses and two papers were published as part of the “Shared Responsibility” publication series. Thanks to the efforts of the Responsible Business League, several thousands college students learned about sustainable development. We expanded our presence in the Internet and social media. We shared our knowledge at the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój and during dozens of conferences and thematic meetings. We continued our cooperation with the organizers of the Social Reports contest and the authors of the Responsible Company Ranking.

2013 was a year of helplessness towards human rights violation in Syria, a year of hopes prompted by the election of the new Pope Francis and the new language of the Catholic Church, and finally a year of disputes on whether Edward Snowden is a traitor or a whistleblower. The neoliberals across the globe bid farewell to Margaret Thatcher, human rights supporters grieved the death of Nelson Mandela, and Poland said final goodbye to its former Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki. Typhoon Haiyan killed 10,000 people in the Philippines. The hurricane-force storm Xaver hit Poland, and reminded us of the dangerous consequences of climate changes. The protests in Ukraine were a herald of changes that our neighbours are yet to experience.