CSR initiatives

We are involved in a number of external initiatives in the area of ​​social responsibility and sustainable development, contributing - together with other partners - to improving standards in our environment.

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United Nations Global Compact Initiative

In December 2016, Polpharma formally joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative, committing itself to comply with and popularise the 10 principles of UN Global Compact and to regularly report progress in this field. Polpharma President Markus Sieger also became a member of the Global Compact Network Poland Program Board.

UN Global Compact is the world’s largest initiative bringing together businesses working for sustainable development. Since its inauguration in 2000 by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, over 13,500 entities from 170 countries have joined the Initiative.

UN Global Compact is a leading platform for the development, implementation and dissemination of responsible corporate policy, which links strategic business activities with 10 basic principles in the field of human rights, employee rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption. Through a wide spectrum of activities and cooperation with governments, public administrators, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and scientific institutions, UN Global Compact supports:

  • dissemination of 10 Global Compact principles to businesses around the world
  • implementation of the general objectives of the United Nations, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

Upon joining this initiative, Polpharma has committed to complying with the 10 principles of UN Global Compact:

Human rights

1. Support and respect for human rights adopted by the international community

2. Elimination of all cases of human rights violations by the company

Work standards

3. Respect for freedom of association

4. Elimination of all forms of forced labour

5. Abolishing child labour

6. Effective prevention of discrimination in the field of employment

Protection of the natural environment

7. Preventive approach to the environmental damage

8. Undertaking initiatives to promote a mindset of ecological responsibility

9. Use and dissemination of environmentally friendly technologies

Counteracting Corruption

10. Counteracting corruption in all forms, including extortion and bribery

 

In order to fulfil its strategy of social responsibility,  Polpharma also supports the implementation of 6 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 3. – good health and quality of life, 5. – gender equality, 6. – decent work and economic growth, 9. – industry, innovation, infrastructure, 12. responsible consumption and production, 16. – peace, justice and strong institutions.

Responsible Business Forum

Polpharma Group is a strategic partner of the Responsible Business Forum, which places us among companies with important corporate social responsibility track records, and who are open to sharing their experience with others and seeking to support the long-term development of corporate social responsibility in Poland.

The Responsible Business Forum is a think-and-do-tank and an advocate of responsible business, mindful of the impact of economic activity on the environment and on the society.

Diversity Charter

We have signed the Diversity Charter. We have thus undertaken to prohibit discrimination in the workplace and to promote diversity. As a signatory of the Charter we are prepared to involve all of our staff members and business and social partners in pursuit of those goals.

We give priority to the issue of equal treatment and providing equal career opportunities to all employees.

 

Building on a foundation which has been developed for years and is valued by our employees, we would like to go further and make diversity one of the most important drivers of our development. That is why already today we are intensively improving our skills in the area of management and working in diverse teams, for example through workshops and training activities.

 

Read more about the Diversity Charter and about building a culture of diversity at Polpharma Group in our Corporate Social Responsibility Report on pp. 59-60.

Partnership for Sustainable Development

In June 2017, a partnership was initiated between the Ministry of Development and representatives of the private sector for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Poland. We are one of the companies that have signed a declaration on this matter.

The purpose of the partnership is cooperation of various environments for the effective achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative popularizes the sustainable development goals adopted by the international community, builds awareness of their importance for individual social groups and the need for joint actions to achieve them.

As part of the initiative, we have made specific commitments corresponding to selected Sustainable Development Goals.
Those are:

  • covering one million people in Poland with educational and preventive actions in the field of health (Objective 3 – Good health and quality of life),
  • striving for 70% of our key suppliers to meet the requirements of the Polpharma Group Supplier Code of Conduct (Goal 8 – Economic growth and decent work) as part of building a responsible supply chain,
  • building national and international partnerships for the successful implementation of innovative solutions and advanced therapies, including biological medicines (Goal 9 – Innovation, industry, infrastructure),
  • limiting the use of resources and increasing the level of use of recycled materials, as well as implementing solutions supporting reduction of CO2 emissions (Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production).

Partnership for Accessibility

In 2019, we joined the Partnership for Accessibility under the Accessibility Plus Program, implemented by the Ministry of Economic Development in cooperation with local governments, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations. The goal of the Partnership is to qualize opportunities and access for all citizens to the physical, social and cultural environment, recreation, leisure, sport, health care, education, work, transport, information and communication.

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Environmental responsibility

We attach great importance to harmonious coexistence with the natural environment and we make efforts to minimise the environmental footprint of our manufacturing activities.
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