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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The basis of environmental management in our company is the Integrated Environmental Management System and OHS. Within its framework are implemented:

  • Sustainable Environmental Development Policy
  • Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • Laboratory Management Policy

International standards with which the Polpharma Group Integrated Environmental Management System and Health and Safety are compliant are:

  • ISO 14001 (environmental management)
  • ISO 45001 (Occupational health and safety management)
  • PN-EN 17025 (quality management in research laboratories)

Our the most important environmental goals:

  • limiting the consumption of electricity and heat,
  • limiting water intake,
  • increasing the use of recycled packaging materials,
  • increasing the amount of solvents regenerated,
  • reducing the amount of waste generated and increasing the percentage of waste subject to recovery and recycling,
  • reducing CO2 emissions in passenger transport.

We take actions to minimize our carbon footprint, through, among others reducing energy consumption, increasing the efficiency of transport (including passenger transport), controlling our suppliers under the Balanced Supply Chain Policy, and appropriate waste management.

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In addition to engineering, process and technological activities aimed at protecting the environment and improving safety, we also run many educational initiatives to raise awareness and promote appropriate attitudes among employees and the local community.

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Hello debtor!
From July 28, 2019 you live on credit …

When calculating the Eco Debt Day, the consumption of fossil fuels, water, soil, carbon dioxide emissions and the number of fish caught are taken into account. Burning fossil fuels causes greenhouse gas emissions, of which carbon dioxide accounts for 60% of our ecological footprint.

Because we burn fuels (coal, oil, gas) on a massive scale, emissions are also massive. The result is a climate imbalance.

The most common consequences include: numerous weather anomalies such as droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, rising sea and oceans, disturbing the seasons.

Each of us has an impact on what happens to our planet. We are able to make some changes with small steps.

  • Change your car for a bicycle or public transport, plane for train,
  • Save energy, water,
  • Sort waste and reduce their production, especially plastic,
  • Use reusable dishes when buying take-out food,
  • Buy food from local suppliers that has been produced in a friendly way
  • Limit meat food

Eco Debt Day 01.08.2018

The Eco Debt Day is an opportunity to remind you that we are all consumers of resources, and using more than nature can “renew” at the same time, we live simply … on credit. Importantly, we ‘borrow’ from future generations.

Care for the natural environment - our activities

In addition to the engineering, process and technology improvements we implement in order to protect the environment and enhance safety, we also undertake many projects in the field of environmental education with a view to raise and promote awareness among employees and the local community.

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Every year, on the occasion of Earth Day, we organize Polpharma Open Days, during which you can, among others, exchange waste paper and other waste for tree seedlings and ecological gadgets. Every day, we encourage employees to save water and energy, duplex printing, and waste segregation. At the entrance to Polpharma, there are a CD shredder and containers for used batteries, light bulbs, and expired medicines.

The development of the Polpharma Group and international expansion were also an opportunity to develop ecological solutions. Instead of going on frequent business trips, employees use teleconferencing systems. The transport needs associated with the delivery of documents have been reduced thanks to electronic data transmission systems and invoice circulation.


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To enable direct bicycle access to our manufacturing facilities, we have built comfortable roofed cycle parking lots at several locations on the premises of the company, having consulted our employees first. We have also developed a system of rewards for cycling to work regularly. Each time an employee commutes by bicycle to work, they are given 1 zloty which they can exchange for rewards in the MyBenefit cafeteria system.

We have also provided our employees and local communities with safe cycling training. We have used the money we earned for empty toner cartridges to buy a Bike Safety Town and a bicycle obstacle course that we use during our Open Day, the Polpharma Festival and the Sustainable Transportation Week.


Green Tickets

The goal of the Green Tickets project is to encourage our employees to come to work by public transport. They receive points in the MyBenefit cafeteria system when they purchase the following monthly tickets:

  • for bus communication,
  • for rail communication,
  • for streetcar communication,
  • for trolleybus communication,
  • on the subway.

Benefits for the environment from the program of subsidies for monthly tickets:

  • lower CO2 emissions,
  • fewer cars on the streets,
  • lower fuel consumption for employees,
  • noise reduction,
  • more free parking spaces in the company.

Logo zielony procesThe Green Process Program

The Green Process Award was established to recognize and appreciate the employees of our organization who contribute to improving the eco-efficiency of our products and services. Due to their activities, Polpharma implements the Environmental Sustainable Development Policy and can achieve a competitive advantage. The idea of ​​the program is to encourage employees to search for and implement innovations, and to root the principles of Green Processes in research and development, production and other areas.

Initiatives submitted for the Award are assessed in 4 categories:

  • sustainable development (65%)
  • knowledge transfer (15%)
  • financial benefits (10%)
  • scientific value (10%)

In 2018, we celebrated t

he 10th anniversary of the Awards:

  • 158 initiatives submitted in the years 2009-2019,
  • PLN 18 million benefits from previous applications.

Circular Economy

In 2018, the Polpharma Group conducted an analysis of the possibilities of implementing the principles of circular economy in a wider scope in accordance with the BS 8001 standard. Key issues were analyzed:

  • waste management,
  • packaging management,
  • water management,
  • energy policy,
  • cooperation with suppliers,
  • good practices.


In the next few years, Polpharma will undertake recommended activities in line with the idea of ​​circular economy. These include:

  • including environmental criteria in the supplier selection process,
  • striving to implement the zero waste to landfill assumption,
  • resignation from the use of disposable packaging: during events organized by us, in company canteens / canteens, in the purchasing process,
  • educating employees on sustainable consumption.

We also conducted a diagnosis of the Polpharma Group’s maturity in the field of  circular economy. It has been defined at level 2, which means that we have defined and started implementing measures for all key principles of circular economy. These include:

  • recovery and recycling of generated waste,
  • solvent regeneration,
  • the use of unit packaging from waste paper,
  • implementation of the Energy Saving Program.

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