Poland: Responsible business growing at a 30% rate

The report “Responsible Business in Poland. Good practices”, which is the largest CSR review in Poland, has been published for the 17th time. In this year’s edition of the publication, there is an increase of 30 percent both in terms of the number of submitted practices and the number of companies. This is also another record in the report issued by the Responsible Business Forum, the premiere of which took place on 28 March this year in Warsaw.

 

 

More and more companies implement and carry out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. This is confirmed by the latest edition of the Responsible Business Forum publication entitled “Responsible Business in Poland. Good practices”. It summarises the development of CSR in 2018, and its main part consists of good practices reported by companies. In last year’s edition, for the first time the number of companies’ activities exceeded 1,000, and this year the number has reached over 1,500.

 

– We observe a very dynamic development of corporate social responsibility. We are very pleased with this trend. This result is due to many factors. Initiatives and legal regulations at the international and national level continue to appear, encouraging companies to be more active in the field of CSR. One of them are the Sustainable Development Goals – business participation will accelerate the process of achieving them. CSR owes its development also to the requirements of business partners to provide information also concerning non-financial activities of the company, confirming lower reputational and financial risk associated with a given entity. CSR is becoming an irreplaceable tool in the growing competition for attracting and retaining employees – as shown by the increase in the number of workplace practices by more than 30%. These are the main factors, but certainly not the only ones because it is worth remembering about the growing awareness of consumers, key initiatives such as COP24 or nationwide and regional activities of non-governmental organisations in this field – concludes Marzena Strzelczak, General Director of the Responsible Business Forum.

 

1549 is the total number of practices included in this 17th edition. The sum of companies’ activities consists of new practices – submitted to the report for the first time, this year 826 (previous edition: 639) and long-term practices. The authors of the report also noted an increase in the number of small and medium enterprises, which has gone up by 10 to 60 organisations. The industries most numerously represented in the Report are finance (32 companies), services (31 companies), trade (22 companies), FMCG (21 companies).

Areas of CSR

This is another edition of the report, the core of which is the division into 7 areas of corporate social responsibility proposed in ISO 26000 standard. This review allows to see trends and changes in CSR over the years. The most popular core subjects, as in previous editions, include community involvement and development, as well as labour practices. It is worth noting, however, that for the first time in the history of the report not human rights, but honest operational practices were the least represented area.

 

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