Responsible business

For years, the companies and branches of the PGNiG Group have engaged in numerous activities related to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development in the following areas: Market, Work Place, Local Communities and Natural Environment.

What is CSR?

Just as the activity of Ignacy Łukasiewicz, essentially ahead of legal commitments and regulations, at present – Corporate Social Responsibility – or CSR – is by definition a legally unforced, voluntary activity of the company. The essence of corporate social responsibility is to go beyond legal precepts and to do more than necessary. It can be said that corporate social responsibility and sustainable development is the philosophy of the corporate activity, and ascribing into its business strategy activities that, while contributing to the growth of the company, also support its farther and closer environment or, more generally, its stakeholders. And it is as such, as a long-term, strategic approach, that PGNiG and, in broader terms, companies belonging to the PGNiG Capital Group, understand this notion.
We pursue this activity in four main areas: Market, Workplace, Local Communities and Environment.

Responsible Business Forum:

Responsible business is the responsibility of enterprises for their impact on society. Respecting applicable legislation and collective agreements between social partners is a prerequisite to fulfil the obligations arising from this responsibility. To fully fulfil these obligations, the company should have a mechanism for integrating social, environmental, ethical issues as well as those related to human rights and the problems of consumers with their operation and core strategy in close cooperation with stakeholders, in order to:

  • maximize the creation of shared values for their owners / shareholders, other stakeholders and society as a whole;
  • identify, prevent and mitigate their possible adverse effects.

CSR Tradition at the PGNiG Group

In this respect, we are heirs to a glorious tradition that was initiated as early as in the mid-nineteenth century by Ignacy Łukasiewicz, a pioneer of the global oil industry. In the 1870s, Łukasiewicz’s initiative helped establish the so-called Barckie Kasy – Europe's very first  institutions providing insurance against illness, disability and old age. Workers also benefited from free medical care, obtaining salary during their sick leaves, and after having worked 20 years in the mine - also a pension. Families of victims of fatal accidents could receive grants and reimbursement of funeral expenses.

The staff referred to Ignacy Łukasiewicz as 'father', which probably best describes the level of their mutual relations. Apart from the responsibility to its own employees, Ignacy Łukasiewicz also showed great understanding of the needs of the local community. He was known as a generous philanthropist and benefactor. It is natural that Ignacy Łukasiewicz became the patron of the PGNiG SA Foundation operating since 2004, but still we feel that this man is unfortunately little known and still waiting to be discovered by the Polish society.

What does it mean that we are responsible?

Long CSR traditions in the PGNiG Capital Group translate into specific activity of branches and subsidiaries in 4 areas: market / client, environment, employees, society / local communities / partners.

Presentation file is available here: PDF (in Polish)

PGNiG Group in the Market

PGNiG operates, as a company listed on the stock market, pursuant to the document entitled "Best Practices of WSE Listed Companies in Warsaw", trying to stay ahead of current practices in this area.

PGNiG Capital Group companies have Environmental Management System (EMS) certificates with PN-EN ISO 14001 standard. PGNiG SA promotes new solutions and technologies. One of them is the use of gas in air conditioning systems. This will allow the heating and cooling of buildings at a competitive cost compared to other energy sources.

One of the PGNiG SA Branches - Central Laboratory of Measurement and Testing is the only one in Poland and one of two in Europe to have unique competence - accreditation for research relating to CO2 emission from natural gas combustion.

PGNiG conducted successful CO2 storage trials, and the development of these competencies is inscribed in the PGNiG Group's business strategy.

As a leading company in the field, we support secondary and higher vocational education, we participate in discussions and reforms relevant to the industry. It may safely be said that none of the major industry conferences is held without us, the PGNiG Group employees.

PGNiG Group and the Environment

We adhere to the principles of sustainable development also in terms of respecting the environment, and it is an important element of our strategy. The impact of the PGNiG Group companies on the environment is naturally inscribed in the specificity of their business. PGNiG interferes with natural resources in virtually every area of its activity, while the use of natural gas obtained by it allows for a considerable reduction in the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere.

Green actions are a part of PGNiG activity wherever there are PGNiG Group companies – both at home and abroad. The importance that the companies attribute to these issues is best proved by the fact of their voluntary adherence to programs involving in-company limitation of harmful impact on the environment. PGNiG Capital Group companies carry out monitoring and elimination of produced contamination of areas and tar pits, elimination of formerly used drilling pits, elimination of mining pits and boreholes, post-mining reclamation (the impact of drilling waste on the environment is limited through the use of new technologies of debris waste solidification and liquid waste drainage of circulation fluid). We report greenhouse gases, volume of water consumption and waste generated.

For several years, the environmental protection services of PGNiG have been preparing comprehensive annual environmental reports for internal purposes of the entire PGNiG Capital Group. The environmental data contained therein are divided into thematic groups associated respectively with each type of environmental impact and with particular parts of the environment.

The scope of the study takes into account all aspects related to environmental protection: legal, investment and economic ones, environmental management systems and implementation of new technologies. 2007 saw the first publishing of an external, universally accessible environmental report, and since 2008, issues related to environmental protection have been incorporated into PGNiG’s social reports.

Reports are available here

PGNiG Group and Its Employees

If we look at the corporate social responsibility taken by the companies of the PGNiG Group through the perspective of their responsibility towards the employees, we can see that it is PGNiG SA which sets the highest standards in this vital area. It is true both for the social dialogue, i.e. the relationship with the trade unions, and the benefits offered to the employees. The employees are provided with medical care, health rehabilitation programmes, pension schemes and a rich benefits package. PGNiG S.A. supports the development of its employees who attend various training courses in Poland and abroad, as well as post-graduate, regular and MBA studies. The Company is keen on promoting physical fitness among its employees, and either organises or subsidises various types of active leisure.

Health and Safety at the PGNiG Group deserves its own chapter. Let the facts bear witness to the high standards in this area: the companies of the Group are present on the oil fields in Europe, Africa and Central Asia, executing orders of the world's largest companies. This means that the certificates held by the Group companies concerning the quality systems and Health, Safety and Environment management systems comply with the most stringent international standards.

PGNiG Group and the Society

PGNiG SA supports a large number of initiatives aimed at promoting the Polish science and culture, and protecting and preserving the national heritage for future generations, both at the national and local levels.

PGNiG SA oversees the Gas Industry Museum in Warsaw, located in the historical building of the town gas plant at ul. Kasprzaka, which dates back to 1888. The Company also sponsors The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Memorial Museum of Oil Industry in Bóbrka where the global career of oil started.

The Museum continues to operate thanks to our subsidies. In 2009, the Management Board of PGNiG S.A. resolved to allocate additional, substantial funds to the Museum, to help create a modern display of the gas industry objects in Bóbrka. Another exceptional museum – the Gas Industry Museum in Paczków – operates thanks to the support from the Górnośląski Gas Company. This is the only place in Poland where entire production facilities have been preserved intact. What is interesting, the museum houses the largest collection of gas meters in Europe, of which the majority is in good working order.

For several years, PGNiG SA has supported charitable causes through its Ignacy Łukasiewicz Foundation which works with, among others, Caritas Polska. As part of a strategic partnership, the Foundation has taken care of 300 most needy children in Poland on a long-term basis under the Wings for Each Day programme (Skrzydła na co dzień). It is a strategic partner of the Student Volunteers programme (Wolontariat Studencki), designed by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and executed by the Klanza Polish Association of Educators and Animators (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Pedagogów i Animatorów „Klanza"), an NGO looking for new solutions aimed at changing the reality. Apart from these two major programmes, the PGNiG Foundation supports other non-governmental organisations and associations which pursue similar objectives.

The Foundation provides financial aid to hospitals, healthcare institutions, numerous foundations and orphanages. Charitable work is done by practically all branches and companies of the PGNiG Group. PGNiG S.A. attaches great importance to being an active member of local communities in the areas where its branches and companies operate. We believe that the members of the PGNiG Group can best identify the needs of local communities.

Strategic Approach to Sustainable Development and Responsible Business at the PGNiG Group

The PGNiG Group mission, being part of the Group new business strategy, contains the following statement: "working for the sake of our shareholders, customers and employees, we intend to be a reliable and transparent partner, fostering the Company's development and increasing its value in accordance with the principles of sustainable development." This means that we pay attention not only to the results of our activities, but also to the way we act to accomplish our business objectives. Obviously, that does not amount to the fact that acting in accordance with sustainable development principles has no positive impact on the Company's finances and its economic value growth.

In 2008, along with announcing the new business strategy, the PGNiG Group launched a new project aimed at formulating a social responsibility policy. Following the good example of large integrated energy and fuel companies and being deeply convinced of the importance of corporate responsibility, the PGNiG Group resolved, as the first company in the gas sector in Poland, to implement a comprehensive sustainable development strategy. The PGNiG SA Head Office and subsidiaries were involved in the strategy development. The Sustainable Development Strategy is scheduled to be officially announced in June 2009. The first Social Report of the PGNiG Group is planned to be published at the same time. The CSR strategy of the PGNiG Group, combining ethical and environmental issues with efficiency, aims to be a combination of the best policies in this field, especially pro-environmental ones. We intend to include in it objectives in agreement with PGNiG's business policy as well as obligations arising under our membership in the Global Compact and the Responsible Business Forum (FOB).