Strategic priorities for corporate social responsibility
We are perfectly aware of the enormous responsibility involved in the chemical business.
We are perfectly aware of the enormous responsibility involved in the chemical business. Sustainability and corporate business responsibility are of strategic importance to us. Oversight of the process of sustainable development management rests with the President of the Management Board and with individual Management Board members within their respective areas of responsibility. As the pursuit of sustainable development spans all areas of the Group’s activities, representatives from various departments and levels of the organisation are also involved in the process.
We treat our strategic approach to sustainability as a reflection of the integrated approach to the measures we take in the area of economic efficiency, responsibility towards employees and the environment, as well as community relationships. In 2017, we updated our strategic priorities for sustainable development and social responsibility.
State Treasury companies are viewed differently from private businesses. They have to duly represent the national interests and demonstrate responsibility, as signature Polish brands. A quote from a dialogue session
PILLAR 1: Product and production
Our ambition: We guarantee efficient, innovative and environmentally friendly production by:
- Ensuring high product quality
- Investing in research and looking for innovative technological solutions, extending the product value chain (chemicals and plastics)
- Enhancing the environmental efficiency and cost efficiency of the processes (reduction of energy consumption, emissions, water consumption)
- Ensuring safety of production, transport and storage
- Ensuring staff safety
- Developing circular economy
PILLAR 2: People and relationships
Our ambition: We enhance our positive impact on the social and economic environment by:
- Supporting the development of sustainable agriculture and precision farming, educating farmers
- Improving customer relations
- Supporting social and economic development of the cities and regions where our main plants are located
- Engaging in sponsorship, community matters and social dialogue
- Developing the intellectual capital of our current and future employees, who represent our immediate social environment in the locations of our main plants
PILLAR 3: Good governance
Our ambition: We strive for operational excellence and manage our risks by:
- Ensuring corporate governance and compliance
- Building a coherent organisational culture based on values and ethics
- Enhancing employee engagement and innovativeness
- Managing supply chain responsibility
- Ensuring cyber-security
- Participating in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria reviews and ESG initiatives
- Monitoring key indicators and integrated reporting in accordance with the globally recognised standards and guidelines
Grupa Azoty Police
Grupa Azoty Police pursues a management policy which guarantees that strategic goals are achieved in reliance on an integrated management system. The system conforms to international standards and is structured around the principles of: giving priority to customers, reducing environmental losses and the risk of hazards, and working on continuous improvement. The Management Policy implemented by Grupa Azoty Police sets out plans and principles for its operations at large, providing a framework for setting and reviewing strategic goals in quality, environmental protection, workplace safety, and food safety. A policy for the management of the sustainable development strategy will also be implemented by other Grupa Azoty Police Group companies.
Grupa Azoty Puławy
Striving to meet the growing requirements and expectations of its customers and other stakeholders, in 2004 Grupa Azoty Puławy put in place and obtained certification for its integrated quality, environment and safety management system. The key document of the system is the ‘Quality, Environmental and Safety Policy’, defining the company’s goals and ways to achieve them. The main goals set forth in the policy for the implementation of the integrated system include addressing customer requirements and expectations as to the adaptation to changing market needs by ensuring compliance with legal provisions governing environmental protection, safety of employees and visitors, and reducing the environmental footprint.
Safety, product liability and environmental impacts are areas of particular focus for Grupa Azoty. The company seeks to minimise its negative impact on the environment and improve its management systems, promotes an open information policy and dialogue with local communities, and cares for the safety of its personnel and immediate surroundings. It has an AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) certificate and participates in the SPOT and REACH systems.
Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn
Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn is committed to addressing the challenges posed by new developments in its environment by improving its operating methods and the integrated management system.
In 1997, the company obtained a certificate of conformity of its quality management system to the PN-EN ISO 9002 standard, and in 2003 it was awarded a similar certificate for its integrated management system in the areas of quality and safety (conforming to PN-EN ISO 9001 and PN-N-18001). In 2005, it had its integrated management system Quality*, Health, Safety* & Environment certified for conformity to PN-EN ISO 9001, PN-N-18001 and PN-EN ISO 14001.
In 2006, the Laboratory Services Unit (currently operating as the Research and Innovation Department) successfully completed an accreditation process and obtained the Test Laboratory Accreditation Certificate of conformity to PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025.
In 2014, Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn was certified for compliance with the requirements of the Product Stewardship standard developed by Fertilizers Europe, and obtained the Product Stewardship Certificate.
Since 2016, the company has had a maintenance process management system in place based on Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Preventive Maintenance (PM) programmes.
An Application and Development Research Laboratory was established at Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn.
In 2018, an Application and Development Research Laboratory was established at Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn. Modern laboratories prepare blends of plastics and plasticizers and make specialist tests of the created samples. Thanks to the Laboratory, it is possible to recreate the manufacturing process on a laboratory scale, create test samples, and perform advanced tests. As a result, customers can be offered tailor-made products meeting all their expectations. The Laboratory is mainly involved in the development of OXO products. The amount spent on the project was close to PLN 13m. Specially furnished rooms, new laboratory equipment and a team ready to embark on ambitious research projects – these are the results of establishing the Application and Development Research Laboratory within Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn’s Research and Innovation Department.
Management systems at the Grupa Azoty Group
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|Quality management system conforming to the ISO 9001 standard|
|Environmental management system conforming to the ISO 14001 standard|
|Occupational health and safety management system conforming to the PN-N-18001 standard|
|Occupational health and safety management system conforming to the BS OHSAS 18001 standard|| || |
|Food safety management system conforming to the ISO 22000 standard|| || |
|PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 management system (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories)|| || |
|Management standard meeting the requirements of the Fertilizers Europe Product Stewardship Standard|| || |
|Enterprise risk management system based on ISO 31000:2012 Risk management and COSO II Risk management standards|| || || |
|Energy management system conforming to the ISO 50001 standard|| || |
|Energy management system|| || || |
|Food safety management system|| || || |
|Responsible Care framework management system|| || || |
|Maintenance process management system based on Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Preventive Maintenance (PM) programmes|| || || |