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A gala summing up this year’s work on assessing Polish companies in the area of social responsibility and positive change was held at Kozminski University on 30 June. The winners of the Report „Positive Impact Startup. Ecosystem of Change” and the results of the 16th Ranking of Responsible Companies.
The „Positive Impact Startups” project focuses on analysing and popularising the trend of responsible business action among young, smaller companies. Its final result is a report that identifies the most interesting startups of this type in a given year. This time, 24 socially innovative startups working towards the Sustainable Development Goals were selected.
In the „good-for-the-world products/services” category, the honourable mentions were:
Boneless – Vegan Fish, BreadPack, myEgg, Outriders, ReBread, ZNIKA – Organic Packaging.
In the ” positive technologies” category:
Hydrum, Lumelabel, Orbify, Plenti, SafeKiddo, Wektoo.
In the „positive change providers” category:
FibriTech, FoodBugs, Humati.co, Nanoseen, Slow Media Production, Swapp.
In the „socially positive” category:
Calmsie, What about the sex, Her Impact, Legalden, RESQL,SeniorApp.
The selection from a database – which has been compiled over the past few months – of almost 1,000 organisations was made by the Positive Figures Panel consisting of 48 people from the world of startups, institutions, science and business.
The publication contains experts’ statements about the Polish positive impact ecosystem, detailed descriptions of the activities of 24 of this year’s most interesting startups and information on initiatives supporting the movement in Poland.
The Report’s partners are BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Orange Polska, Tar Heel Capital Pathfinder, Samsung and the Żabka Group.
The Ranking of Responsible Companies is a compilation similar to the Positive Impact Startups Report, presenting the corporations and other large companies that best meet the challenges of the future. In the sixteenth edition of this challenge, the first place went to ING Bank Śląski. The second position on the podium was taken by as many as five companies: Orange Polska, Santander Bank Polska, BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Ergo Hestia and DB Schenker. In third place were four companies: L’Oréal Polska, Coca-Cola HBC, Allegro, PZU. Just off the podium was Lidl Polska, while in fifth place were three more companies: Signify, Żywiec Zdrój and Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne.
Professor Boleslaw Rok, the author of the questions included in the survey filled in by the companies in the Ranking, emphasises: „For the 16th time, the largest companies in Poland have made an attempt to collect all the relevant answers in one place, the Responsible Companies Ranking 2022 survey. This year, we have put even more emphasis on assessing the level of implementation of various sustainable management declarations and policies. We have proposed a number of product indicators, because after all, real change is best seen at the level of product innovation.”
As in every edition of the Responsible Companies Ranking, industry leaders were also recognised.
– In the 'banking, financial and insurance sector’, the next positions on the podium were taken by ING Bank Śląski, eq-aequo the second position by Santander Bank Polska, BNP Paribas Bank Polska and ERGO Hestia, and the third position by PZU.
– In the 'consumer goods’ sector, Coca-Cola HBC Polska and L’Oréal Polska topped the podium, followed by Żywiec Zdrój in second place and Kompania Piwowarska and Danone in third.
– In the „pharmaceuticals and medicine” sector, the next two places on the podium were taken by Sanofi and Polpharma.
– In the 'fuels, energy, mining’ sector, the winner was Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne, followed by PKN Orlen in second place and Lotos Group in third.
– In the „industrial and chemical production” sector, the leader was Signify Poland, followed by Schumacher Packaging and Cemex Polska.
– In the „commerce” sector, the next places are occupied by Allegro, Lidl Poland and LPP.
– In the industry „transport, logistics, services”, the first place on the podium was taken by DB Schenker, in second place are Raben Group and PKP Energetyka, and in third place are Kuehne + Nagel.
– Meanwhile, in the 'telecommunications, technology, media and entertainment’ sector, the leaders were Orange Polska, Emitel and Wallstead.
The partner of ROF 2022 is the Responsible Business Forum. The content partner responsible for reviewing the responses is Deloitte, and the media partner is Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. The compilation was authored by Professor Boleslaw Rok of the Centre for Positive Impact Entrepreneurship Research at Kozminski University and Jarosław Horodecki, analyst.
This year’s culmination of work on analysing the ecosystem of change brought together many participants. Those taking part appreciated that it was possible to meet in this way and have casual conversations – unlike during a pandemic. They were also keen to hear presentations from startup representatives, whose mission-driven approach to business certainly inspires. No less attention was paid to other speakers – representatives of large companies and organisers.
This year’s work on the ecosystem of change can be summarised with one conclusion. The project makes it possible to compare performance in individual CSR areas between companies and is a valuable instrument to facilitate the structuring and development of corporate responsibility strategies.
The organisers of the project are delighted with its popularisation and hope that, through it, smaller and larger companies will decide to embark on the path of positive change.
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