Responsibility - “we attempt to curtail the adverse ecological repercussions of our business by implementing “green” initiatives, engaging employees in activities to protect the environment and utilizing IT tools to optimize the consumption of materials.”
“What are the key factors of success to curtail the adverse impact on the natural environment in the PZU Group? ”
“The direct environmental impact of the PZU Group is driven mainly by the use of properties by the Group, including, among others, maintenance of more than 600 outlets, use of nearly 340 thousand square meters of space in buildings and consumption of resources in offices by more than 12.5 thousand employees in PZU SA and PZU Życie alone. At present, the PZU Group is implementing its own environmental standard defining the key assumptions pertaining to its governance approach to environmental issues. Subsequently, we aim to finetune our strategic approach to indirect environmental impact and improve the system for monitoring our consumption of utilities.”
Our direct environmental footprint:
|Country||Company||Objectives to reduce the consumption of toners and paper by 2020|
|Poland||PZU and PZU Życie||50.0%1|
|Lithuania||AB "LIETUVOS DRAUDIMAS”||10%|
|Lithuania||UAB “PZU LIETUVA GYVYBES DRAUDIMAS”||7%|
|Estonia||AB "LIETUVOS DRAUDIMAS" EESTI FILIAAL||3%|
|Ukraine||PrAT SK PZU UKRAINE/PrAT SK PZU UKRAINE LIFE||57%|
1 This objective pertains to sales, service and archiving processes. The goal is 4% for the natural environment. for all the processes.
The plan is to reduce the consumption of heat in PZU and PZU Życie by 2% by 2020.
The PZU Group’s responsible approach to business means translating it into a more ecological approach, i.e. one that reduces the adverse impact on nature to the maximum degree. Environmental protection has been elevated to a strategic ranking. The pertinent clauses have been inserted into the PZU Group’s corporate social responsibility strategy for 2018-2020 and the updated PZU Group’s strategy for 2017-2020 entitled “The New PZU – More Than Insurance”.
Implementing suitable procedures and governance systems will allow the PZU Group to meet all the ecological legal and formal requirements. In its activities, however, the company goes beyond the mandatory regulations. The specially appointed Management Board Environmental Protection Plenipotentiary looks after consistency in environmental protection management in the PZU Group.
“Ecology in the PZU Group is not an ephemeral caprice, or a matter of submitting to a fad. It is our duty to take advantage of the natural environment with a sense of awareness. Caring for nature has been recorded once and for all as a civilization value that must go hand in hand with the overall Group’s day-to-day work. We treat the natural environment as one of our stakeholders and we will adere to our duties toward it with full accountability. So, may this ‘fad’ proliferate to a broad extent and become a part of every citizen of the earth in reference to his or her planet.”
The “PZU Group Standard - Green PZU” was enacted in November 2018 as a followup to the Group’s strategic decisions. Even though there were no formal environmental protection policies in place in the other Group companies at the end of 2018, they did in the course of their activities pay attention to minimizing their adverse impact on nature.
Nearly all of the companies in the health area (except for REVIMED and PROELMED) have implemented and been certified under the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. In addition, Polmedic and Artimed have implemented and been certified under the ISO Management System: PN-ISO/IEC 27001: 2014; and Polmedic has ISO Management System 14001: 2015 and OSH Management System OHSAS 18001:2007. PZU and PZU Życie introduced internal regulations related to real estate management.
PZU and PZU Życie were fully compliant in 2018 with the prevailing environmental protection regulations. The same is true in the health area (especially when it comes to managing hazardous medical waste) as in the Pekao Group, Alior Bank Group, international companies and most of the Polish companies.
Minimizing the adverse environmental impact is one of the areas of the Pekao Group’s binding code of conduct and Alior Bank’s code of ethics. In these documents the entities declare they will protect natural resources and prevent pollution. Employees will find information in these documents to encourage them to care for the natural environment.