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“Rzeczpospolita”: Economy has to serve the people


The idea of CSR is to manage the company in a relation of partnership with the employees, while respecting the demands of the local community and the environment – said Vicepresident of Employers of Poland Janusz Pietkiewicz in an interview with “Rzeczpospolita”.


A modern economist has to acknowledge three areas of economic activity. He has to consider its impact on the environment we will leave for the next generations to inhabit. He cannot restrict himself solely to generating profit, but rather consider the people he works with. Lastly, he has to respect social space and macro-scale management. Professor Grzegorz Kołodko says that if an economist does not consider all these factors, he is blind and deaf – he assesses.


– The European Economic and Social Committee, the Regions Committee, the European Parliament and Commission have discussed social economy for years: solidarity economy, cooperative economy, circular economy, sharing economy, function–oriented, resource–based economy etc. “Inclusiveness”, meaning social inclusion, is an often-used keyword> After the 2013 tragedy in Bangladesh, where over 1100 sewers working for global brands died, the topic of the supply chain attracted attention. People started seriously wondering where goods come form, as well as how and where they are produced. What difference does it make if a big country boasts that it does not pollute the environment with, say, concrete factories, if it uses them anyway, but outsources production abroad? All this shows the melting pot of concepts and economic issues stemming from the global scale of economic management – emphasizes Pietkiewicz.


The Vicepresident of Employers of Poland also reminded that together with the President of the Organization Andrzej Malinowski, he participate in the works of the B20 advisory group which prepares recommendations for the government of G20 countries, working in the International Organization of Employers – an association of employers’ organizations from 144 countries.


Addressing the question of the future of CSR in Poland, Pietkiewicz stresses that many European CSR recommendations have become obligatory. – Starting in 2017, reporting non-financial activities will be compulsory. A great example of promoting CSR is the award presented by the Institute of Labour and Social Studies for managing human resources in companies. There is a lot to be done, but one can see that a lot is happening, so there is a chance that CSR will be as important in Poland as it is in the rest of the world – he prognoses.