The notion of “economic patriotism”, barely talked about just two-three years ago, has recently started to make increasingly prominent appearances in the public debate. This is a good development, as it shows the path that Polish companies and consumers should take – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
He emphasizes that now that the 90’s are gone, we know that free market will not fix everything. – Polish entrepreneurs need the state to support them, if they ae to successfully compete on the global market – that is how it is done in the biggest economies in the world. The point is not to subsidize and grant financial support, but to make the legal environment more stable and simplify regulations. The state has to monitor the market and prioritize effective branches as well as help the most promising ones grow, by showing them good practices that will help them develop – he writes.
One of the aforementioned good practices is corporate social responsibility – a concept consisting in building corporate social responsibility on ethical and quality principles, taking the social environment of business into consideration – which is naturally linked to economic patriotism. The President of Employers Poland stresses that one of the components of economic patriotism is a.o. using Polish suppliers, whose products are on par with those made abroad quality-wise and in many cases are actually better. Domestic suppliers pay their taxes in Poland, create jobs and stimulate growth, therefore complementing the principles of CSR.
– Education is also important, starting from a very early age. Polish companies are already working on it. PZU is a partner of the National Children’s Fund – an association offering expert support and stipends to exceptionally gifted children. Green Factory Holding (fresh vegetable producer) is the co-initiator of the “Green country” project, aimed at shaping healthy eating habits among kids and youth. Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego helps young people acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to start and manage a company. All these efforts are undertaken within the framework of CSR, but fit the principles of economic patriotism too – he reminds.
– Polish society needs the fruits of the growing and increasingly modern economy – this is the core of sustainable growth mentioned a.o. in Minister Morawiecki’s plan. Sustainable growth is simply the best possible solution dictated by common sense – summarizes Malinowski.