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Kostrzewa as a part of UN initiative

A new chapter has begun in the history of Kostrzewa, a company originating from the town of Giżycko. This manufacturer of biomass heating systems has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) - the largest global initiative for businesses acting for sustainable development.

After years of work aimed at improving the quality of air in Poland, the company has joined forces with more than 13,500 entities from 170 countries. This valuable initiative was launched by the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2000.


What is the Global Compact initiative? Its participants aspire to make the world a better place, starting with their own homes. Their business structures are implemented with a principle-based approach to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption - the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. They prepare annual detailed reports on the implementation of the appointed targets. Activities of members and signatories under jointly designated tasks include external activities, too.


Poland's participation in this initiative is gradually increasing.  This July, Polish government joined the UNGC Government Group, which brings together key government representatives to provide political, financial and programme-related support. In this multicultural association under the protectorate of the UN, Poland is represented by the Minister of Investment and Development, Mr. Jerzy Kwieciński. Currently, the UNGC Government Group includes the following countries: China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and now also Poland. It is the first country in the UNGC Government Group to represent Central and Eastern Europe.


Its accession is a chance to increase the participation of Polish companies in UN tenders.


More than 30 agencies participate in the United Nations' public procurement system. The value of this market exceeds 18 billion dollars a year and is continuously growing. So far, the share of Polish enterprises has been minimal. Poland's participation in the works of the UN Global Compact Government Group may bring about a significant improvement of the situation... - reads the Polish UNGC news portal. 


"It is an honour for the Kostrzewa family company to be part of the Global Compact," says Paweł Kostrzewa. "This is the right time to face such challenges and introduce changes to the way our company is managed, since the enterprise is undergoing a transformation. It is also worth looking at business from a broader perspective, created by experienced corporate organizations from around the world, where the horizon of activities is determined by jointly designated goals. One of such goals, so important for Kostrzewa, is securing clean air and stopping the climate crisis."