Implementing suitable procedures and governance systems allows the PZU Group to meet all the ecological legal and formal requirements. The Group does not confine itself to performing mandatory activities, but extends the extent of its initiatives in this area. The specially appointed Management Board Environmental Protection Plenipotentiary looks after consistency in environmental protection management in the PZU Group.
The PZU Group’s standard “Green PZU” was enacted in November 2018 as a follow-up to the Group’s strategic decisions, which was rolled out to ensure more efficient and improved efforts aimed at reducing the Group’s adverse environmental impact.
The PZU Group’s environmental standard defines the key assumptions pertaining to its governance approach to environmental issues.
They are embodied by these principles:
- sustainable development;
- high level of environmental protection;
- prudence and prediction of negative impact of our actions, if any;
- prevention of pollution and its elimination at source;
- inclusion of environmental protection elements into the business policy and strategy;
- partnership – the requirement for all PZU Group entities to take joint environmental protection actions.
Moreover, the Group has policies and documents in place that emphasize the significance of environmental protection efforts in day-to-day business practice.
The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System has been implemented and certified In the units of the subsidiary of PZU Zdrowie (POLMEDIC Radom). Companies operating in the health area have implemented in their selected medical centers and been certified under the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system. They also have in place a waste management procedure which defines, in particular, the rules for dealing with medical waste.
The environmental policy of Latvian-based AAS BALTA defines the company’s duties in the environmental protection domain. It also describes the environmental protection principles and defines the framework within which the company is required to adhere to these principles and thus achieve its objectives.
In Lithuania, Lietuvos Draudimas has in place a formalized environmental policy. Information on environmental protection matters is published in its annual reports and CSR reports.
The Pekao Group has in place the “Policy on optimization of energy consumption at Bank Polska Kasa Opieki Spółka Akcyjna”. The policy defines the standards and guidelines for the optimization of energy consumption at the Bank in line with environmental protection considerations. It is rooted in a commitment to proper monitoring and, to the extent possible, preventing any harmful environmental impact of the Group’s business. The duty of care for natural resources rests on the shoulders of all Bank employees, regardless of their position, seniority, place or extent of working time. For this reason, the pertinent provisions dealing with the protection of natural environment have been defined in the “Code of Conduct in the Pekao Group”.
Armatura Kraków has adopted a comprehensive “Quality Policy” which covers, among other issues, the principles for reducing the company’s adverse environmental impact.