Information on business of charity and sponsorship
Parent Zone in SzczecinThe activities of the Company in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility are defined by Budimex CSR Strategy for 2016–2020 that was adopted by the CSR Committee at the beginning of 2016. It indicates the directions of the Company’s activities that serve the interests of stakeholders, the environment and the company itself.
Development of this area of activity brought about a change of Budimex’s organisational culture. Employees are increasingly often involved in CSR-related initiatives. One of good examples includes the CSR programme called “Grants for Volunteer Projects” implemented in 2015 whereby employees propose their ideas for volunteer work, and the CSR Committee awards financial grants to implement selected projects.
Budimex is a leader in corporate responsibility reporting in the construction industry in Poland. The company has published social reports since 2009. In 2011–2012, these reports were prepared at B+ level, which means that a broad range of GRI indicators described was additionally verified by an independent auditor. Since 2013, the responsible business report has been prepared in line with the most recent GRI G4 (core) guidelines and has also been verified by an independent auditor.
ICE Intercom in JarocinThe surveys of job preferences of Polish students indicate that Budimex is perceived as an exceptional employer. The company’s commitment to conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner, with a strong focus on employees’ satisfaction with their work, influences its perception as a company that offers stable employment and professional development opportunities, which is most appreciated by university students seeking jobs. Budimex ranked second among companies preferred by future employees under the “Engineering” category in the Most Attractive Employers 2015 Ranking.
For seven years, Budimex has been an active participant in the “UN Global Compact” – an initiative of the Secretary General of the UN which aims to promote corporate responsibility towards society. The participation of Budimex in the UN GC means that the company complies with 10 fundamental principles of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption, and is committed to carrying out initiatives that will be the implementation of these principles.
The RESPECT Index is the first index of socially responsible companies, listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, in Central and Eastern Europe. As a result of an annual three-stage evaluation followed by an audit, companies managed in a responsible and sustainable manner are identified. Since 2011, Budimex has continuously remained a part of the Index, which confirms that the company meets the highest standards of corporate governance and CSR.
Budimex meets international management standards for quality, environment, and occupational safety and health, which is confirmed by relevant certificates: Quality system certificate as per AQAP 2110, Environmental Management System as per ISO 14001, Occupational Health and Safety Management System as per OHSAS/PN-N 18001, and Quality Management System as per ISO 9001. Budimex is also one of the 10 signatories of the Safety in Construction Agreement, an informal association of the leading companies operating in the Polish market of general contractors, established in 2010, whose goal is to increase the level of work safety and eliminate fatal accidents in this industry. It assumes execution of a number of projects which implement OHS system solutions, e.g.: common document specimens, a model of confirming professional qualifications of construction workers, and periodic training courses. 2015 was the second year in a row that Budimex was presiding the Agreement.
Budimex carries out two own social programmes. The first one is “Domofon ICE”, a programme launched in 2010. It involves providing grade 0–3 schoolchildren with plastic cards with contact details of their next of kin to be contacted in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the campaign has a broader educational dimension as it promotes the principles of road safety and first aid among young people. All children participating in the programme receive mobile phone-shaped cards together with a fluorescent holder that can easily be fixed to a backpack. Thus far, the programme has included over 20 thousand children from 230 schools nationwide. In 2015 alone, 4,500 children from 22 schools joined the programme.
Agnieszka Grochowska, ambassador program Parent Zone.
Budimex for ChildrenAnother social programme is the “Strefa Rodzica” [Parent’s Zone]. Its aim is to provide children’s departments at hospitals with isolated zones, where parents can spend time with their sick children in decent conditions. Depending on the needs and conditions in individual hospitals, this can involve refurbishing an unused space or part of a corridor, equipping the hospital with an appropriate number of folding beds or sanitary devices, and organising a place to rest and play with the children. “Parent Zone” also involves the personal engagement of Budimex SA’s employees, who volunteer to outfit renovated spaces, help in the assembly and placing of furniture, and do small finishing works. In 2015, Budimex launched four Parent Zones in children’s hospitals in Sanok, Wrocław, Olsztyn and Bydgoszcz. The total number of Parent Zones all over Poland is 12, and they can be used annually by more than 25 thousand children and their guardians.
Effective activities in the area of responsible business have been recognised by the company’s environment. At the “Polish Infrastructure” conference organised by the Executive Club, Budimex was awarded “2015 Polish Infrastructure Diamonds” in the category of Social Responsibility Leader of the Year as an entity guided by responsibility and care for the social interests and environmental protection.
The INN Poland portal, which deals with Polish innovations and integrates the business community with scientists, has developed its first ranking presenting companies which develop their business activities with regard to principles of social responsibility. Budimex is among the Golden Six of INN: CSR. The Golden Six was selected on the basis of a survey on involvement in CSR activities conducted at fifty companies in Poland. The expert panel scrutinised the process of building positive relationships with the stakeholders, initiatives in favour of local communities, long- and short-term objectives and achieved results. They also assessed the degree to which conducted CSR activities contributed to improving the company’s innovativeness.
Budimex’s social commitment also demonstrates itself by working together with selected foundations. In 2015, the company donated money to the “Na Ratunek Dzieciom z Chorobą Nowotworową” [Helping Children with Cancer] Foundation for the treatment of children and to the construction of “Przylądek Nadziei” [Cape of Hope] – Clinic of Bone Marrow Transplantation, Oncology and Children’s Haematology of the Wrocław Medical University. The “Wróć” [Come Back] Foundation for Children Injured in Transportation Accidents received funds from Budimex for the purchase of minibuses which will transport children to rehabilitation facilities.
In response to social demand, the company became – for the third time – a partner of the “Budimex Półmaraton Augustowski” [Augustów Half Marathon], organised to promote healthy lifestyle. It is the largest running event in the region which attracts an increasing number of participants year by year.
As in previous years, the company remains involved in the organisation of the Polish Sailing Championship for the Disabled. Year 2015 witnessed the 21st edition of this event.
Budimex has been a long-time supporter of the J. Waldorff Social Committee for the Stare Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw which was supported in 2015 with funds to save historic chapels and tombstones.
Apart from community, charity and sponsoring initiatives, the company also carried out educational activities, supporting the organisation of professional and industry conferences, congresses and seminars. In many cases, Budimex representatives participated as experts.
In 2015, the Budimex Group donated in total almost PLN 600 thousand to various causes.