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Sustainable Development Is Profitable: SPCC Conference
December 21, 2012   
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It pays off to be responsible—this is shown by the examples of Nordic companies operating in Poland. Introducing CSR practices into a company’s supply chain may be one way to promote sustainable development and strengthen the company’s market position.

On Nov. 28 the Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce (SPCC) organized a conference dedicated to sustainable development and CSR in the supply chain. Invited panelists and guests argued that the inclusion of CSR in corporate strategy influences not only the company image, but also its profits. In today’s world, supply chain management is becoming increasingly important. Responsible companies want to make sure their suppliers comply with the required standards.

“Fortum is one of the companies that constantly improve their way of working in order to ensure that the supply chain is optimal—in terms of both sustainable development and working conditions”, says Marika Korpilaakso, Sustainability Manager at Fortum.

To achieve this, companies use a variety of tools, one of them being the ISO 26000 certificate, which expresses global consensus regarding social responsibility in organizations today. It consists of principles of responsible organizations, fundamental practices and seven core responsibility areas.

Suppliers and business partners often share the social, environmental and economic challenges and together form the image of an industry. That’s why more and more companies lead joint projects that go beyond signed agreements.

Adam Cich, CEO of Electrolux CEE, said, “Including business partners in our initiatives has strengthened not only our relationships but also the image of a company that actively works to solve current problems and thinks about solutions for the future, both by offering solutions in and through their products, as well as engaging in valuable social initiatives.”

During the conference the publication CSR in the Supply Chain and in Business Partnerships – Nordic Companies’ Perspective was presented. The publication showcases CSR practices in the supply chain of 15 Nordic companies active on the Polish market, among them some internationally known brands.

Nordic companies have developed a number of innovative solutions in this area. “We hope that their examples will serve as a source of inspiration for Polish companies, who want to develop their competences in the area but also forge solid relationships with Nordic companies,” adds Agnieszka Kowalcze, Director of the Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce.

The SPCC is an association established by and for businesspeople with links to Scandinavia. It has more than 350 members and is one of the largest bilateral chambers of commerce in Poland.
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