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Azoty Group Joins Chatham House
Poland’s largest chemical corporation, Azoty, is the first Central and Eastern European company to become a member of the London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, which is one of the world’s leading think tanks.

“The participation of Polish companies in debates on the most pressing issues is crucial for building a strong position for Poland in the world,” said Paweł Jarczewski, CEO of the Azoty group, the second-largest fertilizer producer in the European Union. “This is why the Azoty group is constantly expanding its international activities, joining major global organizations. Only in this way will we get to have a real impact on the development of the global market. Poland as well as the Azoty group itself are an integral part of this market.”

According to Jarczewski, being part of elite organizations such as Chatham House will enable the Azoty group to help shape global policies in areas such as food and energy security. This is especially important with climate negotiations being finalized ahead of December’s COP21 climate summit in Paris, and talks coming to an end on a free trade agreement (TTIP) between Europe and the United States, Jarczewski said. The results of these negotiations will be reflected in the prices of natural gas as well as in emission standards, production costs and models of cooperation on international markets. “These factors are critical to our business and development strategy,” Jarczewski added. “To make our voice heard, we must take an active part in these processes through organizations such as Chatham House.”

Chatham House is an independent policy institute that brings together more than 300 companies representing sectors such as finance, industry, health, energy and telecommunications, in addition to embassies, intergovernmental organizations and universities. Meetings for Chatham House members have in recent years been attended by guests including Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, former American president Jimmy Carter, Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.