The 7th edition of the “Sustainable Economy Summit” took place on October 7 at The Westin Warsaw. During four discussion panels and two presentations, invited experts discussed the most important issues for the sustainable and responsible business sector. The culmination of the event was the evening “Sustainable Economy Diamonds” gala for the most outstanding entities in the industries.
After lunch, we met again this time on topics related to sustainable agriculture and food production. The panel was moderated by prof. dr hab. Roman Niżnikowski from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and the speakers were: Grzegorz Brodziak – Managing Director of Goodvalley, Marek Łuczak – President of the Management Board of Syngenta Polska, Tomasz Piszczatowski – Director of the Agriculture Segment at Lafarge Polska, Łukasz Dominiak – Press Officer, Director for Relations public and governmental, Animex Foods. During the conversation, we got to know two opposite points of view on the impact of climate changes on Polish agriculture. According to the research of some of the experts, they bring positive changes in connection with the extension of the growing season, which in the future may result in an increase in agricultural production in our country. Mr. Marek Łuczak from Syngenta Polska drew attention to the unpredictability of the climate, which even this year was strongly felt, which may have catastrophic consequences in the future. He does not see any positives in relation to climate change. Speakers, on the other hand, agreed on the necessity to introduce changes, because even if Poland does not suffer as much as the more southern countries, climate change will wreak enormous destruction on a global scale.
The last point of the substantive part was the panel entitled “Circular economy”. The interview was conducted there by Prof. Ph.D. Bolesław Rok from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at Kozminski University, together with Ms Iwona Jacaszek-Pruś – Director for Corporate Affairs, Piwowarska Campaign, Monika Michalska – Commercial Manager at Geocycle Polska, Robert Daniluk – Director for Sustainable Development, Quality and Security, Lyreco Polska, Władysław Grochowski – President of the Arche Group, Michał Mikołajczyk – Proxy, Sales and Marketing Director, Rekopol Organizacja Odzysku Opakowań SA and with Artur Michalski – Deputy President of the Management Board of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. Each company shared with us the changes that were introduced in the spirit of the circular economy, the goals they pursue, and together tried to get to what still needs to be worked on. Mr. Władysław Grochowski from the Arche Group shared with us an interesting project of housing units made of containers located in depopulating areas, which would involve the local community and, if necessary, would be easy to transport to another place. Ms. Monika Michalska from Geocycle told us more about the production of alternative fuels from waste produced by Lafarge. At the end of the conversation, the experts unanimously stated that we should strive to reduce the waste produced, not use unnecessary raw materials and raise people’s awareness of the changes taking place.
After the conference, the Sustainable Economy Diamonds Gala was held, combined with the 15th anniversary of the Executive Club. Entities implementing the ideas of responsible business and distinguishing themselves with actions in the field of sustainable development were awarded. The winners of the competition include:
1. ECOLOGY LEADER IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY: Enea
2. SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION LEADER: Budimex, Distinction: Lafarge Polska
3. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD PRODUCTION LEADER: Danone Polska
4. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE LEADER: Syngenta Polska, Distinction: Bio-Lider
5. TECHNOLOGY LEADER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CISCO Systems Poland, Distinction: inPost
6. SUSTAINABLE FINANCING LEADER: BNP Paribas Bank Polska
7. CONSULTING LEADER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CSR Consulting
8. ETHICS LEADER IN BUSINESS: ING Bank Śląski
9. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY LEADER: Polpharma, Distinction: Grupa ANG
10. VISIONARY OF RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS: Prof. Bolesław Rok, Department of Entrepreneurship and Ethics in Business, Kozminski University
Organizer: Executive Club
Ministry of Development and Technology, Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw, Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, Polish Industrial Development Agency, Honorary Patronage of the Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics
Alventa, Arche, Blue Timber SA, Bank Ochrony Środowiska SA, Clifford Chance, Edenred, EY Parthenon, Fakro, Huawei, Kajima Poland, Kompania Piwowarska, Lafarge Polska, Michelin Polska, Mindento, Nordkalk, PKP Intercity SA, Polregio, Rekopol, Syngenta
Czepczyński Family Foundation, Fundacja Dziecięca Fantazja, Pracownia Zrównoważonego Rozwoju, Stowarzyszenie Siemacha, Polska Akcja Humanitarna, Rolnictwo zrównoważone, SOS Wioski Dziecięce, UNICEF, Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA
Professional Partner: Cigno Consulting
Technical Partner: ProBrand