Managing Director at Democo Poland
Currently people that manage companies, more frequently turn their focus on their organization having a broader social context and undertaking initiatives relating to social responsibility of their business. What actions in this respect is your company taking, how are they realized and what does responsible leadership mean to you?
The issue you are evoking is really a method for managing a business, it’s integral part. It is based on continuous, natural effort in building relations, both in a company’s external relations with business partners – the clients, suppliers, just like in aspects relating to internal dealings – relations with employees. We are further evolving this in respect to actions relating to operations. In the case of external entities it is a broadly understood marketing scheme, mutual initiatives, including ones outside of business, like a partnership approach to formality issues, such as deal making. In internal relations the priority is partnership, the basis for which constitutes a task-oriented approach to settling for completed tasks. In order for this to function both ways in supervisor-employee relations, you have to adhere to labor rights, ensure an appropriate level of comfort at work in the physical and psychological realm, and most important to clearly explain to everyone what the goals are for which we are striving.
More and more investors, financial institutions choose organizations that function with ESG protocols as their business partners. Do you think this is right? In what manner does the company you manage go outside of the business as usual model? What does it do for the climate, local communities, diversity and what would you like to implement in the near future?
Today it is impossible to manage a business without focusing on ESG guidelines. They determine not only internal convictions of employers, but also regulations, whether the labor market is in cohesion with hired person’s expectations. Regarding the validity of ESG – it is simply a result of the natural evolution of economy and necessity for all of us to adapt to the current socio-economic conditions, it is generally heading in the right direction. As a company operating in the construction sector with demands for protecting the environment we come in contact with on a daily basis due to the company we are operating, we must respect them and at the same time continue to ensure our growth in this matter that brings results not only on the global scale, but beneficial at the local level as well.
Each company creates their own corporate policy, which contains values seen by clients from the outside. Are clients more willing to select a specific company, since it does something good, something which the client identifies with, or does the decision depend mainly on the price? What is your opinion, what trends have you noticed, are you changing anything in that respect?
From my observations, the economic aspect is still dominant. Of course, a business partner’s approach to the social, economic and environmental factors is still a good yardstick of their credibility, which in a long term perspective of cooperation can translate into the economical aspect, however in the current situation, the price or service of the product remains the deciding factor.
Growth of values and ethical codes in many organizations may be an attest to a rising awareness in this respect. Many managers declare that it focuses on ethics as the central point of its operations. Is complying with rules of fair play in managing a guarantee of stable growth in a company?
Decidedly yes – however it does concern all parties taking part in the process under the moniker “work in a company” – this concerns both managers and employees. Then we have a guarantee of stable growth, if everyone understands the meaning of respecting the rule of fair play – according to the principle “demand from others, demand from yourself”.
The world needs smart and quality leaders that want to positively affect their environment. Was there ever a time where you started looking for a deeper sense of your work, ability to do something good for your community or country? What were you able to realize?
We are a company based in Greater Poland, the principle of organic work is my priority – “step by step”. What I have in mind is first of all do something positive locally, for a small community – for employees, their families, friends, residents of the town. If we do something positive at this level, we will achieve global success as well.
I also think that generating profits, paying taxes and maintaining work positions in the difficult economic conditions, while maintaining a continuous growth of our businesses, as business managers we successfully realize our goals.
Artur Pluta – Managing Director at Democo Poland
Has been working in the construction industry for over 25 years. He has gained his experience by advancing up the career ladder, beginning as a construction engineer, thanks to which he fully understands the whole construction process. For nearly 10 years he has held the managing position at Democo Poland, at his position he is guided by the conviction that the potential of a construction company is stable, and an experienced staff and ability to adapt to the current market situation.
Last Updated on January 10, 2023 by Valeriia Honcharuk