The rules governing cooperation with business partners are defined first of all in the PGE Group Code of Ethics, which is a set of values and principles in force in the entire PGE Group. Among other things, it defines PGE Group’s approach to building business partnerships. The PGE Group Code of Ethics is supplemented by the following practical guidelines:
- Good Procurement Practice
- Code of Conduct for Business Partners of PGE Group Companies
Good procurement practices are a set of recommended attitudes and principles that should be followed by employees and potential business partners during tender procedures. The principles are based on four aspects of cooperation: partnership, transparency, fair competition and information security. The good procurement practices also include the “no gifts” rule, which is binding for employees initiating a procurement process (submitting a purchase application), members of committees and all persons participating in the process and persons performing contracts concluded as a result of the procurement process.
PGE Group’s expectations towards its business partners are set out in the Code of Conduct for Business Partners of PGE Group Companies. The content of this document is available on the companies’ websites (most often in the section dedicated to procurement procedures). Additionally, the obligation to comply with laws and ethical standards, with direct reference to the provisions of the Code of Conduct for Business Partners of PGE Group Companies, is applied as a standard element of contracts.
In order to mitigate the risk of incurring financial or reputational losses resulting from establishing or maintaining a business relationship with a partner who does not comply with the law and ethical principles, PGE Group companies examine available information on their business partners in accordance with internal regulations, in particular in the areas of procurement raw materials for production and trade.PGE Group uses conditions of participation and criteria that appreciate decent remuneration of employees hired by the contractor. Employment based on full time work contracts is promoted, in particular in the following areas: the call centre, IT support, security services, cleaning services, as well as repair and construction services. The following aspects are subject to inspection: the contractor is not in arrears with statutory payments (social insurance, taxes), the contractor has appropriate insurance, permits and certificates, and ensures a high level of occupational health and safety. Every contract with suppliers, subcontractors and business partners contains clauses that address labour issues, fire safety requirements, waste management, property protection and environmental protection.
The clauses contained in every contract between PGE companies and their suppliers, subcontractors or business partners: