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"Responsible every day – for the sake of society and the environment" – this is the motto of the report describing the key CSR activities that Agora Group and Agora S.A. undertook in 2020. The publication presents, among others how Agora's team counteracted the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and fought for freedom of speech and gender equality. The publication also includes strategic goals in the area of corporate social responsibility, the implementation of which the company decided to undertake in 2021. The report is now available in an interactive form at www.raportcsr-2020.agora.pl – in Polish and English language versions.
– The turbulent year 2020 has focused our attention on ensuring the safety of our employees and supporting our media users, customers and business partners. In addition to the struggle related to the economic and social consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, last year was filled with activities aimed to prevent progressing climate change, protect human rights and freedom of speech, which we have been consistently implementing in numerous projects and partnerships for over 30 years. – emphasizes Bartosz Hojka, President of the Management Board of Agora, in the letter opening the report. – Today, we all hope that we are slowly entering the “new normality”. There are still many unknowns ahead of us, but also clear signposts for Agora. Those include the European Green Deal, the Paris Agreement on environmental protection, and especially the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the field of gender equality and respect for human rights.Therefore, in 2021, as in 2020, we want to act in accordance with the principle “Responsible every day – for the sake of society and the environment”.
"Responsibility Report 2020 of the Agora Group and Agora S.A." is a publication presenting the implementation of Agora's CSR strategy in 2020. This strategy has been consistently developed for years under the slogan "Everyday responsible", in which "responsibility" is defined as sustainable development, impact on the environment and creating value for society. The report focuses on areas resulting directly from ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) factors, i.e. related to environmental activities, social impact and protection of human rights, as well as responsible management and business ethics based on the assumptions of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
The activities carried out in each of these areas and the goals set for implementation are described in 5 thematic parts constituting the Report.
The first one presents the business activities of the Agora Group in 2020, as well as the values and principles prevailing in the organization, including compliance with corporate governance and non-financial risk management.
The second part – "Responsibility" – presents Agora's approach to sustainable development and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals so far. Currently, the priority is initiatives under the Goals related to actions for:
The Report also presents the Agora Group's CSR strategy for the years 2021-2022, in which the leading issue is care for society, the environment and business ethics, with a greater focus on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals concerning, above all, employee health and development, gender equality and social inequalities; and measures for climate neutrality. Additionally, in the area of "Responsibility", Agora's standards in relations with the environment were presented, in particular with customers, suppliers of goods and services, business partners, shareholders and capital market participants.
An important area of the report is "Workplace and Human Rights", where you can find, among others, information on the employment structure, professional development and training for employees, as well as work-life balance measures. The chapter also presents Agora's actions taken in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the safety and health of employees, and practices for creating a diverse workplace that protects human rights, in which the highest ethical standards apply. This includes information on Agora's Code of Ethics, Diversity Policy and the whistleblowing system.
One of the important elements contributing to Agora's development are the social activities outlined in the "Social involvement" section. In 2020, as part of good practices in this area, Agora Group companies, brands and media primarily took initiatives to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Poland – examples of these projects were presented in a special section of the report "Our responsibility in the COVID-19 pandemic ". At the same time, the Agora Group team initiated, continued and supported social, cultural and educational campaigns. Agora was also involved in charity work – you can read about these activities in the section "Our responsibility towards the society".
In the Agora Group – in accordance with the idea of sustainable development and strategic lines of responsibility adopted for many years – also activities for environmental protection are developed. They are described in the chapter "Concern for the environment". In this section, you can learn about the environmental impact of the various areas of the Agora Group's operations and the numerous pro-environmental projects undertaken by Agora's media and brands last year. In addition, the chapter defines the basic areas of Agora's direct impact on the climate, as well as the current and planned activities of the organization to strive for climate neutrality.
"Responsibility Report 2020 of the Agora Group and Agora S.A." is available as an interactive website – www.raportcsr-2020.agora.pl – in Polish and English language versions. The website also includes a form in which all readers of the publication can express their opinion on it, as well as expectations regarding the publication for 2021.
The report includes information and consolidated non-financial data of the Agora capital group and its parent company, Agora S.A. for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2020. Unlike in the previous years, no separate non-financial statements have been prepared for Agora S.A. The publication is the fifth report of this type, which was prepared by the corporate communication team of Agora S.A., based on the international non-financial reporting standards GRI Standards at the basic level (CORE), without external verification.
Agora S.A. established in 1989; since 1999, it has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Its activities include such areas as the printed press and multimedia digital editions, Internet portals and projects, radio, cinema, outdoor advertising, as well as book publishing, and film production and distribution. From the very beginning, Agora and its companies from the capital group have been implementing activities in the field of corporate social responsibility, initiating and engaging in a number of projects supporting the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The approach to this issue is based on such pillars as: transparency, building relationships with partners and the company's environment, diversity among employees and high quality of products and services. The Agora Group informs about its activities in the area of corporate social responsibility on an ongoing basis on the website: www.agora.pl/en/responsible-business.