In this year’s edition of the GRESB benchmark, Emitel scored 80 points, compared to an average score of 58 points for comparable companies. The company ended up on the second place among its counterparts and was on the top of the list of 393 participants from around the world.

The GRESB survey, which has been conducted for a decade now, analyses infrastructure enterprises in terms of their environment, social responsibility and corporate governance activities. The survey is considered a key benchmark for funds that invest in infrastructure companies worldwide. GRESB BV – the company conducting the survey – is a subsidiary of Green Business Certification Inc., a non-profit organisation registered in the United States.

Emitel has been participating in the survey since 2016. This year, despite the ever-increasing requirements, the company managed to maintain its result from the previous edition and scored 80 points, which gave it the second place among infrastructural companies in Europe, 14th place among 236 European participants of the survey and 24th place among 393 participating companies from around the world.

Emitel’s high-rise facilities are spread all over the country, which is why the company pays particular attention to the care for the people and the natural environment in the immediate vicinity of broadcasting stations. Emitel implements environmentally-friendly waste management by using solutions enabling waste recycling, as well as a waste neutralisation process for waste that could not be prevented and for which recycling was not possible, implemented in line with the principles of environmental protection.

“Our high score proves that Emitel is constantly striving to improve its standards regarding social responsibility and sustainable development. We are carrying out numerous projects in the field of environmental protection, and we uphold all the standards while preparing our investments,” said Aleksander Skołożyński, Member of the Management Board of Emitel S.A. for Finance.

Emitel is one of the leading Polish companies implementing the principles of corporate social responsibility, as evidenced by numerous CSR awards and distinctions received by the company in 2018, including, among others, distinction in the “Healthy Employee, Healthy Company” competition organised by the Employers of Poland organisation, the title of the Trustworthy Employer awarded by the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the “Poland: Now” Polish Promotional Programme Foundation, the Investor in Human Capital emblem awarded by the Digital Knowledge Observatory Foundation (formerly the Management Observatory Foundation) and the “Employee-Friendly Employer” emblem and statuette awarded by NSZZ “Solidarność” under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland.

The GRESB survey is an independent study of social responsibility and sustainable development of companies, serving as a benchmark for American investment funds. ESG is one of the most important indicators in the United States, taken into account in the case of retirement funds investments around the world.

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Emitel has selected an institution to be entrusted with managing the Employee Capital Plan (PPK) funds. As a result of the conducted proceedings, the Company decided to choose PKO Towarzystwo Funduszy Inwestycyjnych. The selected partner will be responsible for maintaining PPK accounts for employees who decide to save additional pension funds.

Employee capital plans are designed to support working individuals in long-term accumulation and multiplication of retirement savings. The aim of the programme is to increase the financial security of Poles. When choosing a partner to manage the PPK funds, Emitel was guided primarily by the long-term interest of the employees. Part of the PKI BP group, PKO Towarzystwo Funduszy Inwestycyjnych S.A. is one of the largest investment fund companies in Poland. PKO TFI is a modern organisation focused on customer needs, constantly expanding its investment product portfolio adjusted to the expectations of investors and market trends. The company has over 20 years of experience in the investment fund market and many years of experience in managing pension programmes operating on a similar basis to PPK.

“When choosing a partner, we paid particular attention to the effectiveness of the investments, experience in the investment fund market and comprehensive care for PPK participants. We believe that an Employee Capital Plan run by a trustworthy partner such as PKO TFI will be of great interest to Emitel employees as another benefit in the wide range of additional benefits offered”, said Andrzej Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel.

The criteria used by Emitel in selecting an institution to manage the PPK included: experience of the investment team, investment results to date, support for the employer and employees, channels through which employees will be able to receive information or submit instructions.

Emitel S.A., a subsidiary of Alinda Capital Partners, is the largest operator of terrestrial radio and television infrastructure in Poland. For more than 50 years, Emitel has made sure that television and radio broadcasts can be received in all Polish homes. Apart from services for television and radio broadcasters, Emitel offers at-height infrastructure for mobile operators, designs and installs modern wireless communication systems, participates in the development of smart cities and gets involved in the preparation for the construction of 5G network in Poland.

Due to the ongoing periodic maintenance and overhaul of the antenna system at RTCN Lublin/Piaski, some viewers in Chełm and its surrounding area are experiencing problems with terrestrial TV signal reception. In order to ensure continuity of service and the best possible quality of digital terrestrial TV signal for viewers, after obtaining the necessary administrative permits, Emitel will launch additional emissions to boost MUX-1, MUX-2 and MUX-3 multiplex signals.

The ongoing works are technically complex and require a great deal of effort on the part of Emitel’s experts, including temporarily switching the emissions to a backup antenna system, leading to a reduction of the broadcasting power of three digital terrestrial television multiplexes – MUX-1, MUX-2 and MUX-3 – in some areas of the Lublin voivodeship. These issues concern, among others, the city of Chełm, due to the landscape, in particular the hills that block signals broadcast by the Piaski station.
Due to concerns raised by viewers and given that the works will be ongoing until the 27th of September, Emitel has made a decision to launch additional emissions in order to provide Chełm with boosted signals from all three multiplexes.

The emissions will begin from the 90-metre-tall SLR Kumowa Dolina tower immediately after obtaining the needed permits from the Office of Electronic Communications. In the case of the residents of Chełm, the new broadcasting facility lines up with the direction of the transmitter in Piaski, which means that it will not be necessary to adjust antennas or change settings on TV sets.

The RCTN Lublin/Piaski Radio and Television Broadcasting Centre broadcasts radio and television programmes for nearly 1.2 million inhabitants of Lublin voivodeship. The existing antennas have served the inhabitants of the voivodeship for nearly 30 years, providing them with analogue and digital television broadcasts. The periodic maintenance and equipment overhauls in all broadcasting facilities enables Emitel to alleviate the risk of serious failures and prevent the situations that could potentially render receiving UKF and DVB-T broadcasts impossible, thus ensuring the highest quality of services.