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Emitel was recognized for the remote reading of parameters from water meters for Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji in Wrocław. The jury of the Smart City Awards competition pointed out that it is one of the largest city Internet of Things (IoT) projects in Poland, and the project created a network that will cover the entire city of Wrocław.

The awarded solution is the construction of an innovative system of remote reading of parameters from water meters for the Municipal Water and Sewage Company (MPWiK). This is the first urban Internet of Things (IoT) projects on such a scale in Poland, which will ultimately cover even over 70,000. counters. The delivered solutions will also ensure extended communication with devices located in hard-to-reach locations, such as deep wells or basements. To implement the network project, Emitel uses the LoRaWAN technology, which has already been successfully used by the company in IoT implementations in other cities. The implementation in Wrocław began in May 2021.

I am pleased with the award for Emitel for the implemented solution prepared for MPWiK. It is an appreciation of our intelligent solutions in the field of smart city, which we have already implemented in several cities. As part of the development of this area, we provide local governments with networks that enable the implementation of solutions that can primarily benefit residents, as well as collect valuable information for municipal services. Every day there are new ideas and solutions in the field of IoT and smart city that can significantly improve the functioning of cities and their inhabitants in many aspects. Thanks to the infrastructure developed throughout Poland and the synergy effect with other projects, Emitel can implement these solutions throughout the country – said Maciej Staszak, Vice President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the implementation of projects that not only reduce costs and increase efficiency, but also improve the quality of life of residents and support environmental protection objectives. Innovative solutions allow you to use the potential of technology in the construction of smart cities. Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are key to building them. Modern cities are to be friendly to the environment and its inhabitants. The solutions prepared by Emitel are in line with the challenges faced by cities in Poland today.

The Smart City Awards competition aims to popularize personalities and projects that have significantly contributed to the promotion of solutions for the construction of smart cities in Poland, and cities implementing this idea. The awards are addressed both to representatives of the business sector and local administration, who through implemented projects, with the use of innovative solutions and management strategies, contribute to the increase in the competitiveness of Polish cities, economy and business.

Smart City Awards Jury:

  • Maciej Bluj – Chairman of the Program Council, Expert in the field of smart city solutions, Deputy Mayor of the City of Wrocław in the years 2007 – 2018
  • Witold Abramowicz – Professor of the University of Economics in Poznań
  • Szymon Ciupa – Smart City and GIS expert, smartcity-expert.eu
  • Jan Czajkowski – Co-chairman of the Information Society Team of the Joint Commission of the Government and Local Government, Association of Polish Cities
  • Bartosz Dominiak – Deputy Mayor of the Ursynów District of the Capital City of Warsaw,
  • Adam Jędrzejewski -Founder & CEO, Mobile City Association
  • Julia Kozak – Partner, THINK TANK
  • Tomasz Kulisiewicz – Expert, Center for Studies on the Digital State
  • Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak – Expert in entrepreneurship and innovation, Member of the University Council at the Warsaw School of Economics, President of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development in the years 2009-2016
  • Aneta Pernak – Vice President of the Management Board, MM Conferences
  • Bartosz Piziak – Head of the Urban Innovation Laboratory – Urban Lab, Institute of Urban and Regional Development
  • Marek Wąsowski – Director of the Smart Power Grids Polska Consortium Office, Wrocław University of Technology
  • Piotr Zesiuk – President of the Management Board, MM Conferences.

 

The “Home & Market” monthly has been giving the Manager of the Year awards for over 27 years. Among the distinguished in the annual poll, there are representatives of various sectors of the economy, who represent various management schools and professional paths. The President of the Management Board of Emitel has received this award for the second time.

Manager of the year is a project presenting the profiles of managers who, in the opinion of the monthly, managed the companies they lead most effectively in the last year. The jury appreciated them for putting the client’s needs in the foreground and following the changing trends and market circumstances, responsible approach to business during the epidemic, pro-ecological attitude, team management skills, honest fight against competition and vision even in difficult times.

The justification for granting this award to Andrzej Kozłowski is the implementation of the ESG Strategy for the years 2021-2025 in Emitel, defining the main goals of the company’s activities in the area of the natural environment, social responsibility and corporate governance, and related reporting of Emitel’s social involvement based on the international GRI reporting standard. before it becomes mandatory, which is an extremely positive inspiration for the environment. In activities in the field of ESG, the participation of management boards of companies, in particular leadership and personal commitment on the part of managers at the head of companies, is very important. The companies’ approach to ESG is best verified by independent audits in which Emitel participates each year.
In the GRESB survey conducted in the fall of 2021, assessing activities in the field of social commitment and sustainable development, Emitel scored a record number of 90 points and was awarded the 5-star award for the second time. The result obtained by the Company shows that care for the environment, society and corporate governance is important for the company, and that activities in this area are consistently implemented.

This year, the winners include leading representatives of the largest companies in Poland, including: Aleksandra Agatowska – President of the Management Board of PZU Życie, Wojciech Hann – President of the Management Board of BOŚ, Roger Hodgkiss – President of the Management Board of Generali Polska, Iwona Kossmann – President of the Management Board of Deni Cler, Krzysztof Krauze – President of the Management Board of Intrum, Ewa Małyszko – President of the Management Board of PFR TFI, Marcin Nedwidek – President Of the Management Board of UNIQA Polska, Zbigniew Wojciech Okoński – President of the Management Board of ROBYG, Radosław Olszewski – President of the Management Board of DM BOŚ, Dariusz Sapiński – President of the Management Board of the Mlekovita Group, Tomasz Suchański – President of the Management Board of Żabka Group and Karolina Szmidt – President of the Management Board of Henkel Polska.

Congratulations to the President of Emitel and all awarded Managers for re-awarding the title of Manager of the Year 2022!   The entire article, with information about the other Manager of the Year winners, can be downloaded here: https://homeandmarket.eu/2407/menedzer-roku-2022-2/

For the 11th time, the Polityka weekly, the consulting company Deloitte and the Responsible Business Forum have distinguished Polish leaders of sustainable development and ESG as part of the POLITYKA Listki CSR initiative. The organizers of the competition awarded Emitel with the Srebrny Listek CSR, appreciating its activities in the field of sustainable development, environmental protection, social responsibility and corporate governance.

– Polityka’s Srebrny Listek CSR is a very important distinction for us, confirming that our activities are appreciated by experts in the field of sustainable development. At the end of March this year we published the ESG report for 2021 – for the first time it was prepared based on the international GRI reporting standard. Last year, we also approved the ESG Policy for 2021-2025, which defines main goals of our activities in the area of natural environment, social responsibility and corporate governance. These are: Caring for the landscape, biodiversity and protection of habitats, improving energy efficiency, minimizing the impact on the environment, sustainable waste management and concern for interpersonal relations. This is the best proof that the issue of sustainable development is of great importance to us – said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

The POLITYKA’s Srebrny listek awards were presented to companies which declare that in their daily activities they take into account most of the key solutions in the field of sustainable development, implement the highest quality solutions and disclose information related to their activities. The scores in the competition were awarded on the basis of an analysis of the questionnaire completed by the companies, developed in accordance with the guidelines of the ISO 26000 standard. POLITYKA’s Złoty Listek CSR was awarded to 21 companies, Srebrny Listek to 27, and Biały Listek to 35 companies.

This year, the editorial office also introduced a new category – the Zielony Listek CSR. It was awarded to companies for which reducing the negative impact on the climate, preventing climate change and adapting to these conditions are key elements of strategic activities running their businesses and in relations with their stakeholders.

Emitel received the Top Employer Polska 2022 title, awarded by the Top Employers Institute to the best employers in Poland. Obtaining this prestigious certificate for the third year in a row confirms that Emitel maintains high standards of human resources management and responds to the dynamics of changes on the labor market.

Continuous improvement of human capital management standards, putting employees’ needs first, creating development opportunities and caring for the well-being and close communication with employees – these are the qualities Emitel focuses on. The fact that the company has been awarded the Top Employer Polska title for the third time is a confirmation that the adopted HR strategy gains recognition of international authorities in this field.

By listening to employees and responding to their real needs, Emitel is committed to maintaining the position of a friendly employer and a company offering great conditions and place of work. The Top Employer certificate, obtained by us for the third year in a row, confirms that we are among the best employers in Poland. It is very important to us, because it is thanks to our employees – top-class specialists, extremely motivated and committed, working with great passion, that we can develop our business – says Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel.

Obtaining the Top Employers certificate is preceded by a long validation process and the need to meet many conditions. The questionnaire survey covering key areas related to human capital management is verified based on evidence of the existence of appropriate procedures, processes and practices. The entire certification process is completed by an independent audit conducted by external auditors.

Despite the difficult year we’ve had, which – like the previous one – has certainly influenced organizations around the world, Emitel has proved that it remains a priority for them to maintain excellent HR practices. Facing the challenges of the changing world of work positively affects the lives of your employees. We are happy that we can celebrate together and we congratulate the organizations that have received the Top Employers certificate in their countries this year – says David Plink, CEO of the Top Employers Institute.

The Top Employer title is awarded only to organizations whose employee offers meet the highest international standards.  The Top Employers Institute certifies organizations on the basis of an assessment of a questionnaire containing best practices in human resource management. The questionnaire covers 6 domains, consisting of 20 topics, including: HR strategy, work environment, talent acquisition, training and development, well-being, diversity and inclusion. The program certifies and awards more than 1,850 top employers in 123 countries and regions on five continents.

About Top Employers Intitute

Top Employers Institute is a global authority in the field of researching human resource management practices. It helps to optimize best practices by enriching the work environment. Thanks to the Top Employers Institute certification program, organizations participating in the program are validated, certified and recognized as the employer of choice. The Top Employers Institute was founded over 30 years ago and has certified over 1,850 organizations in 123 countries and regions. Certified Top Employers have a positive impact on the lives of over 8 million employees worldwide.

Emitel received a certificate from the Newsweek editorial office in the category of Changing the world for the better for the remote water meter reading system developed for the Wroclaw waterworks. This is a new B2B, i.e. business to business editorial distinction category. It is intended for companies that, whilst not always providing services to individual customers, impact the quality of their lives. 

The network built by Emitel will cover the whole city, and special devices will be installed on water meters to enable wireless communication. Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company will receive water consumption data without sending employees to the field and engaging customers. Thanks to this project, it will be possible to manage water flow efficiently, which is extremely important and translates into real savings.

This is one of Poland’s most extensive municipal Internet of Things (IoT) projects, which will eventually include up to over 70,000 meters. The solutions provided will also ensure extended connectivity to devices located in hard-to-reach locations, such as deep wells or basements. To implement the network project, Emitel uses LoRaWAN technology, which the company has successfully operated in IoT implementations in other cities.

The solution that Emitel is implementing in Wroclaw was tailor-made for our client because this is how we approach Internet of Things projects. Based on our know-how and extensive experience in building smart cities solutions, we can quickly prepare an optimal solution said Maciej Staszak – Vice-President of the Management Board – Sales Director at Emitel.

In the justification for granting the 2021 Newsweek’s Conscious Choice certificate, the Chapter pointed out that Emitel received the award for the remote water meter reading system created for the Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company in Wroclaw. In the editorial team’s opinion, this project is future technology in practice. Other award winners in the Changing the World for the Better category are Stena Recycling for the Stena Circular Economy Award and Zadbano for its most popular Home Delivery service.

The Chapter included the following

Dariusz Ćwiklak, deputy editor-in-chief and head of “Newsweek’s” business section

Renata Kim, Head of Newsweek’s society section

Anna Dygasiewicz-Piwko, “Newsweek Living” Project Director

Maciej Gajek, Newsweek journalist, the content supervisor of the Conscious Choice campaign

The Electronics and Telecommunications Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences awarded the President of Emitel with the title of the Leader of the Polish ICT Sector and the Golden Cyborg statuette. The Jury decided to recognise Andrzej Kozłowski’s contribution to the development of radio broadcasting and radio telecommunication services in Poland and innovative projects concerning smart cities. The awards ceremony took place on 30 September in NASK’s headquarters.

Emitel is the leading terrestrial radio and television network operator in Poland. One of the key projects carried out to date is the change of the frequency range of the television broadcasting (700MHz spectrum refarming), combined with the process of transition to the new DVB-T2/HEVC broadcasting standard. Emitel also increases the broadcasting range of DAB+ digital radio for Polish Radio. Following the launch of new transmitters in 2020, today nearly 70% of Poland’s population can enjoy digital broadcasts. The company also develops telecommunications infrastructure for mobile operators and implements smart city solutions based on Internet of Things technologies.

“This award is particularly special to me because it was presented by the telecommunications research community. I would like to thank the Competition Jury for this distinction. I believe in working hand in hand with the scientific and academic community and consider it very important. That is why Emitel carries out development and scholarship programmes, and I am personally involved in them as the head of the Council of the Foundation for the Support of Radio and Multimedia Technology Development at Warsaw University of Technology”, said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A

Golden Cyborgs have been awarded by the Committee on Electronics and Telecommunications of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1998 to outstanding figures in the field of telecommunications and information technologies, with a track record of successes in science or management. The prize is a token of appreciation for the activities of the ICT industry in Poland. The Golden Cyborg Award Jury is chaired by Prof. Józef Woźniak – Chairman of the Telecommunications Section of the Committee on Electronics and Telecommunications of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Emitel was awarded in Industry 4.0 category for the Smart City project implemented in Piaseczno. The company, in cooperation with Piaseczno City and Commune Office, designed and built the network and provided the sensors for the needs of smart city solutions.

The awards were granted in two competitions: “2021 Hit” and “2020 Leader”. The first group was meant to award the best solutions which already are or will be available in 2021, whereas the second one covered institutions and businesses which implemented a spectacular project in the field of modern technologies in 2020. In the first competition, emphasis is put on future, trends and opportunities, while the second is dominated by the present, i.e. current technology at its best. Leaders were selected in three categories: Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions and Industry 4.0, while Hits were chosen in two categories – Banking and Insurance and Other Financial Institutions.

The category of Industry 4.0, in which Emitel was awarded, includes entities from the industrial sector involved in production or distribution (especially from the chemical, mechanical, automotive, electronic, petroleum, metallurgic and electric engineering trades), which, in 2020, introduced IT solutions and products based on innovations. Similarly to the aforementioned categories, their aim should be more efficient customer service, improvement in the activity of the company reporting the project, launching new products or expanding the offer.

“Implementation of the Smart City concept may be a powerful driving force for the Polish economy, yielding measurable benefits for residents, public administration units and businesses,” said Maciej Staszak, Vice President of the Board of Emitel S.A. –“I am really happy that Emitel is in possession of solutions which significantly contribute to the development of cities in Poland, through the application of state-of-the-art technologies and a growing trust towards the Internet of things,” added Maciej Staszak.

Awards in both competitions are presented by the Jury who assess the solutions reported by companies and institutions in terms of their innovativeness and utilization of modern IT concepts and products in many domains of economy, from the sphere of services and customer assistance to production activity. The awarded companies included the Warsaw Chopin Airport and the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency.

Technological competitions of Gazeta Bankowa are among the polls with the longest tradition on the Polish digital market. This year, the “Leader” competition was organized for the 19th time, and the “Hit” competition for the 14th time. The aim of TechnoBiznes is to present an important role of technology in the functioning of businesses, its significance in gaining business benefits and competitive advantage, as well as its increasing share in the development of both the national economy and the high-tech market.

 

This year’s edition of the Responsible Business Ranking involved more than 80 companies, and the number of enterprises interested in the ranking was twice as high. Ultimately, 70 companies entered the main list. Emitel was among top fifteen companies, having scored 80 out of 100 points.

The results of the 15th Responsible Business Ranking and Positive Impact Start-ups were announced during a virtual event on June 18th, 2021. The gala was organized by Koźmiński Business Hub, conducting activity as part of Leon Koźmiński Academy. This year’s edition of the Responsible Business Ranking attracted a numerous group of participants, which proves that even during the days of the epidemic, businesses operating in Poland are aware of major challenges they are to face, and do not forget about the social role they have to play. The first place in the ranking was occupied by BNP Paribas Bank Polska, followed by Santander Bank Polska and Orange Polska. Distinctions were awarded, among others, to PKN Orlen, Coca-Cola HBC Polska, Jeronimo Martins Polska, Auchan and Raben Group.

“I would like to congratulate all the companies awarded as part of this year’s ranking. It is worth emphasizing that, despite the challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic, sustainable development has remained one of the top priorities, and businesses are eager to accept the effort related to responsibility towards various stakeholders. For Emitel’s management and employees, social responsibility is an extremely important aspect of our everyday work,” said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Board of Emitel S.A.

“In a way, a side effect of the pandemic was a major upheaval in many businesses, which also changed the way of thinking about sustainable development and facing civilization challenges. Since business leaders learned that a crisis is possible, they could, finally, start talking about forms and necessary stages of adjustment. Carbon footprint measurement, decarbonization of delivery chains, closing raw material circulation, D&I departments in every company, responsible innovations, multi-sectoral partnerships, energy efficiency, sustainable financing, new organizational structures for CSR are just a few examples of brand new approaches,” commented Prof. Bolesław Rok of Leon Koźmiński Academy, co-originator of the Responsible Business Ranking.

The Responsible Business Ranking, first published in 2007, is the only list of companies operating in Poland, evaluated in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) management system. In 2021, RBR’s partner is the Responsible Business Forum [Forum Odpowiedzialnego Biznesu]. Deloitte is the substantive partner, responsible for review of the answers, whereas Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily is the media partner. The ranking has been created by Professor Bolesław Rok of the Centre for the Research on Positive Impact Entrepreneurship at Leon Koźmiński Academy and Jarosław Horodecki, an analyst.

More than 200 companies operating on the Polish market have already taken part in the ranking. The ranking provides an opportunity to compare the results in particular areas of CSR achieved by different companies, and is a valuable instrument facilitating arrangement and development of corporate responsibility strategies.

Emitel has once again been granted the prestigious Top Employer Poland title. The company is one of 67 companies awarded by Top Employers Institute. The certificate obtained proves high commitment of Emitel to provision of attractive working environment, by implementing high standards in the field of HR management.

Implementation of high HR management standards, provision of friendly and attractive working environment and always putting the employees’ needs first – this is an approach which characterizes Emitel. The fact that the Company has once again been given the Top Employer Poland title proves best that the chosen direction of development, practices and HR standards is correct.

“Emitel is created by top specialists and people with passionate devotion to their work. This mixture of talent, commitment and passion is a true driving force behind Emitel. The Top Employer certificate confirms that Emitel offers working conditions typical of the best employers on the market.”– says Andrzej J. Kozłowski, Emitel’s Chairman of the Board.

Obtaining a certificate is preceded by a long validation process and requires meeting a number of conditions. A questionnaire survey covering key areas related to HR management is verified based on the evidence of existence of appropriate procedures, processes and practices. The whole certification process is concluded by an independent audit conducted by external auditors.

“Despite a difficult year we experienced, Emitel proved that they put the employees of their organization first. We are proud to present this year’s awards and we congratulate the organizations which obtained the certificates in their countries as part of the Top Employers Institute programme” – says David Plink, CEO of Top Employers Institute.

The Top Employer title is granted only to organizations whose offer for employees meets the highest international standards.  Top Employers Institute certifies organizations based on an assessment of a questionnaire covering best practices in the field of HR management. It encompasses 6 domains, including 20 topics, among others: HR strategy, working environment, talent sourcing, training and development, well-being, diversity and integration. As part of the programme, certificates and awards were granted to more than 1600 best employers in 120 countries/regions, on five continents.

About Top Employers Institute

Top Employers Institute is a global authority in the field of research on HR management practices. It helps optimize the best practices, enhancing the working environment. Thanks to the Top Employers Institute certification programme, organizations participating in the programme undergo validation, certification and are considered an employer of choice. Top Employers Institute was established 30 years ago and has certified more than 1 600 organizations in 120 countries. The certified Top Employers have a positive influence on the lives of more than 7 million employees worldwide.

 

The “Poland’s Most Important Companies” ranking reflects significant trends in contemporary business. Apart from economic indicators, the editorial staff of Rzeczpospolita took into consideration the role played by the company in the social reality – from questions of taxes, to the level and forms of employment, to efforts benefitting local communities, to environmental protection measures. The company’s functioning during the coronavirus epidemic was observed as well, alongside its immunity to market shocks and the measures benefitting its employees and the society in this difficult time.

The “Poland’s Most Important Companies” ranking was compiled in two categories: corporate group and individual company. The laureates were selected by the ranking’s jury composed of acclaimed economists and market analysts. The project is part of the celebrations of the centenary of the Rzeczpospolita daily. It is under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Development. Besides Emitel, the companies most important for Poland included, among others: PKN Orlen, PGNiG, PGE, PZU, Grupa Azoty, and Jeronimo Martins.

“Thank you very much for the distinction which is awarded in a special year – the year of the hundredth birthday of the Rzeczpospolita daily. It is an honour to be among companies that are key for the future of the Polish economy,” said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, the President of the Management Board of Emitel.

Emitel has been accompanying Poles in their everyday lives for over 50 years. It is responsible for broadcasting terrestrial television and radio signal throughout Poland. It also maintains important wireless communication nodes for many national services and institutions.

Due to the epidemiological situation in the country and across the world, it is key to maintain the continuity of service provision, since television and radio are important communication channels for the authorities and institutions engaged in the fight with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and for many Poles, especially seniors, they are the only source of information on important events.

“A distinction from such a prestigious daily as Rzeczpospolita is evidence that Emitel is one of the leaders and an important participant in the economic bloodstream in Poland. It is an award for all the past and present Emitel employees who have been writing the history of this company,” Emitel’s President added.

Emitel’s operations are executed in a fully responsible manner, towards the stakeholders, the business setting – but, most importantly, the environment, the protection of which is the highest priority for the company. The innovative solutions built by Emitel for the Smart Cities, executed in cooperation with local governments, correspond perfectly with this position, for example the installation of sensors for measuring the fill level of trash cans, flood sensors for monitoring the water level in rivers and main drainage ditches, and other sensors that inspect the environment (temperature, noise level, or humidity).