Among the activities undertaken as part of the TAURON Group’s Anti-Corruption Policy, the functioning of the system for reporting, investigating and probing corruption activities and other abuses (frauds) is of key importance.
Each employee is obliged to study the provisions of the Policy, to strictly comply with its content and to sign an appropriate statement.
The data on collecting the statements at TAURON Polska Energia S.A. and other the TAURON Group’s subsidiaries is provided in the table.
Table Percentage of employees of individual the TAURON Group’s subsidiaries who signed, as of 31.12.2019, a statement on their familiarity with the Group’s Anti-Corruption Policy
||% of employees whose statements have been collected
||Has the process of collecting the statements been completed or is it underway?
|TAURON Polska Energia S.A.
|Kopalnia Wapienia „Czatkowice” sp. z o.o.
|Spółka Ciepłowniczo-Energetyczna Jaworzno III sp. z o.o.
|Spółka Usług Górniczych sp. z o.o.
||93% among white collar workers
7 % among blue collar workers
|TAURON Ciepło sp. z o.o.
||Underway (continuation among the new personnel)
|TAURON Dystrybucja S.A.
|TAURON Dystrybucja Pomiary sp. z o.o.
|TAURON Dystrybucja Serwis S.A.
|TAURON Ekoenergia sp. z o.o.
||No data as at 31 December 2019
|TAURON Ekoserwis sp. z o.o.
||Underway (continuation among the new personnel)
|TAURON Obsługa Klienta sp. z o.o.
|TAURON Sprzedaż sp. z o.o.
|TAURON Ubezpieczenia sp. z o.o.
|TAURON Wydobycie S.A.
|TAURON Wytwarzanie S.A.
||90% among employees with computer access
Employees are also required to promptly provide information on any justified suspicion of corruption or other frauds (abuses). To this end, TAURON provides:
- appropriate communication channels allowing employees and external entities to securely (including anonymously) report potential violations,
- confidentiality of the data of the reporting person and the information provided,
- protection against all forms of retaliation for the individuals who report corrupt activities and other abuses (frauds) in good faith.
Dedicated communication channels through which any type of irregularity can be reported:
- in person: to the immediate superior or the Compliance Officer or the Compliance Coordinator,
- in writing, to the following address: Compliance Officer, ul. Ks. Piotra Ściegiennego 3, 40-114 Katowice,
- by phone: + 48 32 774 22 22,
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Abuse (Fraud) Report form available on the website
- used to report behavior inconsistent with the applicable law, Group’s internal or intra-corporate regulations or ethical standards set out in the TAURON Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Code of Conduct.
External entities, in particular the contractors (counterparties) and other stakeholders of the TAURON Group’s Subsidiaries, in the case of identifying irregularities within the operations of the TAURON Group, have the option of using the Abuse (Fraud) Report Form.
In special cases, notifications can be sent in writing directly to the Company’s Supervisory Board.
Specific notification channels comply with the requirements set out in the Public Offering Act.
Superiors who receive reports of potential corrupt activities or other abuses (frauds) should immediately inform the Compliance Officer of this fact, and in the case of a company other than TAURON Polska Energia – the Compliance Coordinator.
The Compliance Officer, and in a Company other than TAURON Polska Energia S.A. the Compliance Coordinator, upon receipt of the notification, confirms its acceptance to the submitter. With the exception of anonymous reports, the Officer or Coordinator verifies whether it is true and undertakes, with due diligence, follow-up actions to clarify the circumstances indicated in the report in accordance with the procedures in force in this respect in the TAURON Group.
The Compliance Officer, and in a Company other than TAURON Polska Energia S.A. the Compliance Coordinator informs the person submitting the report about the final result of the fact finding investigation or about its extension.
All the reports received are subject to entry in the Fraud Register, and an explanatory report is drawn up for each fact finding investigation.
In the event corruption activities or other abuses (frauds) have been confirmed, the subsidiaries take corrective actions to prevent similar events in the future. The Compliance Officer, and in Companies other than TAURON Polska Energia S.A. Compliance Coordinators undertake educational and information activities in order to provide understandable and easily available information on the principles of reporting corrupt activities or other abuses (frauds) in the TAURON Group.
TAURON Polska Energia S.A. also monitors the procedures of conduct as well as the internal and intra-corporate regulations in force at the Group, also in terms of improving and developing the system of counteracting corruption and other abuses (frauds).
20 notifications were received using the Fraud Report Form in the TAURON Group in 2019.
Due diligence procedures functioning as part of the Anti-Corruption Policy also include the Principles of accepting and giving gifts in the TAURON Group introduced in January 2019. These Principles supplement the applicable the TAURON Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Code of Conduct and the TAURON Group’s Anti-Corruption Policy with respect to giving and accepting gifts by persons performing work for Group’s subsidiaries.
The purpose of the described document is to develop awareness among the employees of the TAURON Group’s subsidiaries regarding the type of gifts (including invitations) that can be received or handed in connection with the performance of official duties, and to define the conditions in which their acceptance or handing is unacceptable. The implementation and compliance with the Principles is to eliminate situations where accepting gifts could affect the business decisions made by the Group’s subsidiaries.
The general rule obligates all of the employees to refrain from accepting gifts from customers or other employees that could result in exerting an influence on the recipient or could give rise to the obligation to take or forego a specific action with respect to the official duties entrusted thereto, or affect current or future business decisions of the TAURON Group’s subsidiaries.
An employee of TAURON may accept a gift only if the criteria specified in the above-mentioned Principles are collectively met. Any doubts regarding the appropriateness of accepting a gift should be consulted with an immediate superior or the Compliance Officer at TAURON Polska Energia.
The rules for accepting and giving gifts in the TAURON Group are adapted to the requirements set out in the “Standards recommended for the compliance management system with respect to countering corruption and the whistleblower protection system in place at companies listed on the markets organized by the Warsaw Stock Exchange” adopted on 8 October 2018 by the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The standards referred to above contain recommendations on how to shape the compliance function in an organization, as well as on the introduction of solutions that minimize the risk of unethical behavior, conducive to corruption and conflict of interest. In addition, these standards are in line with the proposed changes to such regulations as the Act on the Liability of Collective Entities, indicating what actions bear the attributes of the concept of due diligence with respect to shaping the organization’s procedures and processes aimed at preventing corruption.