GES Newsletter
September 2, 2011

Poland highlights Corporate Social Responsibility during its EU Presidency by hosting a conference on September 5. GES Investment Services Poland’s Managing Director Martin Pitura has been invited to share his expertise on Responsible Investment.

The Polish EU conference “Shared Responsibility – How to increase visibility and effectiveness of the EU CSR framework” takes place in Gdansk on September 5. Its purpose is “to draw public attention to the need for EU policy cohesion in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR)”. Target groups are representatives from central and local administrations, member states, EU institutions, Polish and foreign social partners, international organisations, and business community representatives.

One workshop will focus on Responsible Investment (RI) through a panel debate moderated by Robert Sroka, CSR Expert at Employers of Poland. It will explore the future of RI on an overall European level and more specifically on a Polish level by asking: How can the Polish capital market be prepared for such investment instruments? Does Poland have companies that would be interesting for responsible investors? What should be the role of the government in the support of responsible investment?

Martin Pitura, Managing Director of GES Investment Services Poland, is one of the invited panellists:

“Based on GES’ experience from seven years of presence on the Polish market and twenty years globally, I hope to contribute with valuable insight into the current level of performance on environmental, social and governance issues among Polish and other European companies. I also wish to bring to light the different motivations towards RI among different kind of investors in this part of the world, as well as to make some suggestions for RI development in the future.”

The Polish government has already marked its ambitions within CSR and RI by establishing an advisory group – where GES’ Martin Pitura also is a member – which shall produce recommendations to the Polish Ministry of Economy for Responsible Investment in Poland.

For more information, please contact:
Martin Pitura, Managing Director, GES Poland, and CFO, GES International