'Agora Group Responsibility Report 2018' presented company impact on the environment in the areas of workplace and human rights, ethics and compliance, relations with clients and suppliers, social and environmental impact as well as corporate governance.
2018 was another year of intense growth of Agora brands and businesses in the media and entertainment markets. Simultaneously, we took measures to ensure responsible and sustainable approach to management and high standards in our operations.
Thanks to the commitment and contribution of the entire team of the Agora Group, we initiated and joined a lot of social and philanthropic initiatives targeted at local communities. In the spirit of our principle ‘Responsible everyday’, and our commitment to ethics and compliance, we launched a comprehensive system of ethics in October 2018. Our ‘Code of Ethics’ provides ethical guidance to all employees and collaborators. We have also implemented a whistleblowing system that ensures confidentiality and anonymity of whistleblowers. It was an important goal in our strategic approach to responsibility, specified in ‘Agora Responsibility Report 2017’. It should be noted that our commitment to corporate social responsibility: environmental and social impact, corporate management and governance; was recognized again. Agora was included in the prestigious group of 31 companies listed in the Warsaw Stock Exchange RESPECT Index of responsible companies. It is a source of considerable satisfaction and motivation to continue the good work in this aspect.
Our operations and impact on the environment in the areas of workplace and human rights, ethics and compliance, relations with clients and suppliers, social and environmental impact as well as corporate governance, are discussed in detail in ‘Agora Responsibility Report 2018’. The document includes key data and non-financial indicators referring to the operations of Agora in all our businesses. We hope that it will introduce You to our projects and our approach to responsibility understood as responsible and sustainable growth, building lasting relations with the environment and respecting diversity. We want to create value for the entire society, hence the references to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Besides the compliance with Directive 2013/34/UE, the main idea behind publishing our report was to demonstrate our commitment to transparency. In this spirit, we invited input from our stakeholders in the development process of the report and based the document on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standard.
In 2019 we intend to continue to adhere to Responsible Everyday principle in our operations, invite our stakeholders to enter dialogue and cooperation with Agora. We want to strengthen our ethical infrastructure and introduce new compliance solutions. Our plans also include developing social, educational, cultural and charity projects as well as initiatives for our employees. You will find the results of these projects in the report for 2019. In the meantime, let me invite you to read 2018 report.
It is my sincere hope that you will find ‘Agora Responsibility Report 2018’ interesting and share your opinions about it.
Bartosz Hojka, President of the Management Board of Agora S.A.