The development of the Internet and new technologies over the last decades has changed the way we seek information, manage and spend money or communicate with our friends and relatives. Orange Polska has been contributing to this transformation. We are facing both the opportunities and challenges posed by the digital revolution. Each company is leaving its own social and economic footprint, and should feel responsible for it.
For years it is providing employment to tens of thousands of people, whose salaries are feeding the economy, selling and buying services and goods worth billions of zlotys, and paying billions in taxes. The modern communication technologies provided by the Company have thoroughly changed, and are still changing, the everyday life of people and the mode of operation of businesses. Thus, Orange Polska’s impact is not limited to selling services to its customers.
Some of these effects we can experience ourselves when buying or selling online, contacting our relatives and friends anywhere in the world, or listening to the music from a cloud service. These are new opportunities and facilities, which only recently seemed like pure sci-fi.
Orange Polska is offering fixed and mobile broadband, HDTV, and innovative services, such as ‘TV Here And There’, available on mobile devices. It is implementing the latest technologies and standards, which increase service capacity and quality. The Company is also supporting innovations across the entire Polish economy and society. Orange Polska is not focused exclusively on its own research, but is sharing its knowledge and building communities and networks which connect companies, universities, public institutions and NGOs. As a result, it leaves its social footprint not only by the direct impact of its innovations on the life of people and communities, but also by the know-how transfer to its partners, enabling them to introduce their own innovative projects and solutions onto the market.
The availability of new communication technologies determines whether we are willing and able to move elsewhere; whether our company is able to compete with others; what our access to culture, education and entertainment is like; how easy we can work together; and, consequently, what our chances for a successful life are. Here, ‘our’ means not only ‘my’ or ‘your’, but also ‘our common’, that is the chances of the community where we live. Nowadays, ‘peripheral’ does not only refer to physical distance, but also distance in communications, while exclusion may be not only social, but also digital. Orange Polska is greatly contributing to this transformation, influencing the fate of local communities.
Interactions between people and information exchange are a foundation that binds any communities and enables their development. Therefore, new telecommunication technologies profoundly transform our abilities and, consequently, our behaviours, habits and choices. Orange Polska serves over 23 million customers, so it is one of the leading players in this digital revolution.
The Company is implementing policies and standards to monitor its environmental impact, carrying out programmes to increase energy efficiency of services and reduce the related harmful gas emissions, pursuing more effective waste management, reducing its impact on the landscape, and monitoring and testing the impact of telecommunication services on health.
Only less than 56% of our workforce live in Poland’s top five cities, while others work in smaller cities and towns. The Group employs permanent employees in 160 locations, including 34 rural or semi-rural districts. This has a tremendous effect on local labour markets and local economies. Orange Polska’s employees are offered not only a chance to join a global telecom organisation, but also locally competitive remuneration, professional career opportunities and high work standards.