Kraków Airport is the first Polish airport to have joined the Partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals. The declaration was signed at the first State Forum of the 2030 Agenda Stakeholders at the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology.
The partnership declaration was signed by Radosław Włoszek, CEO at Kraków Airport. Other signatories included companies from the financial, energy, transport, construction, and food industries as well as NGOs.
The development of the airport contributes to the environment and society. The everyday airport operation is based on a sustainable development system of the air transport sector. A comprehensive approach to management is provided for in the 2016-2018 Social Responsibility Strategy of Kraków Airport. Kraków Airport cares for the natural environment and local society, fosters the highest standards of customer satisfaction and focuses on fair operational and business practices as well as personal development and satisfaction of its employees. In all fields of business, Kraków Airport pays attention to building stable and longlasting stakeholder relations based on dialogue.
For many years, the airport has taken responsible business initiatives contributing to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, Kraków Airport joining the Partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals specified in the UN Agenda has been a natural consequence of the actions taken to date.
Examples include the implementation of the Kraków Airport (EPKK) environmental noise impact limitation policy (an initiative of a civil airport user aiming at inter-sectoral/inter-institutional cooperation); the development of grant programmes for the benefit of the local community and their modification based on dialogue; the activities of the Aviation Education Centre at Kraków Airport; the “Need Help” student training programme; the participation in acceleration programs and the staff’s commitment to the development of new technologies. They are merely a few examples of actions taken by Kraków Airport.
Kraków Airport is also Poland’s first regional airport to have published a sustainability report. The document presents the corporate governance basis, results, future plans and, most importantly, corporate social responsibility activities in the context of the Company’s business strategy. Another report will be published soon, presenting the airport activities in 2017.
Sustainable Development Goals – a program of sustainable development and strengthening of peace and freedom in the world (the so-called 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) agreed by the representatives of UN member states, businesses, numerous institutions, and NGOs. The 2030 Agenda focuses on three areas: economy, environment and society. It contains 17 goals (SDGs) covering 169 specific activities. The goals include, e.g.: ending poverty and hunger, healthy life and wellbeing, quality education, sustainable and affordable energy, economic growth and decent work, innovation, reduction of inequality, sustainable cities and societies, sustainable consumption and production patterns, combating climate change. Poland – along other UN member states – has agreed to fulfil the SDGs until 2030.