This year, 146 volunteers – employees of the ORLEN Unipetrol Group – have joined the traditional Volunteer Days organised for the non-profit organisations located near ORLEN Unipetrol production plants. They helped in eight organisations and were involved in activities related to social services, building maintenance and environment-related services. The initiative aims to contribute to improving and developing local communities actively. ORLEN Unipetrol employees worked 1,022 hours on nine volunteer projects. They could choose from helping eight organisations in the locations where the Group is present. The highest number of volunteers was in Litvínov, collecting rubbish around Chempark. They managed to collect 2.6 tonnes of waste.
“I want to express my gratitude and admiration to our employees who joined this year’s Volunteer Days. Their excitement, interest, and willingness to help prove that they are concerned not only with their achievements but also with the welfare of others. Their volunteer work will bring joy to the life of those who need help and show that even small deeds may be of great significance,” Katarzyna Woś, Vice-Chair of the board of directors of the ORLEN Unipetrol Group, summed up this year’s Volunteer Days.
This initiative also creates a link between the company and local communities. It enables employees to share their skills and vigour with those who need it most. ORLEN Unipetrol employees spent their time and verve on volunteer projects in retirement homes, public space cleaning, maintenance of non-profit organisations’ buildings, and other activities that helped improve the quality of life in local communities. ORLEN Unipetrol Volunteer Days are an opportunity for employees to join not only volunteer activities but also a means to boost solidarity and collaboration between employees and local communities.
Employees could help in eight organisations where the Group is active this year:
- Naděje retirement home (painting and adapting rooms, garden adaptations)
- Most environmental centre (cleaning cycle paths and Chempark surroundings in Záluží)
- Children’s home in Kralupy (cleaning unused premises and their adaptations, painting, cleaning waste)
- Castle Park in Veltrusy (park maintenance)
- Rybka non-profit organisation (greenery adaptations, cleaning the garden)
- Early Care Centre (painting, cleaning windows, the yard, making didactic aids)
- Borůvka Praha (selling a charity calendar for 2024 on the organisation’s 25th anniversary)
- Centrum Kociánka (cleaning and maintaining the premises, cleaning windows)
- Maintaining the Handicap Zlín building and a charity shop
ORLEN Unipetrol supports Volunteer Days all year round through the internal employee platform, komUNIta. Employees can use it during the year to submit applications for financial contributions to volunteer activities that will help improve the life of local communities or support organisations in the locations where the Group is active. This year, employee proposals helped improve and adapt an outdoor environment at the nursing home in Libiš and purchase a sound distribution system for the children’s choir in Velké Bílovice.
The ORLEN Unipetrol Group is the largest refining and petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. It focuses on crude oil processing and the production, distribution and sale of vehicle fuels and petrochemical products – particularly plastics and fertilisers. It belongs among the key players on the Czech and Central European markets in all these areas. The ORLEN Unipetrol Group encompasses refineries and production plants in Litvínov and Kralupy nad Vltavou, Paramo in Pardubice, Spolana in Neratovice, REMAQ in Otrokovice, and two research centres in Litvínov and Brno. Unipetrol also includes the Benzina ORLEN filling station network in the Czech Republic and a network of ORLEN outlets in Slovakia and Hungary. In 2005, ORLEN Unipetrol became a member of the ORLEN Group, the largest multi-energy company in Central Europe. ORLEN Unipetrol employs almost 6,000 people and is active in corporate social responsibility. It seeks to promote initiatives that cultivate and support sustainable development, education, local communities, and the environment.