Oil firm PKN Orlen listed in World's Most Ethical Company 2020 ranking

Orlen said the distinction reflects it high ethical standards in business. Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Dominant Polish fuels firm PKN Orlen has been distinguished in a ranking of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 2020. It is the only company from Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe region that made the ranking.

Orlen said the distinction reflects it high ethical standards in business.

"We are trustworthy partners in business," Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek was quoted in a Wednesday press release as saying. "Our activities are transparent, we undertake enterprises consistently taking care of the highest models of behaviour, which our partners appreciate. The market also perceives it, the best proof of which is (our) presence for the seventh time in the ranking of the world's most ethical companies."

He also said the company treats the distinction "as an obligation to further build an ethical work environment and promote such activities in our environment."

PKN Orlen explained that companies taking part in the ranking have to show, among other things, "effective and proven activities" such as in the field of sustainable development, voluntary work, social responsibility, environmental protection, anti-corruption measures and data protection.

This year's ranking contained 132 companies representing over 50 sectors in 21 countries.