SPCleantech is a network of cooperating entities related to Cleantech industry, that combine their resources, knowledge and skills in order to achieve common goals.
The main goal of SPCleantech is to create a dynamic ecosystem that encourages the exchange of knowledge, promotes innovation and drives economic growth and competitiveness of its members.
Here are some of the main benefits of membership in innovative SPCleantech cluster:

  • Cooperation and networking 
  • Access to resources
  • Exchange of knowledge and training
  • Innovation and research 
  • Joint promotion and marketing
  • Institutional support 
  • Solving common problems

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SPCleantech supports actions taken to reduce the negative impact on the natural environment and to ensure a more sustainable and ecological approach to economic activity, as well as regarding the use of modern digital technologies to optimize business processes, increase efficiency and improve competitiveness.

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ESG is the colloquial name of the approach according to which entrepreneurs should be guided not only by the pursuit of maximum profit, but also care for the natural environment (“E”-Environment), social responsibility, including in the field of social issues (“S”-Social) and corporate governance, including taking into account the diversity and benefits of various stakeholders, not only owners or shareholders of the company (“G”-Governance).

The obligation of non-financial ESG reporting will sooner or later apply to every Polish company, so it is worth taking an interest in it now. The more so that the new regulations will have consequences for the entire market.

Companies that are the first to report on ESG will pay attention to their entire supply chain and expect detailed information on the origin of the product or carbon footprint from the companies they work with.

SPCleantech supports members in:

  • Analysis of the needs and expectations of stakeholders, the current state and the vision and ambitions of ESG
  • Developing a sustainable development strategy
  • Preparation of the first non-financial report and communication strategy
  • Strategy implementation

In November 2022, the Council of the European Union finally approved the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). The directive entered into force on January 5, 2023.

The entry into force of the new reporting obligations is divided into four stages:

  • In 2025 for the 2024 financial year – an obligation for companies already subject to the Non-Financial Reporting Directive
  • In 2026 for the 2025 financial year – an obligation for large enterprises not yet subject to the Non-Financial Reporting Directive – companies meeting 2 out of 3 criteria: over 250 employees, balance sheet total over EUR 20 million, annual revenue over EUR 40 million
  • In 2027 for the 2026 financial year – Obligation for listed SMEs (except micro-enterprises), small and non-complex credit institutions and captive insurance companies
  • In 2029 for the 2028 financial year – an obligation for companies from third countries, as long as they generate more than EUR 150 million in net sales in the EU and have at least one subsidiary or branch here exceeding certain thresholds

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) is responsible for developing the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). The European Commission will adopt the final version of these standards by means of a delegated act in June 2023.

The adopted CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) imposes new disclosure requirements on companies, according to which companies will be obliged to include and demonstrate the impact of ESG factors in business decisions and energy and climate transformation programs. These requirements confirm the need to conduct a reliable analysis of the financial and business impact of ESG factors on the company’s value and strategy. First of all, it will be necessary to include non-financial factors in an orderly and holistic manner in operational processes.

Without a long-term management vision and a connection with the business strategy, there is no value security. Including ESG factors in the business strategy not only shows stakeholders and investors the maturity of the organization, but also gives the opportunity to look more broadly, including the company’s operations, its processes, products and services and the use of gaps that the competition has not yet noticed. It also makes it easier to reach for funds for sustainable development and innovation, or to gain an advantage in the fight for talents on the labor market.

Benefits of implementing an ESG strategy:

  • Greater credibility for stakeholders
  • Easier to obtain financing from banks
  • Greater chance to obtain EU funds
  • Easier access to investor funds
  • Acting in accordance with Polish law and the EU directive
  • Improving the image and gaining the trust of recipients from younger generations who care about sustainable development
  • Agility: Positive impact on major local and global issues
  • Building a competitive advantage
  • Opportunity to acquire new business partners
  • Cost optimization