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Nordkalk renovated a well in Zajączków

Izabela Ironmonger (info a nordkalk.com), 10 December 2020

From mid-October, the inhabitants of Zajączków, Poland, can use the renovated well, which supports local residents in accessing drinking water. The project was implemented by Nordkalk after it was submitted as part of the Social Dialogue Session.

"The work began in the summer. Firstly we coordinated appropriate permits and formal design issues, which are necessary when renovating a well. The epidemiological situation did not make it any easier", says Bartłomiej Nowak, Unit Manager at Nordkalk's Miedzianka Plant in Poland. -"Fortunately, the renovation was completed in mid-October and the well was handed over to the residents", he adds.

​The new well is one of the projects implemented by Nordkalk in cooperation with local governments and representatives of the inhabitants of villages which are close to the plant. The idea of renovation was put forward by Julian Walas, the councilor of the Piekoszów commune from the village of Zajączków.

The whole project is a part of Social Dialogue which was announced at the end of 2019. Nordkalk invited local representatives to join meetings called dialog sessions. The meaning is to develop local initiatives in which Nordkalk will participate, start communication between company and inhabitants to better understanding the different perspectives and finding solutions to sensitive issues.

The dialog sessions are conducted twice a year in accordance with a pre-defined, closed order. The first social dialogue session was designed to present the rules of dialogue and listen to the community's concerns. Subsequent sessions will cover the entire spectrum of dialogue. During the meeting, local representatives elect Dialogue Council which is responsible for choosing projects qualified for realisation, and for coordinating the work.

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Conditions that have to be met in order for Nordkalk to be involved in a local initiative:

  • It has to be important to the particular community, and there has to be a demonstrated public interest in its implementation
  • It needs to have long-term benefits for the community
  • It cannot be aimed at profit-making
  • It should concern at least one of the CSR areas of Nordkalk (sports, education, infrastructure, environmental protection, culture, social inclusion
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Before and after construction.

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The current Dialogue Council was established in January 2020.The Council is composed of three representatives proposed by the representatives of the villages - Zdzisław Kopacz, Julian Walas and Jolanta Koczywąs, and three Nordkalk representatives.


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