Corporate social responsibility of ATM S.A.
In addition to the consistent fulfilment of the formal and legal requirements arising from the nature and characteristic activities of the company, the operation of ATM S.A. as a listed company and one of the leading data centre operators in Central and Eastern Europe is inextricably linked with the elements of corporate social responsibility described below.
1. Implementation of the strategy and creation of the company’s value
ATM S.A. has been present on the market for over 20 years and has completed many pioneering and challenging ICT projects that have helped it to gain its market position and competitive advantage. By investing consistently in the development of its key operating assets, ATM has been successfully attaining its strategic and financial goals, taking into account the value of the company for its shareholders and potential investors. As a joint-stock company, ATM is a transparent enterprise that respects the principles and good practices associated with corporate governance and makes timely and accurate disclosures regarding its activities and financial results, in conformity with the requirements of regulatory bodies. This area of social responsibility also entails examining the consequences of decisions made in the organisation and taking responsibility for the actions carried out by the internal electronic systems.
2. Fair market practices
Its leadership position in the Polish market of colocation services obligates ATM to operate in an open and fair manner and in conformity with the provisions of the competition law. ATM generates profits by selling its services at fair prices, without resorting to dumping and price-fixing. By conducting transparent promotional and marketing activities, the company communicates its competitive advantages and legally obtains data on the market and the competition. The customers of ATM’s services have full access to commercial and technical information and as well as to instructions and regulations associated with the products and services offered by ATM S.A.
3. Relationships with customers and business partners
Every client is important to ATM, treated equally and with due respect. ATM’s employees are oriented towards efficient and effective communication with their customers, as they know that this is the only way to get to know and understand their customers’ needs. Honest service, a flexible approach to customer requirements and attention to maintaining good relationships with customers are among the priorities of the company. The company provides services that help its customers achieve their business goals. Measuring and improving customer satisfaction with the services and products offered by the company are included into ATM’s ISO procedures.
The vendors and manufacturers of the best equipment available on the market are the foundation on which we develop competitive services. The company uses proven solutions which are renowned for their reliability. ATM does not favour any particular vendor or manufacturer, choosing hardware and systems solely on the basis of opinions on the quality of products and taking into account their impact on the environment.
4. Work ethic and organisational culture
The principles of respect for the dignity of our co-workers and of fair and lawful conduct towards them are an inherent part of ATM’s code of values and conduct. The Company does not employ minors, provides employees with safe and healthy working conditions and observes the provisions of occupational safety and health regulations. ATM does not condone compulsory labour, physical or mental coercion or other forms of coercion or pressure in relation to our employees. Every employee has access to social facilities and dining rooms which are maintained at a high standard. The Company recognises the right of its employees to form associations. The electronic time and attendance system implemented in the company is helpful in observing regulations relating to working time and enables employees to take advantage of breaks to which they are entitled.
5. Equal opportunities
ATM S.A. is open to hiring people of different nationalities and does not tolerate any signs of discrimination in terms of gender, race, religion, belief, or physical ability. Our employees trust and treat each other with respect. The company hires and promotes employees on the sole basis of their skills, achievements and qualifications, and employees are encouraged to take every opportunity to develop their own career paths.
6. Building employee commitment and loyalty and attracting new talents
Employees are one of the elements that are crucial for the smooth functioning of an organisation, as they affect the value of the company and the chances of its development. ATM’s goal is to build an organisation marked by a high level of technological competence, whose key component is its engineering staff which ensures that the company’s development is consistent with global trends, as well as to maintain a leading position in the Polish market of data centres. Through a number of internal activities addressed to its employees and suppliers, ATM strives to develop an organisation with a coherent organisational culture based on the company’s corporate values. One of the most important provisions of this policy is to manage and share knowledge and experience and to enhance the organisation’s current processes with the participation of both managers of individual business units and ordinary employees of ATM. In addition, the company has been hiring interns recruited from among the students of various technical universities across Poland, enabling them to gain direct access to advanced information and communication technologies and to participate in the implementation of interesting technology projects.
7. Caring for the environment
As a provider of telecommunications services, ATM S.A. endeavours to fulfill its environmental obligations in its own data centers and to ensure that the company’s quality standards provide a benchmark for others. Bearing in mind that the impact of a data centre operator on the environment is primarily associated with the use of electricity in server facilities, ATM S.A. is taking action aimed at reducing energy consumption. Therefore, wherever possible, ATM applies technologies that significantly increase the efficiency of data centres in terms of electricity and cooling:
- Taking advantage of the natural conditions of the external environment
In its air conditioning systems, ATM uses free cooling technologies that allow data centres to be cooled by cold external air. This reduces the company’s dependence on energy-intensive cooling systems.
- Optimising the use of refrigerant
In its facilities, ATM uses solutions that ensure optimal utilisation of the air that cools server rooms. Such solutions increase the efficiency of cooling systems and reduce energy consumption.
- Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
ATM relies on effectiveness indicators, such as PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness), that are standard in the data centre market, to be able to compare its performance against the highest global standards and continuously improve its effectiveness by optimising its activities and modernising its infrastructure.
8. Social commitment
One of the significant areas to which the company pays special attention is that of social activities. These cover both charity campaigns and sponsorship activity.
- Combating malnutrition among children and adolescents
Malnutrition adversely affects the mental and physical development of children as well as their ability to learn. It also contributes to their isolation from society. The scale of the problem of malnutrition among children and adolescents in our country is massive, therefore, since 2003, ATM S.A. has been regularly providing financial support to the “Pożywienie – Darem Serca” [“Food – a Gift of the Heart”] Foundation, to help it with its noble cause. Together, we provide relief which is addressed mainly to children who are not covered by any assistance programmes and cannot benefit from state-funded free meals. These are usually children and young people from dysfunctional and pathological families, families with many children or broken families. Such children are often found in community centres, instruction and education centres and special schools.
- Supporting children’s homes
Children who are properly cared for can fully develop their skills. ATM’s participation in the annual “Uwierz w Świętego Mikołaja” [“Believe in Santa Claus”] campaign organised by the UNICEF and the Warsaw Stock Exchange is an expression of our commitment to helping children from children’s homes. We believe that a gift from Santa can help them recapture the joy of Christmas, which, being a family holiday, is a very difficult time for such children.
- Chess — intelligent rivalry
Unlike other companies in the ICT sector, ATM S.A. has not promoted any typical sports disciplines as yet, however, we are glad to lend support to one very noble discipline, i.e. chess. In 2006 we became the technological partner of Fundacja Szachowa [The Chess Foundation] (formerly: Fundacja na Rzecz Wspierania Szachów w Warszawie [Foundation for the Development of Chess in Warsaw]). The discipline is still as popular as ever and is enjoyed by representatives of various circles and market sectors — and also by children and adolescents. With ATM’s help, the Foundation is able to promote its activities on the Internet, where everyone can follow the most important chess tournaments in Poland and abroad.
- Supporting the education of local communities
ATM S.A., which can boast some pioneering ICT achievements in the Polish market, has been actively participating in social initiatives aimed at promoting the use of innovative technologies in education, to enable young pupils and students across the country to take advantage of the latest IT solutions. In 2008, the company became involved in the implementation of modern IT technologies in schools in Warsaw’s district of Praga. One of the beneficiaries of the project is the Zbigniew Herbert XCIX Secondary School in Warsaw. The aim of the project was to implement a platform enabling optimal use of the Internet for educational purposes, and also to connect the school to the ATMAN network and adapt classrooms for the purposes of didactic activities.
- Contribution to the development of engineering knowledge in the field of computer technology
ATM S.A. has long-standing experience in business dealings with the education sector and many of the company’s senior executives come from an academic background. Also, the company’s first integration projects in the field of development of telecommunication networks and supply of supercomputers were implemented in the academic sector. In order to increase its contribution to the growth of Polish science and to promote its achievements in the world, the company has decided to sponsor the most talented Polish software developers. In 2005–2010, we supported a team of students from the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics at the University of Warsaw, which year after year occupied leading positions in the most important programming competitions in the world, such as Top Coder and ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest). As part of these activities, ATM S.A. also funded three annual scholarships for members of the team representing the University of Warsaw at the ICPC championship.
Contact details of the person coordinating the CSR area:
Tel: +48 22 51 56 366
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