Sustainable Development Strategy

In 2021, the Management Board of JSW adopted the Sustainable Development Strategy of the JSW Group for the years 2021-2030 (Sustainable Development Strategy), aimed to strengthen the synergies between business goals and sustainable development goals, taking account of the social and environmental responsibility as the areas of key importance given the specificity of the Group’s business, in accordance with the PN-ISO 26000 standard.

One of the major tenets of the new Sustainable Development Strategy is to ensure the Group’s transition to a climate neutral economy. Hence, a stronger emphasis is put on reduction of the carbon footprint through methane capture or the possibility of production of hydrogen, among others. The Sustainable Development Strategy also puts emphasis on efforts diversifying the Group’s product offering, including by potentially innovative and advanced products which also fit the circular economy concept. With the Group’s ongoing transition, the demand for new skills will also change, which is why development of employee competences is another important element. The Sustainable Development Strategy also provides for continuation of the measures aimed at effective management in the area of environment, HR, OHS and mining damage.

The aim of the Sustainable Development Strategy is to support the objectives of the general strategy and fine-tune the approach presented therein, as is the case of other relevant functional strategies being part of the business strategy.

When developing the Sustainable Development Strategy for the years 2021-2030, a decision was made to keep the word RESPECT, of key importance to the previous Sustainable Development Strategy for the years 2017-2020, which captures the spirit of the Group’s governance approach to sustainable development issues.

Respect in the Group’s governance approach has a number of dimensions and constitutes a declaration of the company’s policy in individual dimensions of its impact:


We want to reduce our carbon footprint and strive towards climate neutrality; analyzing individual elements of the coal-coke production chain, identifying the elements which entail emissions and reducing them to the maximum extent, using the most modern available or emerging technologies (R&D&I). We want to strive towards energy self-sufficiency, relying on our own energy sources with a lower carbon footprint, using byproducts of our operations.


Limitation of the climate impact of the mining and coking operations


Through efficient acquisition and processing of the raw material we offer a broad range of products. We strive both towards full utilization of the natural resources we mine, but also the products accompanying them.


Winning of the raw material in a non-wasteful manner, i.e. ensuring maximum utilization of the deposit’s resources
Diversification of sources of revenue, including extension of the offering by innovative, highly specialist products and services

Sustainable water management and recovery of salt
Commercial utilization of mine waste (waste rock)


We strive to reduce our impact on the natural environment by limiting air and water emissions and eliminating the negative impact on biodiversity.


Reducing the emissions of contaminants into the air
Ensuring security of the natural environment in the immediate vicinity (biodiversity, local ecosystems)


We strive to reduce mining damage and nuisance, and support local communities, by engaging in social activities


Conflict-free presence in the local community


We are a stable and desired employer, invest in the development of our existing and prospective employees.


Building an organizational culture based on mutual respect for other human beings


We care for safe and hygienic working conditions for our employees and third party employees working for us.


Zero” fatalities
reducing the number of accidents at work (including accidents involving employees of external companies)


We care for corporate governance and transparency, we are open to dialogue and performance monitoring by the market environment; we counteract unethical behaviors and care for long-term relations with the customers.


JSW SA’s presence in WIG-ESG, the exchange index of socially responsible companies
Eliminating incidents of non-compliance
Building lasting customer relations

We assigned measures and expected values to each of the above criteria for 2021-2030, as well as lower-level objectives and actions.


In recent years, the Parent Company undertook a number of measures associated with sorting out, systematizing and formalizing activities associated with socially responsible management. In addition, measures were initiated which are of key importance to the business model in the context of the sustainable development concept. The first solutions associated with ethics management were adopted and annual employee satisfaction surveys were initiated. The Group has a compliance system in place. Also, ethical and environmental clauses have been introduced into framework agreements with suppliers and customers. Constructive dialogue with representatives of local communities has been restored. The Group has the JSW Foundation which conducts public and socially useful activities in mining municipalities to compensate for the nuisances associated with the Parent Company's operations.

In 2020 Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa has joined the Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a result JSW has joined the group of Polish companies and institutions which have signed an official declaration of commitment to attainment of UN’s global goals (so called the 2030 Agenda). In 2022, the Group was actively involved in the implementation of 5 goals of the 2030 Agenda:


SDG 1 – No poverty

We actively participate in the life of local communities in the areas of JSW’s operations. In addition to the activity of the JSW Foundation, we also conduct a number of our own projects addressed to communities, including children (JSW for Children, Knowledge Mine). We take special care of local orphanages.

SDG 4 – Quality education

We support education, especially classes with extended mining-related curriculum. We hold educational campaigns for children, we work together with universities to strengthen career development of students.

SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy

We develop RES-related projects. In 2022, photovoltaic panels with the total capacity of approximately 0.08 MWp were installed in Group companies. Currently, there are PV installations with the total capacity of ca. 0.86 MWp operating at the Group.

SDG 9 – Industry, innovation, infrastructure

We are undergoing a transition towards a climate neutral economy, becoming involved in R&D projects aimed at offering innovative products of future technologies.

SDG 13 - Climate action

For many years we have been striving to reduce methane emissions, using it economically along with a number of other by-products of mining and coking operations (e.g. coke oven gas). In 2022 the emission of methane into the atmosphere was reduced by approx. 90.9 million m3.

We have carried out, at an unprecedented scale, mine water desalination, as a result of which we obtain pure salt and reduce the burden on the rivers.

Read more here about social responsibility activities.

The position of JSW and the overall Group entails a major ethical obligation. This in particular results from the obligation of shaping responsible and ethical patterns of conduct in internal relations and in relations to which Group companies are parties. The Sustainability Strategy strongly emphasizes respect and credibility building in the various dimensions of the operations.

It focuses on openness and transparency, because only through cooperation with the environment will it be possible to develop the operations for the benefit of both shareholders and the environment.