CRH’s JSC “Podilsky Cement” in All-Ukrainian Integrity Network

CRH Ukraine’s JSC “Podilsky Cement” has joined the All-Ukrainian Integrity Network thus reaffirming its commitment to high standards of business ethics and integrity.

The All-Ukrainian Integrity and Compliance Network as a new initiative for businesses that strive to operate transparently was started by the Business Ombudsman Council with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The goal of the Network is to promote the idea of ethical and responsible business. The participating companies are committed to maintaining a good business reputation and improving the standards of integrity.

On this occasion, on May 19, 2017 in Kyiv, the representatives of our Company Svyatoslav Kozlenko, Chairman of the Board of JSC “Podilsky Cement”, Iryna Schatzmann, Compliance Manager CRH Ukraine, and Iryna Pavlenko, Lawyer for LLC “Cement”, along with other 45 Ukrainian and international companies, took part in the signing of the Declaration on Integrity in Business Conduct. Among the companies signing the Declaration were such well-known ones as LafargeHolcim, Ukrsibbank, Nova Poshta, Sanofi and others.

From now on, the network members will work together to assess corruption risks so as to implement compliance programmes in their organisations, involve business representatives to discuss the principles of integrity, stimulate interest in transparent business among the market players.

Algirdas Šemeta, Business Ombudsman, who initiated the creation of the network, says that by mid-autumn its participants plan to work out a model to confirm and verify the performance of their commitments undertaken within this initiative. He also adds that there are a lot of such models: from a public self-assessment of the company itself to compliance with ISO 37001, which defines the requirements for anti-bribery management systems.


The Business Ombudsman Council is an independent standing advisory body of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (Decree No. 691 of November 26, 2014 and the Memorandum of Understanding for the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Initiative dd. May 12, 2014), established in order to create transparent working conditions for the public and local authorities, state-owned or state-controlled companies, as well as to prevent corruption.

The Business Ombudsman Council is funded through the EBRD multi-donor account opened in 2014 to create favourable business conditions for Ukrainian entrepreneurs. The donors are: United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, USA, Finland, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and the European Union.

The Council was set up following a joint agreement by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Business Association, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Employers of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.