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Fray International Sustainability Award


KGHM and Dr. Herbert Wirth, President and CEO

About KGHM:

KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. is currently the 1st copper producer in Europe, the 9th global copper producer and the 3rd silver producer in the world. KGHM has been in copper ore mining since 1961 and has operations in Poland, but also conducts advanced exploration works in Germany and in Canada. It employs over 18.5 thousand people while the Group has over 28 thousand people. KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. owns shares in 28 entities, operating in various production and service-related areas.

W. Kedzia, Vice President, KGHM
Receiving the Fray International Sustainability Award
by Dr. Florian Kongoli

The electrolytic copper of KGHM is registered by the London Metal Exchange (LME) as Grade A", while its silver - in the form of bars - are registered under the KGHM HG brand, and hold a "Good Delivery" certificate, issued by the London Bullion Market Association (in 1995) and by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (in 2006). Other products of KGHM include gold, lead, sulphuric acid and rock salt.

KGHM is one of the largest Polish exporters, the largest employer in Lower Silesia, and a significant part of the WIG20 index - winner of a prestigious statuette for achievements in 2005. The Company was awarded the Bull and Bear prize by the Market Paper "Parkiet" in the category of best investment in a WIG20 company and the Pearl of the Polish Market prize in the raw materials and energy sector.

The Company generates enormous profits, and holds a strategic interest for the Polish economy. The year 2010 saw results in the production of electrolytic copper - 547 100 t - and of metallic silver - 1 161t, and above all a record profit - nearly PLN 2.5 billion and a future promising steady growth and an increase in the value of the Company.

Major Sustainability Achievements:

100,000: Population of the Copper Belt related with KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.
800 Million USD: Total expenditure incurred by KGHM on environmental investments over the last 15 years.
26 million USD: Amount invested in 2010 on environmental protection.
16 million USD: Amount invested in previous years on environmental protection.
23 Million USD: Amount donated by the Polish Copper Foundation in the years 2003 - 2011.
39.3 million USD: Amount spent on sport (2003 - June 2011)
3.6 million USD: Amount spent on culture (2003 - June 2011)
6 million USD: Amount spent on health (2003 - June 2011)
28 700 : Number of employees tyat participated in various types of training in 2010 40% Share of tax revenues paid by KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. to the budget of Lower Silesia District.


KGHM has been awarded, among others, the following awards:

  • "Leader of Polish Energy" (2001)
  • "Environment Friendly Company (2002)
  • "Eco-laurel" (2003)
  • "Green Apple Awards"- the award given in Great Britain (2003).
  • Gold Card Employment Leader

About Dr. Herbert Wirth, KGHM President and CEO

Date of birth 03.12.1956
Place of birth: Zarów, Poland
Civil Status: Married, two children
Education:Ph.D. (Science) AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow M.A. (Science) AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow
Nationality: Poland
Languages: Polish, German, English

President of the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.

Education and professional qualifications:

  • higher - AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Department of Geology and Exploration, specialty: geology of ore deposits and mathematical geology (1981);
  • doctor's degree studies at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków - doctor's degree in science;
  • Post-Graduate Studies - Management in market economy at the University of Wroclaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, Environmental Protection Law at the University of Wroclaw, Department of Law and Administration and Project Management in accordance with the Project Management Institute (PMI) at George Washington University.


    • Central Geological Office with respect to the conduct of geological work on permanent mineral deposits;
    • Minister of Enviromental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry with respect to water management;
    • Expert with respect to the preparation of forecasts of the impact of town planning assumptions on the natural environment (WD - 051);
    • Expert with respect to the preparation of environmental impact studies ( WD - 090);
    • Chief management system auditor in accordance with ISO 9000, 14 000, 18000 and OHSAS.

    Positions held and professional career:

    17.03.2006 - 23.04.2008: KGHM CUPRUM CBR Sp. z o.o., Vice President of the Management Board;
    10.01.2002-17.03.2006: Head Office of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., Director for New Business Development and Project Management;
    01.04.1998-10.01.2002: Centrum Badawczo-Projektowe Miedzi "CUPRUM" sp. z o.o., Manager of Geological Studies and Analysis Division;
    01.05.1993-30.11.1998: proGEO Sp. z o.o in Wroclaw, manager and consultant;
    01.07.1992-30.04.1993: G.E.O.S. GmbH Freiberg (Germany), apprenticeship in environmental geology, environmental protection and economy;
    01.10.1990-31.08.1992: Primary School no. 37 in Wroclaw, mathematics and German teacher;
    1981-30.04.1991: Przedsiebiorstwo Geologiczne in Wroclaw, team member and geologist and deputy section manager.

    Press Releases:

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