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What is compliance?

In the business context, compliance means a set of rules designed to ensure that operations comply with laws, in-house regulations and accepted standards of conduct.

Compliance policy in Poland

By following compliance regulations companies want to make sure they operate within laws and accepted standards to avoid financial losses or damage to reputation. Modern businesses need tools and procedures to prevent non-compliant behaviours. Such tools and procedures help to minimise the risk of running a business in a regulatory maze and the resulting obligations, and to exclude liability of individuals – management board members – for any conduct outside of laws or standards of conduct.

Be up-to-date

The articles in this section will tell you how to develop, implement and apply compliance procedures to ensure compliance with laws, in-house regulations and accepted standards of conduct. We also keep you informed about the Polish lawmakers' plans in this area.


Whistleblowers – the bill may become law as early as the first quarter of 2024 »

A new whistleblower protection bill intended to implement the Whistleblowing Directive (2019/1937) has appeared on the website of the Government Legislation Centre.


New obligations for digital platform operators »

A bill amending the Act on exchange of tax information with other states and certain other acts is currently at the consultation stage.


The Whistleblowers Bill - new amendments »

The Government Legislation Centre is still working on the whistleblower protection bill. They published yet another version of the bill on 1 August to introduce just a few changes compared to the previous versions.


German Whistleblower Act »

The German Whistleblower Act (das Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz), which transposes the EU directive into German law, entered into force on 2 July 2023.


New obligations for supply chain companies »

The EU legislator is placing increasing importance on all supply chain players adhering to due diligence standards. This applies to entities based both inside and outside the EU.


What is compliance and how to implement it? »

Compliance is a set of rules designed and implemented in the organisation to ensure that it operates in compliance with domestic and international laws and other standards of conduct.


Tax compliance – tax competence »

Frequent changes in law are one of the main reasons why companies decide to outsource their tax accounting and tax reporting.


Amendments to the Polish Code of Commercial Companies »

Significant amendments to the Code of Commercial Companies are underway. What is the draft amendment about and what are its main principles?


Disclosure of earnings vs. trade secret »

In the future, following the proposed European Union directive, earnings will be generally known to all employees, and the amount of remuneration will already be included in the job advertisement.


Fiscal Criminal Code – higher fines »

Taxpayers have been facing higher fines for fiscal crimes and misdemeanours since the beginning of 2021.


Database of products and packaging – deadlines »

Deadlines for the fulfilment of certain obligations related to the database of products, packaging and waste management (waste database – Polish abbreviation: BDO) expire in February and March.


Compliance management in competition law »

Compliance is a set of rules in place in an organisation to ensure that it operates in compliance with applicable laws and in-house standards, principles of good governance or intra-group procedures.


The deadline for listing in the Central Register of Beneficial Owners to expire soon »

The deadline for registration with the Central Register of Beneficial Owners (Polish: CRBR) expires on 13 July 2020. Enterprises are still in doubt as to their obligations related to the registration.


Compliance in numbers – overview of practices in Polish companies »

A compliance management system (CMS) or some parts of it are already in place in many Polish companies and more are considering the introduction or extension of the system.


Central Register of Beneficial Owners – new obligation for companies »

A Central Register of Beneficial Owners is going to be created on 13 October. It is expected to be a tool to review the ownership structure of companies in Poland.


AML Directive and the risk of money laundering »

The AML regulations so far have mainly targeted money laundering and terrorist financing in the financial sector.


Protection of whistleblowers – new directive, new obligations »

The European Parliament adopted a directive on the protection of whistleblowers on 16 April 2019. The new regulation is intended to provide protection to persons reporting on breaches.


Liability of collective entities – the bill »

At the beginning of January 2019, the Council of Ministers adopted a bill on liability of collective entities for punishable offences.


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