This book represents several years of fruitful collaboration between two institutions: Clark University and the Central Institute for Labor Protection in Warsaw. The vision and high scientific standards of the Institute’s Director, Professor Danuta Koradecka, and of the leader of the Polish team, Professor Roman Broszkiewicz, made this project possible and left their mark on the final product. Neither the case studies nor the survey work would have taken place without their leadership, guidance and hard work. They were our partners in designing and implementing the case studies and the survey, and showed an almost magic touch in their ability to open doors to corporate boardrooms, factory floors, corner offices in the Ministries and other leading institutions, as well as the workplaces of many dedicated members of the governmental administration with whom we had a good fortune to speak.
Many other individuals in Poland made invaluable contributions to collecting and interpreting the data for this research. Tomasz Żylicz and Stanisław Wajda of the Ministry of Environment, Andrzej Kassenberg of the Institute for Sustainable Development and, above all, Jerzy Jendrośka of the Environmental Law Center in Wroclaw helped us understand the environmental laws and institutions in Poland, and guided us in asking the right questions. Piotr Gliński of the National Academy of Sciences was the key source of our learning about environmental movements in Poland, past and present. Barbara Krzyśków, Sławomir Wroński and Ewa Suska of the Central Institute for Labor Protection taught us about the occupational protection system in Poland and competently responded to our seemingly endless requests for data, materials and contacts with key individuals to interview. We are immensely grateful to all