The idea of the "Business Fair Play" program is of long-standing tradition. The program was established in response to the competition announced in 1997 by the Polish Foundation for Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion and Development (currently: Polish Agency for Enterprise Development - PARP) for projects concerning business culture promotion in Poland.
The project entitled "Business Ethics and Culture in Small and Medium-Size Enterprises", submitted by the Institute for Private Enterprise and Democracy and by the Polish Chamber of Commerce, won that competition and was financed by the European Union.
As a result of work conducted by the Institute in the years 1997-1999, a paper was prepared, entitled Principles of the business ethical responsibility" containing among other things case studies illustrating difficult from the ethical point of view situations encountered by entrepreneurs in the course of their work, a code of ethics was developed, and the "Business Fair Play" program was established.
Its first edition was conducted in 1998 and was addressed to SMEs; starting from its second edition in 1999 the "Business Fair Play" program adopted a formula open to all enterprises, regardless of the number of personnel employed.