Integrated Report 2020

Social responsibility

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. is a socially responsible company, committed to the development of its environment and actively supporting positive social change.

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Our initiatives focus on areas where we can contribute to substantial positive change. The Bank’s social responsibility includes increasing the availability of products and services, openness to Customers’ needs and initiatives which benefit local communities. The aforementioned activities are carried out as part of the Bank’s CSR and Sustainability Strategy.

Commitments of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. under social responsibility – one of the four pillars of the CSR and Sustainability Strategy

  • Wider access to products and services.
  • Counteracting social exclusion and supporting human rights.
  • Philanthropy focused on the arts, social solidarity and the natural environment.

The Bank’s social involvement projects are implemented by the CSR and Sustainability Bureau in cooperation with the BNP Paribas Foundation.

The BNP Paribas Foundation focuses on three key areas:

Activities in the field of education – levelling educational opportunities in groups threatened by social exclusion, e.g. through long-term scholarship programmes, e.g. scholarship programme „Class”.

Social solidarity activities – support for young refugees, partnerships with NGOs, or promotion and strengthening of employee volunteering at the Bank.

Initiatives to make culture and the arts more accessible – including “Meetings with music” as part of a long-standing partnership with the National Philharmonic.

The Bank’s social responsibility initiatives are carried out in partnership with third sector organisations (through numerous educational and communication programs) and are possible owing to the extraordinary commitment of our employees. A volunteering program has been active at the Bank since 2011; its motto is: „You can count on me”.

Our initiatives in the field of social responsibility support the UN’S Sustainable Development Goals. We ccounteract social exclusion as well as provide support for education and culture, especially in small communities.

The Bank’s Sustainable Development Goals in the field of economic responsibility

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22,507

hours devoted
to social responsibility
initiatives by
our employees 

 

3,509

employees involved
in social responsibility
projects 

 

124

“Noble Gift” team leaders 

 

2,470

employees took part in the
“Noble Gift" campaign 

 

130

Local Bank Ambassadors 

 

36

projects complete
with grants awarded
in the Bank's Competition
for Social Projects 

 

97

volunteers of the BAKCYL program (“Bankers for the Financial education of Youth”) 

 

348

employees involved in the “Good Kliometers” initiative 

over 

200

employees donated within the individual philanthropy project “I support all year-long” 

Volunteering and Social Commitment

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“You can count on me” is the motto of a social involvement initiative at the Bank. True to its name, the project, which has been launched in 2011, encourages employees to engage in social initiatives and support local communities. They cooperate with social organisations and launch their own initiatives. Each employee is entitled to 2 additional days-off per year for volunteering. The project participants can choose between individual volunteer initiatives and team projects. The program is coordinated by the BNP Paribas Foundation.

Our efforts are part of an international initiative of the BNP Paribas Group #1MillionHours2Help. The goal for the BNP Paribas Group worldwide was to devote one million hours to voluntary work in 2020. Due to the pandemic, the initiative was prolonged to include 2021.

Find out more about our volunteering projects by visiting THIS site.

Competition for Social Projects

For the past eight years, our employees have been cooperating with NGOs and submitting ideas for voluntary activities which support local communities. The „Competition for Social Projects” (a national grant Competition for Bank employees) provides encouragement for volunteer teamwork.

The projects are wide-ranging, depending on the needs of the local community and the interests of employees. The main areas of involvement include counteracting social exclusion and protecting the natural environment. The winners of the competition receive funds for the implementation of their ideas and expert support from the BNP Paribas Foundation.

In 2020, 36 projects were implemented and the grants amounted to PLN 133 thousand. As part of the competition, the Bank’s employees cooperated with the “Work Mum” Foundation to organise a series of webinars for mothers returning to the labour market after maternity leave. Cooperation with the Sant’Egidio Polska Foundation, on the other hand, resulted in a series of educational meetings devoted to the integration of Roma youth in Poznań

The Competition has had 8 editions, 194 projects which benefited local communities have been carried out and our employees devoted 7,483 hours to volunteer work for 24,000 beneficiaries.

 

36

projects completed in 2020 

 

133 PLN K

support for volunteer projects in 2020 

 

24 K

beneficiaries in 8 editions of the program 

 

1,392 hours

of volunteer work resulting from the “Competition for Social Projects” in 2020 

BAKCYL – Bankers for the Financial Education of Youth

Financial education from an early age is the cornerstone of well-planned and safe financial decisions in adulthood. The Bank’s employees have therefore been visiting primary and secondary schools for the past seven years to provide youth with banking knowledge and experience. The project is a part of the BAKCYL program – Bankers for the Financial Education of Youth, which is coordinated by the Warsaw Banking Institute. BAKCYL is a branch of one of the largest non-commercial educational programs in the European financial sector, “Bankers for Education”, which brings together 170 Banks. The aim is to provide the young generation with practical knowledge in the field of finance. Bank employees volunteer to conduct lessons and share their financial knowledge and experience.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, hybrid lessons were introduced (remote teachers, students in the classroom) and were later replaced by fully online learning. In addition, Bank employees carried out their own, individual initiatives, such as webinars on Children’s Day and online summer workshops devoted to basic legal issues as part of the #BAKCYL entrepreneurship initiative – “Holidays 2020”.

In 2020, the input of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. volunteers was recognised during the 4th Congress of Financial Education, organised by the Warsaw Banking Institute. Seven of our employees received awards for the most active volunteers of the BAKCYL program. 

The Bank has participated in the BAKCYL program since its outset, i.e. since 2013, and is actively involved in educating youth. Initiatives related to the program are coordinated by the BNP Paribas Foundation. Additionally, employees are eager to volunteer and devote their time to the Bank’s pioneer program, launched in 2020 and entitled “Mission: Education” The program introduces children and adolescents – but also adults and seniors – to knowledge about money, savings and expense planning. More information about “Mission: Education” is included in further sections of the present chapter.

 

97

employees involved in the BAKCYL program 

 

143

lessons carried out
(including 80 online lessons)
 

 

7

employee-volunteers distinguished for active support of the BAKCYL program 

Strategic partnership with “Noble Gift”

The Bank’s employees have been supporting the “Noble Gift” campaign for many years. The constantly growing number of volunteers among us was an impulse to cooperate on a larger scale. Since 2018, the Bank has been a strategic partner of “Noble Gift”. The official partnership and the nationwide nature of the project allow us to effectively utilise the volunteering potential among our employees. The packages prepared by volunteers respond to the very specific needs of beneficiaries and embrace the idea of “wise aid”.

In 2020, the “Noble Gift” initiative proved especially valuable, due to the ongoing pandemic. The project was joined by 124 teams from various areas of the Bank and from various companies of the BNP Paribas Group: BNP Paribas Faktoring Sp. z o. o., BNP Paribas Securities Services SKA and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Sp. z o. o., BNP Real Estate Poland Sp. z o.o. Volunteers from the Alumni Association of the „Class” scholarship program also joined the efforts. All teams had additional financial support: each package received PLN 1,000 from the BNP Paribas Foundation. In addition, together with the WIOSNA Association, we organised webinars for leaders to help them assemble teams and prepare packages during a pandemic.

We also encouraged our Customers to join the campaign. They could choose to transfer a bonus for opening an account to the “Noble Gift”. The funds thus collected served to assemble packages from the Bank’s Customers which were delivered to those in need.

Additionally, within the mamBONUS loyalty program, the Bank’s Customers were able to exchange collected points for vouchers which supported the “Noble Gift”. The points were awarded automatically, for credit card payments in stores and online.

In 2020, 124 leaders with their teams prepared packages for 134 families. A total of 2,470 employees participated in preparing the packages.
Since the beginning of the partnership in 2018, the Bank has donated over PLN 3 million to “Noble Gift”.

We are glad that BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. has been a partner of the “Noble Gift” program for many years. This year, due to the pandemic, there was an even greater need for our aid. We received far more applications from the needy and lonely. Our cooperation with the Bank enabled us to provide substantial help to chosen families, but also to provide what is even more valuable than material support: care, interest and the hope for a better tomorrow in these difficult times. The commitment of the Bank's employees is extraordinary, they have been helping those who have run out of happiness in their lives for the past three years. BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. is the largest company among our partners.

Joanna Sadzik President and Managing Director of the WIOSNA Foundation, organizer of the “Noble Gift” campaign

 

124

“Noble Gift” leaders 

 

134

families in need received packages prepared by the Bank’s employees 

 

2,470

employees involved in the campaign in 2020 

over 

3 PLN million

support for the “Noble Gift” campaign since 2018 

Social campaigns addressed to employees

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“Good Kilometers”

Employees of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. can also get involved in social initiatives by being physically active. The “Good Kilometres” campaign is organized annually by the BNP Paribas Foundation. Employees have 30 days to cover as many kilometers as they can while cycling, running or practicing other long-distance sports. They track their activities on the Bank’s social and gamification platform. Each kilometer is converted into funds transferred to an NGO of the employee’s choosing.

This year’s edition will go down in history both due to the unusual circumstances of the pandemic and the record-breaking distance that the employees covered: over 70 thousand kilometres, which corresponds to c. 45 times the distance between Warsaw and Paris. As many as 348 employees took part in the September efforts. The result was achieved through 5,395 activities, such as running, cycling or walking a dog. The effect of our employees’ involvement was a donation of PLN 20 thousand to the “Herosi” Foundation, which helps children undergoing cancer treatment. In addition, the BNP Paribas Foundation donated PLN 5 thousand to three organisations selected by employees: “Rak’n’Roll” Foundation, “Zwalcz Nudę” Foundation and “SOS Wioski Dziecięce”.

 

348

employees took part in the campaign 

 

5,395

activities 

over 

70 PLN thous.

kilometers covered 

 

35 PLN thous.

support for NGOs chosen by our employees 

“Blood Donation Day”

Since 2011, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been organising the “Blood Donation Day” in cooperation with Regional Blood Donation Centres. Employees donate blood in mobile blood donation points. In 2020, over 100 employees from three locations (Warsaw Kasprzaka, Cracow Awatar and Ruda Śląska) took part in the campaign. 236 liters of blood have been collected since the beginning of the initiative!

 

3

locations with mobile blood donation centers in 2020 

 

100

employees involved 

 

236 liters

of blood donated since 2011 

Employee Philanthropy

Individual Philanthropy Program – “I support all year-long”

Our individual philanthropy program is based on a payroll mechanism and has been active since September 2017. Employees can decide to make monthly deductions from their salary and donate them to a selected cause. All Bank employees can participate in the program.

In 2020, our employees chose to support the “Alivia” Oncology Foundation and the „Class” scholarship program of the BNP Paribas Foundation. In 2021, the donations will support the “Active Against Depression” Association and the SYNAPSIS Foundation.

Voluntary salary deductions are a simple and convenient tool of individual philanthropy that enables employees to support important social goals and respond to the needs of NGOs (systematic and predictable financial support).

We are glad that the employees of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. chose the “Alivia” Oncology Foundation as recipients of the support extended through the "I support all year-long“ campaign. Regular financial support is very important for our organisation. It allows us to provide patients with constant and effective help. Our programs give cancer patients specific tools, knowledge and resources to find the most effective treatment. It is especially important during the epidemic, at a time when early cancer detection and treatment are particularly difficult.

Agata Polińska President of the “Alivia” Oncology Foundation

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