With respect to supporting local communities, the group:
- transferred monetary donations exceeding PLN 6 million in total to hospitals, including COVID-19-dedicated hospitals and laboratories, helping in the purchase of medical and protective equipment,
- transferred in-kind donations to hospitals, medical facilities, social assistance centres and orphanages throughout Poland, including, among other things, 360 thousand protective masks, almost 10 thousand articles of protective clothing, 142 vehicles for hospital purposes, the Main Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS) and the Territorial Defence Forces,
- based on an agreement concluded between the PKO Bank Polski Foundation and Warsaw Genomics, it purchased and commissioned the conduct of diagnostic tests for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, in addition the foundation made available its account number to the employers’ coalition and financed another pool of diagnostic tests from the funds collected from firms and individuals,
- started cooperation with government institutions, including:
- co-created the application system for the Anti-Crisis Shield,
- the bank’s employees supported helplines and development of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate’s systems and the Ministry of Development in respect of the Anti-Crisis Shield,
- National Cloud Operator (jointly controlled by PKO Bank Polski) prepared a solution which enables patients to use video consultations with medical personnel without leaving home,
- supported humanitarian aid convoys organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine (PKO Bank Polski Foundation),
- equipped its branches in personal protective equipment to protect employees and customers in the branches,
- started educating customers to encourage them to use remote channels,
- conducted an action “Donate plasma – help battle COVID-19” to encourage employees of PKO Bank Polski to donate their blood plasma.
The total value of the aid provided by PKO Bank Polski and its Polish subsidiaries exceeded PLN 23 million (net of the costs of purchasing protection materials for employees and customers). In addition, the bank’s company KREDOBANK supported Ukrainian citizens by transferring donations to Lviv Oblast hospitals for the purchase of medical and personal protection equipment.
PKO Bank Polski was awarded in the 4th edition of the Polish Radio Business Awards in the category “Polish Philanthropist” and in the Rzeczpospolita journal ranking “Firms most important for Poland” for fighting the COVID-19, saving the Polish economy and health services.