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In 2017, our aim in the area of social engagement of employees was development of initiatives for financial education and entrepreneurship. We pursued it by way of various initiatives, together with our social partners and volunteers – our Bank employees.
Joanna Warmuz
Communications Expert

Cooperation with partners

In 2017, together with ING for Children Foundation we partnered in the Entrepreneurial Youth programme.

The programme is practical and innovative education which enables participants to use economic issues in concrete activities. As part of the project, students solve economy and entrepreneurship tasks on a dedicated online platform, after which they carry out their own project with the assistance of teachers and mentors. The programme helps them to understand, among others. how to manage their own funds, it teaches them how to save and shows selected banking services, etc.

Young people also learn to make own investments, dispose and manage limited finances and analyse risk. This translates into development of such skills as creativity, innovativeness, risk taking, planning and efficient delivery of projects.

The programme has been successfully run by the Center for Citizenship Education for 9 years; since mid-November 2017, ING has been engaged in it. ING for Children Foundation is, as part of cooperation, inter alia, the author of the idea of the new programme concept and new educational forms as well as provides subject-related support. The Bank, in turn, furnishes knowledge, experience and financing. Marcin Giżycki, Vice-President of the Management Board of ING Bank Śląski S.A., has become the patron of the programme.

In 2017, 130 teams from 66 schools, that is 610 students in total, enrolled for the programme.

In 2017, thanks to our involvement in the programme, we supported volunteers and charges of the Noble Box Project in building their entrepreneurial spirit and developing the skills to have an impact on their own finance. The charges of the Noble Box Project were assisted by volunteers in building financial awareness. Apart from financial support, we helped to reach even a greater number of people with the information on the Noble Box Project. Therefore, we organised a joint action called “Happy Christmas. Because together”. It consisted in sending the Christmas cards prepared by the Bank and written at branches by our clients to the addresses they indicated. Clients visiting our branches could send for free through our agency greeting cards to their family and friends. Our Christmas action propagated not only sending wishes but also sharing noble ideas – we zoomed in on the Noble Box Project, talked about our multifaceted support, we also encouraged our clients to join in the initiative. On our ING Community portal, we posted an interview with the Reverend Jacek Stryczek promoting the Bank’s cooperation with the Noble Box Project and also a talk with Marcin Iwuć about the support for the Noble Box Project. Our clients decided to send through our agency 10,000 cards to the addresses in Poland and abroad.

In 2017, as the Social Investor, we continued our support for the Academy of the Future. The Academy, with mentors’ assistance, helps children to overcome school failures and be successful in life. The programme enables children who did not feel important so far to feel exceptional. The Academy of the Future has been created and is organised by the Spring Association. Over 2 thousand children participate in the Academy’s programme. We support 10 schools.

  • Katowice – Primary School No. 12, ul. Paderewskiego 46, Katowice,
  • Warsaw – Primary School No. 152, ul. Powstańców Wielkopolskich, Warsaw,
  • Wodzisław – Primary School No. 1, ul. Wałowa 5, Wodzisław Śląski,
  • Cracow – Primary School No. 26, ul. Krasickiego 34, Kraków Podgórze,
  • Bydgoszcz – Primary School No. 37, ul. Gdańska 122, Bydgoszcz,
  • Łódź – Primary School No. 35, ul. Tybury 4, Łódź Żubardź,
  • Poznań – Primary School No. 11, Osiedle Wichrowe Wzgórze 119, Poznań,
  • Wrocław – Primary School No. 47, ul. Januszowicka 35, Wrocław Park Południowy,
  • Rzeszów – Primary School No. 3, ul. Hoffmanowej 11, Rzeszów,
  • Lublin – Primary School No. 51, ul. Bursztynowa 22, Lublin.

Since 2015, the Bank has been part of the BAKCYL project – a joint project of the banking sector organised by the Warsaw Institute of Banking to support finance education of teenagers from junior high schools.

In the project, Bank employees volunteer to teach finance at schools (junior high schools) within the cycle of 4 themes: Your money, Put your mind into borrowing, Wise investment, Lifelong finances. In grades from 6 to 8 (the cycle of 3 themes): Your money, From saving to investing and Rules of safe borrowing.

Among the most active Bank volunteers who conducted over 20 lessons were: Agnieszka Kamińska-Lis, Andrzej Żbikowski and Jarosław Głogowski.

 

BAKCYL project roundup

2017 2016
Number of volunteers 62 43
Number of lessons 313 60
Provinces All Poland – three provinces
with the biggest number of lessons conducted are: Mazovia (542 lessons), Silesia (253 lessons) and Pomerania (198)
Silesia, Łódź, Mazovia, Pomerania

In 2017, together with ING for Children Foundation we partnered in the Entrepreneurial Youth programme.

The programme is practical and innovative education which enables participants to use economic issues in concrete activities. As part of the project, students solve economy and entrepreneurship tasks on a dedicated online platform, after which they carry out their own project with the assistance of teachers and mentors. The programme helps them to understand, among others. how to manage their own funds, it teaches them how to save and shows selected banking services, etc.

Young people also learn to make own investments, dispose and manage limited finances and analyse risk. This translates into development of such skills as creativity, innovativeness, risk taking, planning and efficient delivery of projects.

The programme has been successfully run by the Center for Citizenship Education for 9 years; since mid-November 2017, ING has been engaged in it. ING for Children Foundation is, as part of cooperation, inter alia, the author of the idea of the new programme concept and new educational forms as well as provides subject-related support. The Bank, in turn, furnishes knowledge, experience and financing. Marcin Giżycki, Vice-President of the Management Board of ING Bank Śląski S.A., has become the patron of the programme.

In 2017, 130 teams from 66 schools, that is 610 students in total, enrolled for the programme.

In 2017, thanks to our involvement in the programme, we supported volunteers and charges of the Noble Box Project in building their entrepreneurial spirit and developing the skills to have an impact on their own finance. The charges of the Noble Box Project were assisted by volunteers in building financial awareness. Apart from financial support, we helped to reach even a greater number of people with the information on the Noble Box Project. Therefore, we organised a joint action called “Happy Christmas. Because together”. It consisted in sending the Christmas cards prepared by the Bank and written at branches by our clients to the addresses they indicated. Clients visiting our branches could send for free through our agency greeting cards to their family and friends. Our Christmas action propagated not only sending wishes but also sharing noble ideas – we zoomed in on the Noble Box Project, talked about our multifaceted support, we also encouraged our clients to join in the initiative. On our ING Community portal, we posted an interview with the Reverend Jacek Stryczek promoting the Bank’s cooperation with the Noble Box Project and also a talk with Marcin Iwuć about the support for the Noble Box Project. Our clients decided to send through our agency 10,000 cards to the addresses in Poland and abroad.

In 2017, as the Social Investor, we continued our support for the Academy of the Future. The Academy, with mentors’ assistance, helps children to overcome school failures and be successful in life. The programme enables children who did not feel important so far to feel exceptional. The Academy of the Future has been created and is organised by the Spring Association. Over 2 thousand children participate in the Academy’s programme. We support 10 schools.

  • Katowice – Primary School No. 12, ul. Paderewskiego 46, Katowice,
  • Warsaw – Primary School No. 152, ul. Powstańców Wielkopolskich, Warsaw,
  • Wodzisław – Primary School No. 1, ul. Wałowa 5, Wodzisław Śląski,
  • Cracow – Primary School No. 26, ul. Krasickiego 34, Kraków Podgórze,
  • Bydgoszcz – Primary School No. 37, ul. Gdańska 122, Bydgoszcz,
  • Łódź – Primary School No. 35, ul. Tybury 4, Łódź Żubardź,
  • Poznań – Primary School No. 11, Osiedle Wichrowe Wzgórze 119, Poznań,
  • Wrocław – Primary School No. 47, ul. Januszowicka 35, Wrocław Park Południowy,
  • Rzeszów – Primary School No. 3, ul. Hoffmanowej 11, Rzeszów,
  • Lublin – Primary School No. 51, ul. Bursztynowa 22, Lublin.

Since 2015, the Bank has been part of the BAKCYL project – a joint project of the banking sector organised by the Warsaw Institute of Banking to support finance education of teenagers from junior high schools.

In the project, Bank employees volunteer to teach finance at schools (junior high schools) within the cycle of 4 themes: Your money, Put your mind into borrowing, Wise investment, Lifelong finances. In grades from 6 to 8 (the cycle of 3 themes): Your money, From saving to investing and Rules of safe borrowing.

Among the most active Bank volunteers who conducted over 20 lessons were: Agnieszka Kamińska-Lis, Andrzej Żbikowski and Jarosław Głogowski.

 

BAKCYL project roundup

2017 2016
Number of volunteers 62 43
Number of lessons 313 60
Provinces All Poland – three provinces
with the biggest number of lessons conducted are: Mazovia (542 lessons), Silesia (253 lessons) and Pomerania (198)
Silesia, Łódź, Mazovia, Pomerania

ING Voluntary Services Programme

As part of our ING Voluntary Services Programme, we encourage employees to show activeness in the fields of financial education, entrepreneurship and local community. The formula of the voluntary services programme is open and anybody can get involved the way they like. Our Bank ensures for every employee the option of devoting 8 hours of work per year to voluntary activities. The Bank volunteers closely cooperate with ING for Children Foundation.

Number of our volunteers:

1,400
in 2017
1,440
in 2016

Since 2006, employees have been taking part in the Good Idea voluntary competition. They can win there the subsidies for a voluntary project from ING for Children Foundation. In 2017, we encouraged our employees to take up initiatives in financial education for children and youth. The projects submitted were of long-term nature and covered education, renovation or providing equipment for hospitals, schools, kindergartens and community youth centres.

In 2017, more than 100 people, new volunteers and experienced ING Voluntary Services Programme leaders, took part in the training courses of ING for Children Foundation held in Wisła, Warsaw
and Katowice. The purpose of the training courses was to provide volunteers with substantive and organisational support. The training courses covered, inter alia, cooperation with a social partner, social project management, diverse forms of both entrepreneurship and financial education.

 

Voluntary activities roundup

Year Good Idea
– the number of initiatives
Ad hoc initiatives
– the number of initiatives
Total number of employees
– volunteers over the year
Number of volunteered hours
2016 68 10 1,440 4,214
2017 68 11 1,400 4,929

 

Following the long-standing tradition of social initiatives, employees engaged in charity collections for children. An Orange Schoolbag collection of school supplies was organised in September, while in December the employees prepared Christmas gifts in the Santa’s Helpers initiative.

Traditional blood donation drives were held in spring and autumn of 2017. 56 Bank employees attended 4 such drives, donating 26 litres of blood in total.

ING for Children Foundation

ING for Children Foundation pursues the social mission of ING by supporting development, education and self-reliance of children and youth. ING for Children Foundation is one of the oldest corporate foundations in Poland. The foundation strives after providing equal chances to young people whose adult life initiation is difficult for various reasons.

In 2017, the Foundation launched its website (www.ingdzieciom.pl) with the ING volunteer zone where volunteers may find many practical facts and inspirations.

In 2017, as part of supporting the development and education of young people, the Foundation together with the Bank started cooperation with the Center for Citizenship Education within the Entrepreneurial Youth programme.

At its centre in Wisła, the Foundation has been welcoming children from all over Poland to the Smile Camps for 13 years now. In 2017, 22 Smile Camps took place – educational and rehabilitation camps, winter and summer camps for 1,076 people. In 2017, via the Foundation’s website, the centres and institutions interested could send in their entries for the Smile Camps competition. The website showed the details of the ongoing enrolment, general terms and conditions of the competition and list of required documents.

For a few years now, the Foundation has been running uninterruptedly the ING Internet Clubs programme. 30 internet clubs with free internet access operate all over Poland. Social objectives pursued by the internet clubs include, first and foremost, development of young information society, didactic assistance in performance of school and extracurricular tasks, propagating of internet usage as an alternative way to spend free time. In 2017, the Foundation conducted a survey of the clubs’ and children’s potential and needs. Based on the survey results, the Foundation will prepare a proposal of the clubs’ offer for the following years.

In 2017, ING for Children Foundation sent out 997 therapeutic books “Alien” to schools, libraries, child’s organisations and to the persons interested. Thanks to the Foundation, 2,000 new textbooks entitled “I have Asperger’s” reached students, teachers, parents and volunteers all over Poland.

Team of ING runners

A team of Bank employees participates each year in the “Run Warsaw” event – a 10 km run in
Warsaw. In 2017, a record number of over 1,000 Bank employees participated in the event – 803 runners and 266 walkers. For comparison, in 2016, 440 ING employees took part in the event.

It is already a tradition that the runners and walkers participating in the event are engaged in ING for Children Foundation’s activities. Thanks to ING employees’ participation in “Run Warsaw”, in 2017, the Foundation received PLN 93,600 from the Bank. The money, by way of the “Orange Power” competition, are transferred to the social organisations recommended by ING employees; the organisations drafted sports-and-educational projects for children.

 

Roundup of the activityof the ING runners team

Year Number of runners Funds for ING for Children Foundation Sports projects
2016 440 PLN 44,300 Active, healthy and sporty of the Foundation Ray of Joy from Radomsko (Fundacja „Promień Radości”) which will earmark PLN 12,000 in 2017 for the series of sports activities for children.
A healthy mind in a healthy body of the Open Doors (Otwarte Drzwi) Association from Warsaw will receive PLN 12,000 for cooking workshops, trips and touristic and recreational activities.
Active spring and summer of the Children’s Friends Association (Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Dzieci) Regional Branch in Cieszyn will earmark PLN 9,770 for swimming lessons and competition.
Just dance! Of the St. Philip Neri from Ruda Śląska Association, which will use PLN 10,530 for dance workshops for children and their parents.
2017 803 runners

266 walkers

PLN 93,600 In 2017, the Foundation called a competition, Orange Power 2017, for the children and youth activating projects. The projects recommended by employees are submitted by social organisations. The projects are assessed by the competition committee and then – in the second stage – by ING employees. The winning projects will be implemented in 2018.

ING Polish Art Foundation

The ING Polish Art Foundation promotes Polish contemporary art. It builds its art collection and delivers artistic projects.

In 2017, the collection was expanded with 9 new works: Gizela Mickiewicz object “Ways back”, 2 pictures by Karolina Jabłońska (“Fighting girls” and “Eyes”), Katarzyna Przezwańska installation “Early Polishness”, 3 photographs by Joanna Piotrowska (no title), Joanna Piotrowska multimedia installation (no title (Clock)) and video by Agnieszka Polska “The New Sun”.

The Foundation began works on compiling the collection documents, including interviews with the artists whose works are part of the collection. Movie footage featuring interviews with: Elżbieta Jabłońska, Janek Simon, Zofia Kulik, Bownik, Jakub Woynarowski, Radek Szlaga, Karolina Jabłońska, Maciej Sieńczyk, Łukasz Surowiec and Andrzej Tobis, was made.

In 2017, the ING Polish Art Foundation in cooperation with the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Opole prepared the exhibition entitled “The Present?”. Several dozen of works from the Foundation’s collection were exhibited; they in many ways touched upon the differently perceived present moment. As part of the exhibition, a series of educational workshops for children and youth and guided curator tours were organised.

The ING Polish Art Foundation published a contemporary art book for children entitled “Snowman in the Fridge”. The book was composed of humorous stories about the adventures of two kids learning the works of eminent contemporary artists (and sometimes their own). A reader will find there the answers to such questions as: Can a picture or sculpture be made of garbage? What is a snowman doing in the fridge? Can an adhesive tape be a work of art? A brilliant and witty text by Łukasz Gorczyca, an art expert, is supplemented with excellent illustrations of Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz, a valued comic book writer. The publication was available for sale as of December 2017.

To promote the book, the Foundation organised a cycle of meetings and workshops in, inter alia, the National Museum in Warsaw, Zachęta – the National Art Gallery and in the Raster Gallery where Oskar Dawicki read out the fragments of the book.

In 2017, the Foundation continued a number of educational activities addressed to our Bank employees.

These were weekly collection tours as well as meetings with artists whose works are displayed in the Bank’s offices plus common visits to exhibitions and activities for children.

As part of the seventh edition of the Warsaw Gallery Weekend, the biggest cyclical review of modern art in Poland organised by private galleries, the Foundation granted two awards. An international jury, appointed especially for that event, selected an artist participating in the Warsaw Gallery Weekend, whose work was purchased for the Foundation’s collection. The winner was Katarzyna Przezwańska and her installation “Early Polishness”. An honourable mention being a cash award was granted to Diana Lelonek for the “Center for Living Things” project.

By doing so, the ING Polish Art Foundation decided not only to support the artists but also express its recognition for the galleries which co-work directly with artists and build their position in the world of art.

In 2017, the first edition of the educational programme Professional Artist was held. Professional Artist is a project addressed to the students of the final year of studies in artistic faculties, who after graduation want to function as artists in the art market. As part of our project, we conducted a cycle of daylong classes in cooperation with seven art universities in Poland. During the courses, young makers learnt how to organise their everyday work, present themselves to curators and gallery owners, how and where to arrange their first exhibitions, where to get insurance and how to take care of their rights. The lectures were run by experts: artists, curators, critics and gallery owners. In 2018, the Foundation continues the project.

In 2017, the collection was expanded with 9 new works: Gizela Mickiewicz object “Ways back”, 2 pictures by Karolina Jabłońska (“Fighting girls” and “Eyes”), Katarzyna Przezwańska installation “Early Polishness”, 3 photographs by Joanna Piotrowska (no title), Joanna Piotrowska multimedia installation (no title (Clock)) and video by Agnieszka Polska “The New Sun”.

The Foundation began works on compiling the collection documents, including interviews with the artists whose works are part of the collection. Movie footage featuring interviews with: Elżbieta Jabłońska, Janek Simon, Zofia Kulik, Bownik, Jakub Woynarowski, Radek Szlaga, Karolina Jabłońska, Maciej Sieńczyk, Łukasz Surowiec and Andrzej Tobis, was made.

In 2017, the ING Polish Art Foundation in cooperation with the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Opole prepared the exhibition entitled “The Present?”. Several dozen of works from the Foundation’s collection were exhibited; they in many ways touched upon the differently perceived present moment. As part of the exhibition, a series of educational workshops for children and youth and guided curator tours were organised.

The ING Polish Art Foundation published a contemporary art book for children entitled “Snowman in the Fridge”. The book was composed of humorous stories about the adventures of two kids learning the works of eminent contemporary artists (and sometimes their own). A reader will find there the answers to such questions as: Can a picture or sculpture be made of garbage? What is a snowman doing in the fridge? Can an adhesive tape be a work of art? A brilliant and witty text by Łukasz Gorczyca, an art expert, is supplemented with excellent illustrations of Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz, a valued comic book writer. The publication was available for sale as of December 2017.

To promote the book, the Foundation organised a cycle of meetings and workshops in, inter alia, the National Museum in Warsaw, Zachęta – the National Art Gallery and in the Raster Gallery where Oskar Dawicki read out the fragments of the book.

In 2017, the Foundation continued a number of educational activities addressed to our Bank employees.

These were weekly collection tours as well as meetings with artists whose works are displayed in the Bank’s offices plus common visits to exhibitions and activities for children.

As part of the seventh edition of the Warsaw Gallery Weekend, the biggest cyclical review of modern art in Poland organised by private galleries, the Foundation granted two awards. An international jury, appointed especially for that event, selected an artist participating in the Warsaw Gallery Weekend, whose work was purchased for the Foundation’s collection. The winner was Katarzyna Przezwańska and her installation “Early Polishness”. An honourable mention being a cash award was granted to Diana Lelonek for the “Center for Living Things” project.

By doing so, the ING Polish Art Foundation decided not only to support the artists but also express its recognition for the galleries which co-work directly with artists and build their position in the world of art.

In 2017, the first edition of the educational programme Professional Artist was held. Professional Artist is a project addressed to the students of the final year of studies in artistic faculties, who after graduation want to function as artists in the art market. As part of our project, we conducted a cycle of daylong classes in cooperation with seven art universities in Poland. During the courses, young makers learnt how to organise their everyday work, present themselves to curators and gallery owners, how and where to arrange their first exhibitions, where to get insurance and how to take care of their rights. The lectures were run by experts: artists, curators, critics and gallery owners. In 2018, the Foundation continues the project.

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