Education

We are committed to promoting education and the development of science, believing that this support will pay off with the development of society as a whole. The most important educational project and one of the pillars of the #ResponsibleBanking strategy is a global initiative of the Santander Group - the project called Santander Universidades.

Santander Universidades 2020 in numbers:

  • 1,000

    partnership agreements with universities and educational institutions in more than 22 countries

  • 59

    partnership agreements with higher education institutions in Poland

  • 3,283

    scholarships

  • 110 EUR m

    transferred to support higher education

  • 1,053 PLN m

    donated to universities for projects

  • 156,000

    scholarships for students and graduates to develop their skills, for placements and to support entrepreneurship (an increase of 56% compared to the previous year)

  • >10,000

    students, graduates, doctoral students and faculty staff registered on the Santander Grants platform

We believe that continuous education is fundamental for our current and future clients to have a good understanding of the world of finance and the causes and consequences of various decisions in this area. That is why we provide financial education programmes aimed at different age groups.

The number of people we have supported with our financial education activities in 2020 is:

  • 26 885

    persons

More information on financial education activities and projects is available on the website of the ”Finansiaki” project and in the 2020 ESG Report.

We also provide safety education. Our key safety education projects include:

Other safety promotion initiatives of the bank:

  • Safe Senior
  • How’s Your Driving

For more information on educational projects, see our 2020 ESG Report.

Employee volunteering

Employee volunteers have been implementing projects to support local communities for many years. Employee volunteering is coordinated by the Santander Bank Polska Foundation and is an important part of our bank’s social activity.

Santander Bank Polska Foundation

The Santander Bank Polska Foundation implements most of the bank’s social programmes and provides organisational and financial support for employee volunteering.

The most important projects carried out by the Foundation in 2020 include:

  • Scholarship programme
  • Grant programme ”Here I Live, Here I Make ECO Changes”.

Total amount allocated, by Santander Bank Polska and the Santander Bank Polska Foundation to social engagement activities in 2020: PLN 12,405,945.78

Read more about our projects in the 2020 ESG Report.

Cultural patronage and sports sponsorship

  • Santander OrchestraSantander Bank Polska’s original project aimed at the most talented young musicians, students and graduates of music schools, is designed to support their career development. In 2020, two music videos and an online concert were produced with the participation of the musicians.
  • Santander Orchestra Academyis first and foremost an educational project, which is why we offered participants theoretical lectures on copyright law, financial management, body biomechanics, music psychology, image building and career.
  • UEFA Champions LeagueSponsorship of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) – the most prestigious club football competition in the world – is a strategic project of the Santander Group. In 2020, we continued our sponsorship activities and, as one of the sponsors, we were present in the media through the station broadcasting the UCL games in Poland, the miniseries ”Home Games” (promoting the idea of family football rooting) and UCL sponsorship billboards (accompanying sporting events, matches, trailers and the broadcast of the series).