In this difficult time, we did not put aside our on-going investments in modern technological solutions. To the contrary, this work accelerated. We used our creative potential not only to simplify services at our Bank but also to ensure that they are safer. This past year saw the most dynamic digitalisation in our history.
The Bank is supporting the economy by financing strategic investments and corporate projects, as confirmed by last year’s activity in the Corporate and Institutional Banking Area. Financing the energy transition also has an important place. The value of the so-called ‘green loans’ issued by the Bank last year was at the level of PLN 1.0 billion. This was made possible by, among other things, our expanding relationship with the European Investment Bank.
Sensitivity to environmental problems and the corporate and social responsibility of Bank BNP Paribas showed through in the appointment in the autumn of last year of the Sustainability Council. Its members – representatives of the bank’s key areas – will oversee the achievement of objectives pertaining to care for the environment, social responsibility and corporate governance. Sustainability also entails the development of a diverse organisation that empowers its employees to develop their potential. This is the theme of the initiative “Women Changing BNP Paribas,” which was inaugurated by our female colleagues last year and is intended to support the development of women in business.
Our efforts last year are reflected in our financial results, which set us apart from the competition and validate the bank’s response to last year’s challenges. While we hope that this year will be better than the previous one, we can be certain that the world will not cease surprising us. With that said, our experience shows that we are ready to convert challenges into success.