Community programmes are largely implemented via Bank Millennium Foundation and focus on two areas:
a) Financial education
The proprietary Financial ABCs” kindergarten children education programme, which started in 2016, was prepared and is being implemented by Employees of Bank Millennium in cooperation with a non-governmental organisation. Its purpose is to explain to the children – through play and games – the meaning of basic financial terms. In total more than 1300 workshops were held in the programme to train almost 33,000 children from approx. 400 kindergartens all over Poland. The programme is carried out under the honorary sponsorship of the Minister of Education and the Children’s Ombudsman, which confirms its strong educational value.
b) Employee volunteering
The Foundation carries out its Millantrop programme, in which, by way of competition it awards grants to finance social activities undertaken by the Bank’s Employees. The programme is in place since 2016 and in total it has involved more than 440 volunteers (the Bank’s Employees, their families and friends) in 20 projects for schools, care centres, children and youth as well as environmental protection.
Sponsoring of culture
For 30 years now Bank Millennium has been supporting national and local cultural events. It is a sponsor of culture 360° – promoting art in almost all its forms, including: music, painting, sculpture, film, theatre, photography, literature and performance. For 17 years it was sponsoring the “Golden Sceptre” award for eminent artists; for 11 years a sponsor of “Pearl of Millennium” – a joint project of the Bank and TVP, which aimed to produce, promote and present high culture artistic events on TVP channels. For 16 years it has been sponsoring the International Festival of Traditional Jazz “Old Jazz Meeting – Złota Tarka”. Since 7 years together with “Sacrum Profanum” contemporary music festival and for more than 6 years with Bella Skyway Festival – a multimedia show prepared by an international group of artists. For 7 years it was involved with the “Two Theatres” Festival; for 5 years with Gdańsk Music Festival, it was also supporting the Mozart festival in Warsaw Chamber Opera and many others.
The most important cultural project currently supported by the Bank is Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival. It is the biggest world documentary film festival in Poland together with accompanying events (workshops, discussions and concerts). Bank Millennium has been a partner of Millennium Docs Against Gravity since 13 years. In 2016 it became the festival’s naming rights sponsor.
In its social activity Bank Millennium analyses trends concerning innovation in the market environment. Every year the Bank’s experts prepare the “Millennium Index – Regional Innovation Potential”, which describes disparities in development of innovation in Polish Voivodeships. As a strategic partner of the “Eagles of Innovation” competition it promotes development of innovation in Poland’s economy.
Supporting academic education
The Bank offers students and graduates the opportunity to develop their skills, interests and to gain first professional experience by means of offering a programme of “Millennium Bankers” paid internships, “Expert Start-up” development programmes as well as free training and workshops.
As a member of the WSE Partners Club the Bank makes a substantive and employer branding contribution to academic life. In 2018 the Bank opened the first academic co-working space in WSE, which allows an exchange of experience and supports development of entrepreneurship among students.
In 2018 the Bank was an “Artificial Intelligence” partner at the Science Festival in Warsaw. Almost 50,000 people attended more than 1000 lectures, debates, workshops and presentations, which took place during the festival in Warsaw’s universities.