The Company is committed to maintaining an open dialogue and building the social capital in locations where it operates.
The twin priorities of PKN ORLEN's charitable giving policy are to improve the quality of life and health and promote education and youth development. The Company is the founder of a number of foundations, including the Museum of Oil and Gas Industry in Bóbrka Foundation, the Grant Fund for Płock Foundation, and the Growing Up Together Foundation. In 2001, we established the corporate foundation ORLEN – GIFT FROM THE HEART, providing support to foster family group homes and other foster care institutions. There are currently nearly 300 such institutions in Poland, with more than 2,200 children under their care. The Foundation helps to meet their needs for education, medical treatment, rehabilitation, accommodation and leisure. It also partners with PKN ORLEN in the 'On the Podium' scholarship programme associated with the ORLEN Warsaw Marathon, currently Poland's largest running event.
The Foundation runs various other scholarship programmes, including 'Full of Life' (for athletes with disabilities), 'Masters of Chemistry' (for junior high-school students gifted in science), and a programme for students in junior high schools and secondary schools in Płock and the Płock county. It also lends a helping hand to medical establishments, as well as organisations and institutions engaged in safety improvement initiatives.
We hold an open dialogue and build social capital in the areas surrounding our production plants, investment projects and exploration operations, and we share the costs of sustainable urban development initiatives funded by social organisations. In the Płock area, we sponsor sporting events and teams, including the ORLEN Wisła Płock handball team, the Płock Rowing Association, the ORLEN CUP International Athletics Meeting, and the Płock ORLEN Polish Open tournament for tennis players on wheelchairs.
The ANWIL for Włocławek Foundation holds a grant competition for local NGOs. ORLEN Upstream's infrastructure projects are backed by awareness-raising activities, including public dialogue initiated in areas where the company intends to drill for shale gas. We also engaged in public dialogue to gain support for our project to extend the fuel depot in Ostrów Wielkopolski. PKN ORLEN kept its communication channels fully available on a 24/7 basis, held numerous meetings with representatives of the media, local governments and residents, and organised open doors at the depot.