CHARITY AND SPONSORSHIP

In 2017, the Bank continued its long-term aid program for Kolpino Family Education Support Centre No. 9 (formerly known as Foster Care Centre No. 27). The project started in 2006 when the Bank joined Board of Trustees of this institution. In addition to improving the Centre's facilities and infrastructure, the Bank also offers the children additional vocational training, healthcare and leisure activities, vocational guidance. The Bank regularly provides incentives for talented teachers at the Centre.

Bank Saint Petersburg is actively involved in implementing socially important charity programs in the city. For nearly 12 years, the Bank has been supporting the Helping Homeless Dogs Charity Foundation.

Fittingly for its High Culture Banking slogan, Bank Saint Petersburg continues to support important cultural initiatives in the city. Already for the sixth time, in 2017 the Bank became the title partner of the traditional St. Petersburg Museum Night, one of the city's most spectacular annual cultural events. More than 80 000 people visited 111 participating St. Petersburg’s museums.

For the third time, the Bank sponsored another landmark project of the year – the Opera for Everyone International Festival, which showcased various masterpieces of classical opera. It gave local residents and visitors of St. Petersburg the chance to enjoy open-air performances of some of the world’s most popular operas, against the backdrop of the city's famous architectural complexes, completely free of charge.

The Evropeisky Branch of Bank Saint Petersburg supported for the seventh time the family holiday in Kaliningrad – the cycling and healthy lifestyle Wheel Day festival. The festival is included in the program of official city events in Kaliningrad and takes place on the territory adjacent to the Baltika stadium with the blocking of several central streets for the "cycle route". The funds allocated by the Bank go to the organization of a festival campus (a children's zone, a food court, an entertainment program), as well as the organization of a sports component (professional and amateur races, including the "university race"). In 2017, the festival was attended by about 5 000 people.

One of the Bank’s most significant charity projects was initiative to reallocate part of the budget intended for the New Year’s corporate gifts to charities. The replacement of gifts by charity efforts allowed not only the Bank, but also its clients and partners, to support a project to create a music studio for Family Education Support Centre No. 9.

EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES

In addition to its traditional charity events, since 2012, the Bank has supported its employees in their volunteer projects. During 2017, the Bank’s employees volunteered for a number of important charity projects, including:

  • The White Flower and Dreams Come True projects supporting a children's hospice in St Petersburg.
  • Volunteer classes and workshops held in Family Education Support Centre No. 9. In 2016, a new direction was added to the standard program – including the socialization and adaptation of children from the foster home. The Bank’s customers – the largest enterprises of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region – also joined this initiative by offering excursions and vocational guidance.
  • Christmas Tree of Good Deeds action, organized by the Bank within the Good Peter city festival. 160 employees of the Bank, who took part in the action, collected 300 New Year gifts for children, families and people of the older generation in need of social protection, supporting the activities of the four city funds;
  • Every year, employees of the Bank in Kaliningrad participate in the Miracle-tree project, organized by Believe in a Miracle charitable center. Traditionally, in November lists of desired gifts are publicized for the children of the fund (children with disabilities and life-threatening diseases), and everybody can fulfill the desire of one or several children.

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE LENDING

Bank Saint Petersburg cooperates with a wide range of enterprises in St. Petersburg in order to support environmentally-oriented projects.

For example, the Bank issued guarantees to secure the performance of the obligations of the Mineral Special Purpose Firm State Unitary Geological Enterprise under public contracts for the following services:

  • Addition of map data concerning the city’s geological aspects to the territorial geological information fund of the Northwest Federal District;
  • Data collection for the environmental monitoring of the Sestroretsky Razliv reservoir;
  • Comprehensive environmental survey of the Duderhof lakes;
  • Support of the state information system for environmental issues and nature resource management of the city of St. Petersburg (Environmental Passport of St. Petersburg);
  • Arrangement and hosting of a series of youth conferences aimed at promoting environmental awareness.

The guarantees issued in 2017 to secure the obligations of Saint Petersburg Vodokanal State Unitary Enterprise to install water purification plants and water supply mains in the Kurortny District of St. Petersburg are another example.

SOCIALLY-ORIENTED PROJECTS

Bank Saint Petersburg provides loans to St. Petersburg-based enterprises and issues guarantees to secure the performance of contracts under projects that are socially-oriented and aimed at solving the socio-economic problems of the region.

In the reporting year, the Bank issued a guarantee to Children’s Municipal Hospital No. 1 to secure the obligations under the contract for specialized (including high-tech) medical care services to be provided to the children of the Leningrad Region. The owner of the contract is the Public Health Committee of the Leningrad Region.

In 2017, in cooperation with MSP Corporation under their Program 6.5, the Bank provided a RUB 60 mln loan to Energo-Resurs LLC for the purposes of procuring fuel for the boiler houses supplying heating and hot water for the town of Priozersk in the Leningrad Region. Energo-Resurs is currently the only heating supplier in Priozersk.

In 2017, a loan agreement was concluded with Saint Petersburg Metro State Unitary Enterprise to finance the acquisition of 162 metro train cars with asynchronous traction motors. The supplier is Oktyabrsky Electric Car Repair Plant OJSC.

In the reporting year, Bank Saint Petersburg signed a loan agreement with OJSC Metrostroy to partially fund the construction of the Yakhtenny Bridge which has provided access from the Primorsky District (Yakhtennaya Street) to the St. Petersburg Football Stadium and other sports facilities on the Krestovsky Island. The Bank also issued a guarantee to secure the completion of land development works on the St. Petersburg Metro construction site.

Other guarantees issued in 2017 to State Unitary Road Enterprise of St. Petersburg “Center” concerned road maintenance work in the Admiralteisky, Frunzensky, Tsentralny, Moskovsky, Vasileostrovsky, and Petrogradsky Districts of St. Petersburg.

To guardians and custodians, the Bank offers accounts whose beneficiaries are supervised minors. Moreover, there is an additional option to issue corporate cards tied to the guardian or custodian’s accounts, enabling round-the-clock access to the funds placed in supervised accounts.

With its expertise in the retail sphere and its reputation as a reliable partner, Bank Saint Petersburg renders products and services that are in high demand and have a major social impact. This includes mortgage loans, the maternity (family) capital payments scheme, the social security payments scheme, and the pension scheme.

In 2017, the Bank continued to participate in targeted citywide programs, such as Affordable Housing for the Young and Development of Long-Term Housing Finance in St. Petersburg, striving to make borrowing convenient and affordable for private customers.

For the past 16 years, the Bank has been issuing and servicing the Newborn social benefits cards, to which child benefit payments are credited, and can subsequently be used to make payments for baby- and childcare products in specialized stores. As of January 1, 2018, more than 245 000 Newborn cards have been issued.

For pensioners in St. Petersburg, the Leningrad Region, and the Kaliningrad Region, the Bank issued more than 32 000 cards. Customers can apply for pension benefits through the Internet Bank.

Bank Saint Petersburg is fully aware of the importance of building a healthy social environment and will continue to be actively involved in the social life by implementing its traditional charity projects and encouraging employees’ volunteer initiatives.