In 2021-2022, First Ukrainian International Bank continued to develop a culture of volunteering among its employees.
The PUMBRUN running club was created in early 2020 by a team of like-minded people. Its purpose is not only the physical development of employees, the formation of a culture of healthy living, but also to help children who have suffered from a serious illness. All trainings and runs of FUIB team members are recorded in the Strava application, summed up and paid for. The bank pays for one workout – a run of above 3 km. Gradually the amount accumulates.
In 2021, our 170 runners had almost 6,000 training sessions. This is more than 46,000 kilometers of improved health and 120,000 hryvnias collected for the purchase of medicines for children with cancer. FUIB transferred these funds to the Tabletochki Foundation. The entire team of the bank added more than 142,000 hryvnias for the purchase of medicines by visiting the magical "Health Gift Shop" of Tabletochki Foundation for St. Nicholas Day.
In 2021, FUIB's team took part in the largest sports and charity project in Ukraine, the Chestnut Run, for the ninth time. The bank was represented by 100 volunteers. For the bank, this is an opportunity to promote healthy lifestyle among employees and help solve a social problem – providing modern equipment to a leading clinic - Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery - which corrects the most complex congenital heart defects in children from the first hours after birth.
On September 11, 2021, in order to support children with cancer, 100 FUIB volunteers ran offline and online in different parts of Ukraine. DobroRun is supporting children with cancer on their way to victory. The bank's team contribution amounted to UAH 50,000. All funds raised within the project were transferred to the Tabletochki Foundation.
In 2022, due to the war and the danger of training under constant shelling, the Running Club temporarily suspended its work.
Our blood donation tradition is 7 years old. 7 years of employee involvement in shaping the culture of blood donation in Ukraine. In October-November 2021, FUIB held its first online Donor Day. Colleagues donated blood all over Ukraine, on a convenient day and time. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem of blood shortage in Ukraine. The number of donations has decreased due to people's fear of contracting the Coronavirus, quarantine restrictions, donors' Coronavirus disease, and the necessary recovery period. PUMB employees tried to change the situation for the better by donating blood on a convenient day and time all over Ukraine. As part of the Online Donor Day, 63 employees of the bank became donors. Our colleagues helped 189 Ukrainians and donated 28.4 liters of blood.
In November 2022, FUIB held the Donor Day as part of the social project We Are of the Same Blood. 50 employees, including 2 members of the Management Board, donated 22 liters of blood for the wounded. 150 defenders got a chance to live. The Amosov Institute's medical team and the Blood Agents NGO came to the bank for the on-site donation. Blood is very much needed in war. Massive bleeding is the most common and frequent cause of death in combat zones. Stopping the bleeding and making a blood transfusion can save lives.
Traditionally, in the fall, FUIB makes greener the territories of its business presence in different regions of Ukraine. In 2021, eco-activities were held in Kyiv, Odesa, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Kamianske, Dniprorudne, Kherson, Chornomorsk, Pervomaisk, Nova Kakhovka, Kharkiv, Lviv, Pershotravensk, Mariupol, Berdiansk, and Kurakhovo. 130 PUMB employees planted 335 trees and 175 bushes. Eco-activities are an opportunity not only to make your hometowns greener, but also to strengthen the team. In 2022, no clean-ups were held due to the danger (finding remnants of explosive devices).
At the beginning of the war, in February 2022, the bank's initiative group created a Coordination Center for the resettlement of employees in Western Ukraine and the provision of necessary assistance. The Center's team supported all interested employees by phone, in the Telegram chatbot, and in the volunteer community. Volunteer employees from different regions together processed more than 1,450 requests. Assistance was provided to Ukrainian families in difficult situations, to the military, and to hospitals.
The bank created the FUIB Mobilized Employees Assistance Fund to raise funds for the needs of our defenders. Together, we provided assistance to 142 mobilized employees, husbands and sons of our female employees for UAH 1.9 million. We purchased tactical clothing and footwear, protective grear, sleeping bags, backpacks, uniforms, first aid kits, etc. The bank purchased Israeli bulletproof vests for colleagues for UAH 1.3 million.
The mobilized colleagues continue to receive full salaries and retain their positions. All of them will be reemployed after returning from the front.
The bank's Management Board supports the volunteer initiatives of employees by financing organizational measures for their implementation: providing premises, transportation of employees, purchase of auxiliary materials, etc. Employees can volunteer during working hours, as agreed with their manager. In 2022, a competition was held among volunteers and the best volunteer was selected and awarded along with the best employees of the year.