2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

  • Customer

  • Employee

  • Society

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How we influence the environment

Our business activities involve the use of natural resources and have impact on the natural environment. In an attempt to minimise any negative influences, we have therefore adopted a conscious approach to environmental aspects reflected in our business strategy.

You can read more about the policies implemented by us, which describe the approach to be taken in relations with ”potential business customers from a sensitive industry – bank institutions”, which apply, among other, to the terms of cooperation with entities which may have a material aspects on the condition of the natural environment, HERE.

Our offices, company cars and the habits of our staff may all have impact on the climate change and on the volume of natural resources consumption. Therefore, we focus on energy efficiency and on the reduction of fuel, water, paper etc. consumption directly in our daily activities.

More and more buildings with environmental certificates

How many of our employees work in LEED or BREEAM certified buildings?

  • 2015


    of all employees.

  • 2016/2017


    of all employees and nearly 60% of the Business Support Centre employees.

  • The plan for 2018


    of all employees work in environmentally certified buildings.

Worth emphasising is the fact that 35% of the Business Support Centre work in buildings with the highest LEED Platinium certification level. Such buildings are most advanced in terms of energy efficiency and ecology.

In 2018, the percentage for the Business Support Centre will go up to 80%, as we are building our offices in Wrocław which will be submitted to such certification. Approximately 1,350 people will be working in our new office building.

Green offices of Bank Zachodni WBK

In 2016, we opened another 17 Green Offices, i.e. bank branches certified for conformance with environmental standards. Their purpose is to build the pro-environmental awareness of the employees and customers and to reduce the negative environmental impact and operating costs.

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Already 53 of our branches have received the Green Office Standard.

Energy efficiency

The consumption of energy and fuel is closely monitored by us and the new technologies implemented in the bank bring savings measured in kWh. Additionally, while choosing our energy supplier every year, we are taking into account the share of green energy in the energy offered by each supplier.

Energy consumption
Consumption in 2015 Consumption in 2016
Total electric energy consumption [MWh]: 36,364.143 34,055.718
Total consumption of energy from non-renewable sources [MWh]: 20,333.05 21,189.26
natural gas: 15,053.03 16,516.183
fuel oil: 2,059.5 2,858.9
diesel oil: 3,221.02 1,814.18
Consumption of raw materials by weight
Consumption in 2015 Consumption in 2016
Petrol [m3] 2,778.654 3,510.559
Natural gas [m3] 1,505,302.86 1,551,301.759
Fuel oil [tonnes] 176.025 244.353
Diesel oil [m3] 322 181.418

Examples of our actions

Replacement of traditional light bulbs with LED lighting with a ten times longer operating life:

Replacement of the cooling agent in air condition units with a more environment-friendly substance.

The outside illumination of our Business Support Centre buildings is controlled by dusk to dawn sensors which automatically switch the lights on and off to reduce the consumption of energy.

Every year, we take part in the Earth Hour campaign and switch off the lights in our head office buildings. What’s important, we take the opportunity to educate our employees about the significance of various environment friendly behaviours, such as waste segregation, saving energy or paper.

Paper consumption
2015 2016
Paper consumption [tonnes]:
510.70 448.96
Paper sent for recycling [tonnes]:
1,265 1,437.38

We use printers in which double-sided print is a default setting. More and more things are also handled via electronic channels (electronic mail). In 2017, the bank’s Accounting Department will start accepting e-invoices from the suppliers.

CO2 emissions
2015 2016
CO2 emissions attributable to electric energy purchased for the bank 30,236.79 CO2 tonnes 27,176.46 CO2 tonnes
CO2 emissions related to heat generation 3,622.415 CO2 tonnes 3,888.02 CO2 tonnes
CO2 emissions related to transport and fuel combustion in company cars 7,312.96 CO2 tonnes 8,622.487 CO2 tonnes