The foundation and sponsorship activities

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KGHM is a “good neighbour and trustworthy investor”. It supports communities, social organizations and institutions related to science, culture and sport. It promotes an active lifestyle and helps people in need. One of the pillars of our efforts in the area of corporate social responsibility is the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation which is engaged in pro publico bono and charitable activities. It helps in performance of socially useful projects, and it supports the people who are experiencing hardships.

The KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation

The KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation was established in 2003 to continue long traditions of pro publico bono activities conducted by its Founder – KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., and to implement local and regional initiatives and projects of national and global reach. The Foundation’s day-to-day activities are informed by the values held by the Founder, which include zero harm, teamwork, results driven, accountability and courage. The basis for the operation of the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation are financial and material donations granted to:

  • individuals in the field of health care and natural disaster relief;
  • institutions for project execution.

The projects pursued in 2021 were a natural continuation of the activities carried out by the Foundation to date and a result of program changes agreed in the course of consultations between the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of the Foundation and the corporate bodies of the Founder, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

In 2021, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation was focused on granting donations and overseeing how they are spent as well as on running programs. The commitments undertaken by the Foundation were carried out with the utmost care, thorough analysis of the submitted requests and with a detailed consideration of the capacity to help. In 2021, the Foundation continued to develop its operations, pursuing its statutory goals in four main areas:

  • Health and Safety
  • Sports and Recreation,
  • Sports and Recreation,
  • Science and Education







In 2021, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation made every effort to identify various social needs and address them in line with the assumptions of its articles of association and within its capabilities. Support was granted in the form of cash donations in a total amount of PLN 20,669,524.66, including PLN 19,676,423.56 for the performance of 312 projects and PLN 993,101.10 for 116 private individuals.

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Support was granted in the form of cash donations in a total amount

No AREA Donations
Amount awarded PLN Number
of projects/individuals
1. HEALTH AND SAFETY 5,648,459.77 70
2. SCIENCE AND EDUCATION 2,442,618.60 43
3. SPORTS AND RECREATION 2,273,347.00 65
4. CULTURE AND TRADITION 9,311,998.19 134
1. HEALTH CARE 983,101.10 115

Health and safety area

  • social assistance, including assistance to families and persons in difficult life situations and equalisation of opportunities for these families and persons,
  • supporting families and the foster care system,
  • charitable activity,
  • health protection and promotion,
  • activities for persons with disabilities,
  • working for equal rights for women and men,
  • activities for people of retirement age,
  • ecology and protection of animals and natural heritage,
  • public order and safety,
  • State defence and the activity of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland,
  • rescue and civil protection,
  • assistance to victims of disasters, natural disasters, armed conflicts and wars in Poland and abroad,
  • promotion and organisation of volunteering,
  • activities for families, maternity, parenthood, promotion and protection of children’s rights.
  • research and diagnostic programmes, prevention,
  • promotion of blood donation and blood therapy,
  • purchase of equipment and specialised medical supplies,
  • scientific conferences and medical symposia,
  • rehabilitation and sports activities,
  • environmental education of children and young people,
  • purchase of equipment for the State and Voluntary Fire Brigades, the Police,
  • training and prevention activities,
  • subsidising rehabilitation holidays, supporting physical activity of disabled people.

As part of the “Health and Safety” area, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation provides financial support to several healthcare institutions and private individuals. Most of the funds are earmarked for purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and specialist medical apparatus for hospitals, rehabilitation centres and other healthcare facilities. As a result, the quality and effectiveness of preventive health care provided has improved significantly. As regards health protection, the Foundation’s activities are not reduced merely to provision of equipment to healthcare facilities but it also finances preventive examinations for residents as well as initiates and supports projects promoting blood donation and hemotherapy, and co-funds scientific conferences in the field of medicine. In order to prevent,  counteract and combat the COVID-19 infectious disease, the financial donations made to the institutions were for subsidies for the purchase of personal protective equipment, equipment for rehabilitation after surviving the COVID-19 virus, and subsidies for rehabilitation classes for recovering patients. Individuals receive financial support from the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation for health care, mainly for rehabilitation holidays, inpatient rehabilitation, the purchase of hearing aids and wheelchairs, surgical treatment, including treatment abroad, and the removal of architectural barriers.

With well-being and safety in view, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation is involved also in numerous projects and actions related to publicsafety. Most of the funds were spent on purchasing modern rescue and fire-fighting equipment and special vehicles for local emergency rescue facilities, e.g. fire and police stations. State-of-theart equipment contributes to increased safety and enables the efficient operation of institutions that protect life, health and property. As part of its social activities, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation tries to counteract the social exclusion of people and families that find themselves in a difficult life With well-being and safety in view, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation is involved also in numerous projects and actions related to public safety. Most of the funds were spent on purchasing modern rescue and fire-fighting equipment and special vehicles for local emergency rescue facilities, e.g. fire and police stations. State-of-the-art equipment contributes to increased safety and enables the efficient operation of institutions that protect life, health and property. As part of its social activities, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation tries to counteract the social exclusion of people and families that find themselves in a difficult life.

was confinanced to the amount of PLN 5,648,459.77 and 116 individuals were gifted a total of PLN 993,101.10

Science and education area

  • providing free legal assistance and increasing the legal awareness of the public,
  • activities aimed at professional and social integration and reintegration of people at risk of social exclusion,
  • activities for the integration of immigrants,
  • promotion of employment and professional activation of unemployed persons and persons threatened with job loss,
  • activities supporting economic development, including the development of entrepreneurship,
  • activities supporting the development of technology, invention and innovation, as well as the dissemination and implementation of new technical solutions in economic practice
  • activities supporting the development of local communities,
  • science, higher education, education and upbringing,
  • promotion and protection of human rights, freedoms and civil liberties, as well as activities supporting the development of democracy,
  • provision of free-of-charge civic advice,
  • promotion and protection of consumer rights,
  • activities promoting European integration and developing contacts and cooperation between societies.
  • equipping learning labs with teaching aids,
  • study grants, prizes,
  • scientific publications, popular science and educational and training publications,
  • educational programs and workshops,
  • scientific symposia and conferences.

In the “Science and Education” area, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation focuses on propagating science and education. Support from the KGHM Foundation is received by educational facilities, which purchase teaching aids with the funds received, thereby contributing to an increased educational level. Scientific projects supported by the Foundation include also scientific publications or the organization of scientific conferences and contests, as well as educational and integration classes for children and youth.

was spent as part of a broad range of initiatives, the amount of was spent to run 43 projects

Sports and recreation area

  • activities for children and young people, including leisure activities for children and young people,
  • promotion and dissemination of physical culture,
  • tourism and sightseeing.
  • mplementation of the Health Promotion and Environmental Hazards Prevention Program – organisation of preventive health care trips for children and young people from the Copper Basin,
  • supporting the training activities of institutions promoting sport,
  • subsidising the organisation of sporting events,
  • purchase of sports equipment and outfits,
  • creation of new recreational areas such as outdoor gyms,
  • organisation of sports events,
  • leisure for children and youth,

In the “Sports and Recreation” area, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation supports all actions for the development of physical activity of young people undertaken by local institutions, associations and sports clubs. The cash donations provided by the Foundation enabled the purchase of sports equipment and delivery of numerous sport training courses, various tournaments and competitions, and establishment of new recreational and sports facilities, such as outdoor gyms and children’s playgrounds. Moreover, some of the funds were dedicated to co-funding the organization of summer and winter holidays for children and youth by local divisions of the Society of the Friends of Children (TPD), the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP), associations, orphanages, and parishes. The participants are mainly children and youth from underprivileged, dysfunctional, and poor families, who, thanks to the Foundation’s support, have the opportunity to go to the seaside or the mountains for the first time in their lives and learn about another culture.

was expended on the
execution of 65 projects.

Culture and tradition area

  • maintenance and dissemination of national traditions, cultivation of Polish identity and development of national, civic and cultural awareness,
  • activities in favour of national and ethnic minorities and regional language,
  • culture, arts, protection of cultural assets and national heritage,
  • promotion of the Republic of Poland abroad; assistance to the Polish community and Poles abroad,
  • activities on behalf of combatants, veterans and repressed persons.
  • conservation, restoration and reconstruction of historic architectural buildings,
  • conservation of movable objects,
  • conservation of movable objects,
  • organisation of artistic and cultural events,
  • support for film productions, art workshops,
  • dissemination and promotion of mining and metallurgical traditions.

The “Culture and Tradition” area is a very important part of the Foundation’s activities, in which the Foundation supports projects cultivating mining and smelting traditions, commemorating Polish cultural and historical heritage and strengthening local cultural identity at the local, regional and national levels. Supported projects related to the rescue of cultural heritage and tradition, contribute to a significant improvement in the condition of many historic buildings, and some even save the monuments from a building disaster. To support culture and art, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation also provides financial aid to diverse artistic and cultural events organised by various associations, cultural societies, cultural centres and museums.

The amount that was co-financed by 134 projects in the area of culture and traditions






Health promotion and environmental hazards prevention program

The program has been implemented for five years in cooperation with an external company. The Health Promotion and Environmental Hazards Prevention Program is intended to counteract the potential impact of industry on people, in particular children living in the counties of: Głogów, Legnica, Lubin and Polkowice. It provides financing for preventive and health trips for children and adolescents aged 6-16 to mountain or coastal health resorts.

Due to the epidemiological situation in the country, related to the spread of the coronavirus in 2021, only the amount of 154,700.00 PLN was allocated
for its implementation and 47 children from the Municipalities of Kotla and Żukowice were covered by it. In 2022, the Foundation intends to continue the programme, which has become a permanent part of its statutory activities

was allocated for its implementation

Sponsoring in KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

KGHM’s sponsorship strategy is closely associated with the activity pursued in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and assumes that funds will be allocated for the performance of actions promoting the Company on the one hand and for supporting valuable cultural, sports, scientific, and social initiatives and undertakings on the other.

Efficient operation of important cultural or scientific institutions today depends largely on the support from sponsors. Without support from companies
such as KGHM, many valuable projects would have no chance of successful completion. This is why KGHM, as it considers its sponsoring activities, takes into account the social aspect of each undertaking.

The areas of sponsoring activities of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. are culture and social affairs, science and sport.

The Company considers sport an important area of social life and therefore it supports both top-class professional sport and amateur sport. As the largest employer in the region, it appreciates the significance of sport in forming the culture of The Company considers sport an important area of social life and therefore it supports both top-class professional sport and amateur sport. As the largest employer in the region, it appreciates the significance of sport in forming the culture of  leisure for adults and its educational role for youth. The Parent Entity is the major sponsor and at the same time the owner of Zagłębie Lubin S.A., a football team playing in the top Polish football league (which is the top league in Poland). At the same time, KGHM is a sponsor of two clubs based in Lubin: Cuprum Lubin (volleyball) and Zagłębie Lubin (handball).

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. has been one of the sponsors of “Bieg Piastów”, a cross-country skiing marathon, in Jakuszyce. KGHM also supports other running events, such as “Cross Straceńców” (Cross-Country Race of Desperados), the New Year running and walking event in Głogów, the Wolf’s Trail Run to commemorate Polish “Disowned Soldiers”, as well as local sports organisations whose members include employees of the KGHM Group.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is a patron of culture and art. It participates in organisation of significant projects addressed to the society in the region and the whole country and takes patronage over them. As of 2019, KGHM has assumed patronage of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. It has also supported the Wrocław Opera for many years. In 2021, KGHM continued its support for these cultural institutions.

As regards science, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. supports higher education institutions and scientific institutions, thus tightening cooperation and building a bridge between the industry and academia. The Company provides financial and subject-matter aid to projects thematically related to the problems solved to meet the needs of KGHM and the region.

To ensure transparent rules of taking decisions to support a given project, offers are analysed by the Sponsorship Committee. The decisions of the Commission are documented in the form of minutes in each case, which are approved by the President and CEO of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. The sponsorship activity of the KGHM Group is subject to regulations given in the Sponsorship Policy of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. and the procedure of obtaining an opinion from the Sponsorship Commission.

Amounts granted by KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. through its sponsorship function in 2021, by area:

Area Granted amount in PLN
Sports 25,238,000.00
Culture and tradition 7,468,222.45
Science 3,357,600.00
Total 36,063,822.45

The amount spent by the KGHM Group Companies (excluding the parent entity) as part of its sponsorship and donations activity in 2021 was:

Companies in
KGHM International Total
Sponsorship 157,000.00 78,396.34 235,396.34
Donations 3,983,144.39 676,319.30 4,659,463.69
Total 4,140,144.39 754,715.64

Best practice

KGHM is a triple winner in the CSR Leaders Program

KGHM won awards in three categories of the CSR Leaders Program: Good Company, Good Employer and Eco Company. This plebiscite distinguishes companies that pursue societally beneficial activities that extend beyond the world of business.

The editorial boards of Forum Biznesu and Biznes Trendy pick institutions that satisfy CSR-related criteria. The underlying reasons for making this choice span subjects such as corporate engagement in charitable and sponsorship activity, corporate employer policy and other positive aspects of corporate activity.

The organizers of this competition emphasize that the receipt of these titles confirms KGHM’s status as a reliable company that is sensitive to the needs of its surroundings – and that it is worthwhile to be affiliated and cooperate with it. The CSR Leader logo received will assist in marketing, recruitment and image-related activities.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. CSR Programs

Running Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs is one of the principal ways of building the KGHM Group’s image as an environmentally-friendly and pro-health organization.

KGHM Polska Miedź is an active sponsor and ambassador which supports the development of both local and national sport, but above all engages in initiatives to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Since 2019, the CSR programme called “Copper Competition” has been implemented, which provides annual scholarships to athletes for exemplary sporting achievements and orientation towards increasingly better results in the implementation of a given sport. In 2021, such support was provided to 26 athletes from all over Poland, including seven from the Copper Basin and as many as 17 Polish representatives at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In addition to the support given to national athletes, support for local initiatives should be highlighted. For years, support has been provided for regional cross-country skiing and sporting events for the people of the Copper Basin, such as the “Cross Straceńców” (Cross-Country Race of Desperados), “Biegi Wilczym Tropem” (Wolf’s Trail Run), etc.

Worth emphasising is the grassroots initiative of the Company’s internal sports association – Stowarzyszenie Sportowe KGHM ZG Run, which on the occasion of the Company’s round anniversary organised a 60 km cycling race for the 60th anniversary of KGHM

With the support and resources of the company, nearly 200 cyclists covered a distance of 75 kilometres along the picturesque trails of the Barycz Valley. Although the original distance was supposed to be symbolic and related to KGHM’s anniversary, and amounted to 60 kilometres, all the participants completed it without any major problems, being able to count on each other’s support, which contributed to the integration of the employees.

The longest history can be boasted by the “Bieg o Lampkę Górniczą” (Street Run for the Miner’s Lamp), which also opens the Miner’s Day celebrations, with its 35th edition held in November 2021. In the same year, for the first time in its history, an initiative was implemented combining two CSR programmes operating within the Company – Employee Volunteering and the Eco-Health programme to promote physical activity among the Copper Basin inhabitants.

Volunteers, KGHM employees and amateur runners conducted a series of joint training sessions in preparation for the start of the 10-kilometre run through the streets of Lubin. The programme benefited nearly 80 people who took part in joint training and prepared for the start on the basis of a training plan prepared especially for them.

The company constantly promotes health by promoting active leisure. One example of such activities is the Eco-Health programme mentioned above, established in 2014. The purpose of the program is to undertake projects/initiatives promoting preventive health care, an active lifestyle, physical activity and recreation, in order to improve the physical condition and health of the children, adults and the elderly living in the region. As part of the initiative, Nordic Walking classes or swimming lessons were organised for the residents of the Copper Basin.

Throughout October 2021, internal company television broadcast spots featuring female KGHM employees, KGHM ambassadors, aimed at persuading women to undergo examinations or self-examination of breasts. Following the educational campaign related to the popularisation of breast cancer prevention, KGHM addressed the male part of the workforce under the slogan: “You are important, do not be afraid to be examined” and joined the “Movember” campaign at KGHM. The international social campaign Movember was created to promote research and care for men’s health. Men, who at the same time become ambassadors of the action, grow moustaches in November to provoke society to talk about testicular cancer and prostate cancer. In connection with it, in November 2021 the KGHM logo was adorned with a moustache.

The “Copper Heart” employee volunteerism program has been operating in KGHM POLSKA MIEDŹ S.A. since 2014. Volunteering activities reinforce the values guiding KGHM employees on a day-to-day basis: responsibility, safety, performance orientation, courage, and collaboration. Employees engaging in organizing and participating in charity actions become ambassadors of the KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. brand and they are the best evidence of the effectiveness and appropriate implementation of the corporate social responsibility policy.

In 2021, despite the ever-present threat of the pandemic, 40 volunteer actions were successfully carried out, doing so while maintaining all sanitary standards. KGHM employees visited educational institutions in the Copper Basin region, where they conducted first aid lessons or brought the secrets of the work of extracting and processing copper ore closer in a friendly manner. Traditionally, volunteers supported athletes on the route of the Summer and Winter run called “Bieg Piastów” as well as cleaned up the routes after the exceptionally long winter season.

In 2021, another edition of the “Pączek ze Szlachetnym Nadzieniem” (Doughnut with Noble Filling) campaign was held, in which, on the occasion of Fat Thursday, a record sum of almost PLN 80,000 was collected for the benefit of three children of KGHM employees.

On the occasion of the jubilee of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., all of the Company’s Volunteer Blood Donor Clubs have joined forces to jointly achieve the goal of collecting as many litres of blood as possible. This year, a single, common calendar of blood donation events was created, taking into account the schedules of all the clubs. The cooperation was inaugurated with an occasional “smelter blood collection”, where blood and its components were collected simultaneously in all cities of the Copper Basin. It is worth noting that the blood donors, who together donated more than 40 litres of blood, on that day gave up the privilege of a day off work, as the action was held on a Saturday. Each donor who gave the password KGHM 60 at any of the Blood Donation and Haemotherapy Centres in the Copper Basin received a bracelet with the copper designation of their blood group.

A number of actions carried out and grassroots initiatives by employees resulted in the Lubin County being awarded the title of Volunteer of the Year 2021. It is worth noting that, in addition to the title awarded to the KGHM Volunteers, individual awards were also received by many of the Company’s employees.

One of the ambassadors of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. connected with the Company by a sponsorship agreement is the outstanding ski-alpinist Andrzej Bargiel. Although on the surface the sportsman’s activities are very different from the mining industry, they share the same values, such as cooperation, responsibility, result-orientation, courage or safety. These very qualities were highlighted by Andrzej Bargiel in a series of films addressed to employees of the KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. Group, seeking a reference to his activities after visiting the deepest KGHM mine.

By planning and implementing CSR activities, whose addressees and direct recipients are the social beneficiaries of the Company’s environment, the Company maintains the “licence to act” which is important for the Group and which manifests itself in social acceptance of KGHM’s business activities in the mining sector.

program was launched in 2014 as part of corporate social responsibility. The priority of the ECO-Health program are in particular the promotion of preventive health care and an active lifestyle among residents of the Copper Basin. The purpose of the program is to undertake projects/initiatives promoting preventive health care, an active lifestyle, physical activity and recreation, in order to improve the physical condition and health of the children, adults and the elderly living in the region.

The program’s efforts to advance include regular activities: Nordic Walking for adults, recreational gymnastics for elderly citizens, and swimming lessons for children.

The Nordic Walking project is addressed to people over 35 years of age. It assumes cyclic activities with the participation of qualified and experienced instructors in various cities and towns of the Copper Basin. The participants acquire or improve the basic skills of walking with the poles and take part in lectures on Nordic Walking techniques and principles of healthy nutrition.

The impact of Nordic Walking on the body is similar to that of jogging without putting excessive strain on joints and the spine. It relieves hip and knee joints, the lumbar spine, and releases shoulder, neck, and back muscle tension. Additionally, it does not require specialized equipment and engages up to 90 per cent of muscles safely (with a low risk of injury).

So far, 11 editions of the Nordic walking project have been held in which more than 1,600 people participated. Swimming lessons involve cyclical lessons in the basics of swimming for children aged 5-10 years. The classes are held in indoor swimming pools in several towns of the Copper Basin: Chojnów, Legnica, Lubin, Polkowice, Głogów, and Rudna, and children develop their basic swimming skills under the supervision of qualified instructors from swimming clubs in the region. Swimming is a sport strongly recommended to children. It helps ensure the correct posture and reverse scoliosis. This discipline makes a child develop healthily, be physically fit, have a good stamina and motor coordination. Water exercises have a highly positive influence on the respiratory and circulatory systems, too.KGHM pursues the strategic assumptions of its CSR policy by engaging in dialogue and partnership with its environment. The company is a good neighbour and a trusted investor. To be effective, it incorporates social, cultural and economic elements into its projects. KGHM works closely with local governments and non-governmental organisations, analyses information about the needs of local communities and supports them in selected areas organisationally and financially. As a result, the company creates a sustainable, fair and equal relationship with its environment.

Best practice

60 CSR best practices to celebrate 60 years of KGHM

As a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. published “60 CSR best practices to celebrate 60 years of KGHM”. This online publication to mark its anniversary may serve as a source of inspiration for other companies and institutions. It proves that caring about people, their families and environment can go hand-in-hand with pursuing

This publication contains a description of 60 best practices in the copper company in several categories such as physical health, education, ecology and social bonds. KGHM showcases its activities and its staff’s commitment to volunteer and aid campaigns to benefit the residents of the Copper Basin.

This publication on CSR best practices shows that KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is consistent in pursuing and applying the principles of corporate social responsibility.

This exceptional document is available online and can be downloaded from the website.

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