PBZ Group donates HRK 7.8 million in aid
Zagreb, 14 January 2021 – PBZ Group, a part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, donated HRK 7.8 million to support the victims and help repair the consequences of the devastating earthquake that hit Sisak-Moslavina County and the wider area. The donation totalling HRK 7.8 million includes a donation of HRK 3.5 million to Ivo Pedišić General Hospital in Sisak, the donation Aid for rehabilitation in the aftermath of the earthquake to the State Budget of the Republic of Croatia of HRK 3.8 million, and a donation of HRK 500,000 to the Vrbina Sisak Children’s Home.
"I would like to emphasize once again, there is only one Croatia, this is what we all should bear in mind at all times and help our country whenever we can and especially now, amid the ravages of the earthquake that struck Sisak-Moslavina County and the wider area. PBZ is always prepared, with the support of our parent bank Intesa Sanpaolo, to help those that need it most and with this donation we wish to express our solidarity and communion in helping the disaster-stricken population and area. PBZ is not only market leader in many areas of banking and advanced technologies, but we are also proud to be the leading financial institution recognized by the public for its continuous and numerous humanitarian activities and serve as an example to others, motivating them to provide as much help as possible to the community“, said Dinko Lucić, President of the Management Board of Privredna banka Zagreb.
PBZ also adopted a number of measures to help the clients affected by the devastating earthquake, from deferral of loan payments (moratorium) for 6 to 12 months, temporary suspension of implementation of collection measures and certain fees, for example for the management of transaction accounts opened in Petrinja and Glina branch offices.
PBZ Group, as one of the initiators of changes in the field of social responsibility always strives to provide help to those who need it most and participate in positive changes in the society. Only in 2020, due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the earthquake that hit the city of Zagreb and the surrounding area in March, the Group donated within its humanitarian project „Doing good every day” around HRK 5 million towards healthcare institutions to help combat the coronavirus pandemic and treat those infected as well as towards repairing the consequences of the earthquake. Including the latest donation, PBZ has donated a total of HRK 12.8 million responding to the current needs of our community.
It is noteworthy to recall also the charity project of the PBZ Group „Doing good every day“, unique in the country, which has been helping the community for more than 10 years by setting aside one kuna for each transaction carried out with a Visa card with a heart without any additional cost for cardholders. PBZ Group uses the collected funds to help national, long-term projects for the benefit of children and the young: "Monitoring children at neurorisk" of the Ministry of Health and "For the better life of children in social care homes" of the Ministry of Labour and Pension System, Family and Social Policy, and responds to current needs of the society. Within the „Doing good every day” project, the Group has so far collected more than HRK 22 million and made 54 donations, including children’s hospitals and paediatric wards and social care homes across Croatia. More information about project achievements is available at www.cinimdobro.hr.
Photo: Dinko Lucić, President of the Management Board of Privredna banka Zagreb and Vilijana Belas, Executive Director of PR & Marketing