Since the beginning of the conflict, Santander has participated in various initiatives, with the help of volunteer employees and other organizations, to look out for the well-being of the people affected by the situation. Today, on World Refugee Day, we are going to let you know what they have consisted of.

The approximately 80,000 people who have arrived in Spain from Ukraine (according to official figures from the country’s Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration) have very different stories, but with one thing in common: the despair of being forced to leave their homes and start again from scratch. 

Santander’s support for Ukraine

Therefore, in a humanitarian crisis such as this, protection is essential: i.e. in the words of the United Nations, the organization which designated 20 June as World Refugee Day, to have the right to seek asylum, safe access, no pushbacks, no discrimination and to receive humane treatment. 

6,099 room nights

35 children

whose educational needs have been met at the Infant School (for children up to the age of six) with transport included

Accommodation for
25 children

with cancer treatment

+ €10 million

donated to UNHCR and the Red Cross

6,099 room nights

35 children

whose educational needs have been met at the Infant School (for children up to the age of six) with transport included

Accommodation for
25 children

with cancer treatment

+ €10 million

donated to UNHCR and the Red Cross

To support the cause, Santander, in collaboration with a number of NGOs, has participated in actions such as:

  • Hosting refugees: with the support of NGOs such as CEAR (Spanish Commission for Refugees), Fundación Aladina and the Red Cross, we have hosted some 200 refugees at the El Solaruco Residence, within Santander Group City in Boadilla del Monte, Madrid. On the same site, there is also an Infant School which the youngest children have attended. The other children have continued their classes in Ukraine remotely.

  • Moreover, they include 30 children with conditions such as cancer or other illnesses, who have been able to continue their cancer treatments in Madrid’s hospitals: Niño Jesús, 12 de Octubre, Gregorio Marañón and La Paz.

Around
750 hours

of volunteering

Around
750 hours

of volunteering

  • Volunteering: Almost 300 of the Group’s workforce have participated, on a voluntary basis, in various integration activities, such as Spanish classes, yoga, piano concerts, excursions such as a visit to the Madrid zoo and shows suitable for the youngest children.

  • Companies for Ukraine: the aim of this digital platform, created by the CEOE Foundation, is to promote the training and employability of refugees; an initiative supported by Universia.

  • Santander Aid Ukraine: the Banco Santander Foundation has allocated EUR 250,000 to eleven small and medium-sized NGOs to support initiatives aimed at vulnerable groups such as children and adolescents.

  • Facilitation of banking operations: we are eliminating fees on transfers allowed from European countries to Ukraine, as well as those on accounts and cards of customers in Ukraine who were in Poland. In addition, access to cash at ATMs and branches has also been a priority.

  • Donations: we have contributed EUR 1 million to the Red Cross and UNHCR, and we have also matched the contributions of our employees since the beginning of the invasion. 

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