At the beginning of 2020, a partnership was also initiated with the Territorial Defence Force, under which soldiers-volunteers were offered loyalty cards entitling them to fuel discounts at PKN ORLEN service stations. The Territorial Defence Force (WOT) is a separate type of Poland’s armed forces, established at the beginning of 2017. Today, WOT counts nearly 25,000 soldiers, building its potential on volunteer service. As training takes place mainly on days off work, WOT soldiers are able to maintain a healthy balance between family and professional life. The mission of WOT is to defend and support local communities. In time of peace, WOT forces engage in, among other activities, preventing and combating the effects of natural disasters, and carrying out emergency rescue missions. During the COVID-19 epidemic, the Territorial Defence Force changed its mode of operation, moving from training to crisis prevention. The discount card scheme was launched on May 1st 2020, with a total of 32,000 cards issued by the end of 2021 and 5 million litres of fuel purchased by WOT soldiers using the cards in 2021. A social campaign Thank You was initiated in late 2021 for uniformed services deployed on the Polish-Belarusian border, with coffee and rest areas suited to soldiers’ needs set up as part of the project. The campaign aims to promote patriotic behaviours and honour the uniformed men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe on a daily basis.
PKN ORLEN takes steps to actively involve its customers in activities for social causes. VITAY programme participants are offered an opportunity to donate their points to charity. The points are converted into amounts in the złoty and every six months the donation is transferred to the ORLEN Foundation to be spent for designated purposes. The charity-related VITAY programme rewards include support for children under the case of foster family group homes, environmental protection activities and animal shelters.