SEOUL, June 23 (Yonhap) -- Banks and other financial institutions' social contributions hit a record high in 2019, industry data showed Tuesday.
The data released by the Korea Federation of Banks showed 22 financial institutions, including five major retail banks, spent a total of 1.13 trillion won (US$935 million) on social contribution activities in 2019.
The figure represents a 15 percent hike from 2018 and the highest since 2006, when the Korea Federation of Banks began to collect related data, according to the federation
Microcredit lending accounted for the lion's share with 557.9 billion won. The banks and other financial institutions spent 101.1 billion won on academic and educational purposes while contributing 86.9 billion won in supporting cultural activities and sports.
Shinhan Bank was the most generous bank, with its spending on social contributions standing at 196.1 billion won last year.
KB Kookmin Bank came in second with 181.1 billion won, followed by NongHyup Bank with 159.2 billion won, according to the federation.
Woori Bank and KEB Hana Bank spent 148.3 billion won and 138 billion won on social contributions, respectively.
BOK's rate cut in the offing, but 'when' still being debated
BOK again faces rate cut pressure on new coronavirus risk
BOK to keep policy rate steady amid signs of recovery
Wealth management service increasingly popular in S. Korea
BOK tipped to continue monetary easing, at least another rate cut in offing