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Junior players from Uralkalis basketball project took part in the local stage of the Russian Championship

10.11.2015
Junior players from Uralkalis basketball project took part in the local stage of the Russian Championship

Participants from Uralkali’s project for the development of basketball as a popular sport took part in the local stage of the Russian Basketball Championship in Perm from 3rd to 8th November. Twelve sportsmen, all of whom are aged 14 and attend basketball centres opened as part of the Companys project in Berezniki and Solikamsk, participated in the competition.

The players represented the “Kali-Basket” basketball club and played five games against teams from Naberezhnye Chelny, Perm, Kirov and Yelabuga. The team finished a respectable third in the competition.

Mikhail Presnyakov, head coach and project manager for the development of childrens basketball as a popular sport for children and teenagers in Berezniki and Solikamsk, commented:

Participating in competitions is one of the most essential elements of training. To improve the skills of the project participants, it is crucial to take part in competitions of different levels and to play against various teams. Every trip is a strong incentive for the boys as only the best players can go. Our aim is to present basketball as a popular and affordable sport, and to also encourage a healthy lifestyle. The project aims to attract the maximum number of children and teenagers and give them an opportunity to communicate with each other and get additional physical exercise.

Notes to Editors:

Uralkali aims to promote basketball as a popular sport among young people in Berezniki and Solikamsk. The project was launched in March 2013. At present, around 1,500 athletes aged between 5 and 15 are training at 28 basketball classes opened within walking distance in Solikamsk and Bereznikiat. The project has attracted four coaches from Serbia and three Russian specialists of the highest category who have been working in leading basketball clubs in Russia. Uralkali provided financing for purchasing 2,000 sets of training uniforms and sports equipment, and for restoring 10 school gyms. As part of the Companys project, Uralkali annually holds unique on Russian scale competitions Potash-Basket Junior School Basketball League for students of the second to fourth grades. Competitions The New Year Rush, First Steps and Street-basket are also organised as part of the project. The players have the opportunity to travel to All-Russia and international competitions and tournaments. In summer the best young players attend training camps in Serbia. Uralkali invests about RUB 30 million in the basketball development project annually.

Uralkali (www.uralkali.com) is one of the worlds largest potash producers and exporters. The Companys assets consist of 5 mines and 7 ore-treatment mills situated in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm Region, Russia). Uralkali employs ca.11,000 people (in the main production unit). Uralkalis shares and GDRs are traded on the Moscow Exchange and London Stock Exchange, respectively.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBLIITY POLICY OF OJSC "URALKALI"

OJSC "Uralkali" (OJSC "Uralkali", Company,) is one of the world’s leading potash producers. Our aim is to produce potash fertilizers to satisfy the worldwide demand for the high-quality food; we develop potash deposits in an efficient and responsible manner in order to ensure continuous development of the Company.

We follow the principles of social responsibility and we know how important it is to respect the interests of all our stakeholders (employees, partners, investors, shareholders, government authorities, public organizations, the media and the residents of the regions of Uralkalis corporate presence). We know that, as a large industrial company, we are expected to be reliable, open and stable. We aspire to fully meet these expectations in full by consistently implementing the strategy of sustainable development.

Planning our work for years ahead, we care about the well-being of the future generations and honor the obligations that we have undertaken voluntarily:

  • Securing the well-being and personal development of our employees;
  • Taking into account the unique social features of the regions where we work both when solving current problems and when making decisions regarding the Companys new projects;
  • Taking all necessary actions in order to reduce the negative impact on the safety, health and living conditions of our employees, partners and residents of the territories of Uralkalis corporate presence;
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with all the Companys stakeholders, regularly informing all interested parties of the situation in the Company and the status of the actions taken in order to reduce and eliminate environmental and social risks;
  • Taking into account the opinions of the stakeholders when making decisions in the sphere of industrial, environmental and social safety when realizing current and future projects.

Our social policy serves as a guide for each employee of OJSC "Uralkali" and it is reflected in all our programs and plans. We understand how important it is to fulfill our obligations in a full and timely way and we are committed to finding a balance between the interests of the Company, its employees and other stakeholders. We believe that this balance is the only true foundation for the harmonious growth and development of OJSC "Uralkali" and society as a whole.

URALKALIs Health, Safety and Environment Policy

OJSC “Uralkali” aims to be a leader in every aspect of its operations.

Health, safety and environment are key priorities for us and serve as a framework for every action and decision we make, irrespective of the type of activity.

We fully realise that no achievement or economic benefit may justify death of people or damage to human health and the environment of our planet. Each and every employee of OJSC Uralkali has the right to be provided with safe and comfortable conditions of labour. With that, the Company expects that every employee will strictly abide by safety regulations and will demonstrate responsible attitude towards own and fellow colleagues life and health. Only through maintaining a mutually responsible behaviour in health, safety and environment will we be able to achieve a greater level of development for our business.

Our goals are very simple and clear:

  • Zero accidents;
  • Zero industrial emergencies;
  • Reduction of environmental impact.

To achieve these goals and to ensure the maximum compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, we must create a health, safety and environment management system based on established standards.

An efficient management and continuous improvement of the corporate health and safety culture will enable us to gain significant progress in preventing and/or mitigating HSE-related issues.

We strongly believe that a successful implementation of these efforts will create conditions for the sustainable development of OJSC Uralkali.

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