Uralkali awards scholarships to university students in Berezniki

28.04.2016

Uralkali has awarded scholarships to the five best students from the Berezniki Branch of the Perm National Research Polytechnic University (BB PNRPU).

The awards ceremony took place during the Youth Science for Regional Development International Conference of Students and Young Scientists. Students in their third and fourth years studying Technological Machinery and Equipment and Chemical Technology of Inorganic Substances courses were given scholarships according to their examination results in the first term of the 2015-2016 academic year.

The main selection criteria were strong academic performance, the writing of scientific papers in the Company’s field of activity and successful completion of practical training.

Furthermore, Uralkali gifted Samsung tablets to three pupils from the town of Berezniki, who scored full marks in maths, physics and chemistry competitions. The competitions were organised jointly by Uralkali and BB PNRPU.

Ruslan Ilyasov, HR Director of Uralkali, said:

The use of advanced technology and the implementation of international experience and best practices would not be possible without qualified employees, which is why Uralkali is strives to recruit talented young people. The Company works closely with higher and secondary educational institutions, contributes to their refurbishment and provides methodological support to teaching staff. Graduates of BB PNRPU have traditionally been considered potential Uralkali employees. Many of them have gone on to have successful careers at the Company.

As part of an agreement between Uralkali and BB PNPRU, scholarships have been awarded twice a year every year since 2007 on the basis of exam results each semester. The scholarships amount to 3,000 roubles per month. In addition to higher education institutions, Uralkali awards scholarships to students from Berezniki Polytechnic College and Solikamsk Mining and Chemical College.

Uralkali (www.uralkali.com) is one of the world’s largest potash producers and exporters. The Company’s assets consist of 5 mines and 7 ore-treatment mills situated in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm Territory, Russia). Uralkali employs ca.11,000 people (in the main production unit). Uralkali’s shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange.

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 Uralkali’s 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 Company’s 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 Uralkali’s corporate presence;
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with all the Company’s 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.

URALKALI’s 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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