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Uralkali Voluntary Movement Growing

10.12.2014
Uralkali Voluntary Movement Growing

On 5 December (International Volunteer’s Day), the volunteers among Uralkali’s staff summarised the results of the outgoing year. The voluntary help for those who were in need was given in 2014 by almost 400 Uralkali workers.

The voluntary actions in Uralkali cover different fields. The Zeleny Kontur movement has existed already for five years. The main objective set by activists themselves is to help the environment by removing rubbish from holiday spots and conducting environmental seminars. Over the movement’s life time, almost 350 people have taken part in the actions. 17 environmental volunteer clean-ups have been organized in the suburbs of Berezniki and Solikamsk over five years. In 2014, the volunteers tested a new method — they organised eco-swimming across the river Vishera, took away rubbish from campsites and from the Vetlan mountain basecamp.

Ekaterina Korochkina, Chief Specialist of Uralkali geology department, and leader of the Zeleny Kontur movement.

When our movement appeared, I invited my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances to visit the activities. It was complicated enough for the first time. It’s hard to encourage people to spend their free time working for the common good; moreover, it is impossible to take away all the rubbish left by fellow citizens. But today our movement is much bigger than previous. It’s because we have support from Uralkali; the company helps us with the organisation and inventory, the corporate media promotes what we do, attracting new participants.

In 2013, volunteers began to help at the animal refuge, “Drug” (“Friend). Since that time, the participants led by Yulia Tsaplina have continually visited the refuge, where there are homeless dogs and took care of the animals, fed and walked them. Moreover, the staff of Uralkali each month gather products, medicine and clothes for bedding. The activists received letters of gratitude from the staff of the refuge and city volunteers, who also give help to ‘Drug’.

The other significant field of voluntary work is the Children’s Joy movement, led by Anna Yugova. The activists from Uralkali visited the child care center in Solikamsk all year round, organised holidays, interesting excursions and fresh air and exercise for the children. Some of the arrangements were organized for teenagers from orphanages. Also the activists from Uralkali attracted youngsters from the Solikamsk orphanage to participate in the activities. The teenagers created their own voluntary detachment called Children of the Frost and undertook charitable acts with the volunteers from Uralkali.

On behalf of the children from the Child Care Center the volunteers were appreciated by Maria Gorshkova, the head of department No 3 of the Child Care Center for children without parental custody.

The children of our organization are in a complicated life situation, so that they especially require attention and love. And in this relation it is hard to overestimate the help of the volunteers from Uralkali. The visit of the volunteers from Uralkali brightens the children’s impressions and gives positive emotions, the volunteers help to expand the horizon of the children and to adapt them for future life.

Oksana Motrych, the Chief of the corporate and sports events organization center of Uralkali:

Our team is the example of a socially responsible business. Uralkali repairs schools, builds nursery schools and promotes development of children’s sport in the cities where the Company operates. The volunteers from Uralkali help to increase the list of good deeds. Very many thanks to them for their sincerity and warm hearts.

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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