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Potash Basket Basketball Club Summs Up 2014 Results

30.01.2015
“Potash Basket” Basketball Club Summs Up 2014 Results

2014 ended with a New Year’s Mayhem event for the participants of Uralkali’s “Development of basketball as a mass sport for children and teenagers in Berezniki and Solikamsk” project. The Company regularly organises this event for first and second-grade students who have recently started playing basketball.

In September, there was a new intake of first-grade students at the project’s basketball centres. Almost 180 children in Berezniki and 80 children in Solikamsk signed up to play basketball. In December Uralkali organised a festival for the project participants: the children took part in a race with elements of basketball, and demonstrated to their parents and grandparents what they had learned in the three months of training. Santa Claus (Ded Moroz) and the Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) made a traditional address to the young athletes and each participant received a box with sweets and wishes for further sporting success.

The organisers decided not to choose winners from the race. The main thing was for the children to experience teamwork and team spirit, and learn how to interact with their team mates. There will be competitions and victories in the future, as Uralkali’s basketball project includes a number of events and financially supports participation in competitions and training camps.

As part of the project, in 2014, Uralkali set up the “POTASH BASKET Junior” basketball league for students in the second, third and fourth grades and 168 children trained and enjoyed recreational activities at the “Skazka” camp. Older project participants took part in the Christmas Tornado Cup in Kaunas, Lithuania, and participated in Russian national tournaments in Moscow and Yekaterinburg. Early in the summer, 120 boys from Berezniki and Solikamsk took part in the Russian Mini-basketball Festival in Anapa. Grigory Tunev came third in the captain’s competition. In addition, over 90 juniors from Berezniki and Solikamsk attended sports camps in Serbia and Bulgaria.

In September, Uralkali’s basketball project supported games held by VITA, a basketball league in the Urals and Siberia for teenagers born in 2000 and 2001. In autumn, the “Potash Basket — 1” team took first place in the championship of the Perm region among teenagers born in 2001. Based on the results of the tournament, Nikita Sosunov was awarded the title of best defender in the Perm region, and Savely Nedybalyuk was named the best attacker. After good results at the regional championships in Yekaterinburg, the basketball project team reached the semi-finals of the Russian Championships, which will be held in February 2015.

Mikhail Presnyakov, Manager of Uralkali’s basketball project commented:

Thanks to funding from Uralkali, almost 1,400 children from Berezniki and Solikamsk have the opportunity to train free-of-charge, and they are trained by qualified coaches, including experts from Serbia. As part of the project, we have founded 8 basketball centres in Solikamsk schools, 14 in Berezniki schools and 3 in kindergartens. Children are provided with sports kit. Specially-formed teams go to competitions in other towns and play for Berezniki and Solikamsk. In late 2014, we officially registered the ‘Potash Basket’ basketball club. Now our teams can play under the club’s name, and the audiences will recognise and remember our players. This is good motivation for the coaches and children to make further progress. At the ‘Golden Ball’ ceremony in January 2015 we will give awards to the athletes and coaches who have achieved excellent results.

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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