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Uralkali Employees Celebrate Miners Day

29.08.2011
Uralkali Employees Celebrate Miner’s Day

For the first time Uralkali has celebrated the Miner’s Day as a consolidated company.

46 employees of the consolidated company Uralkali received high professional awards. Two employees of Uralkali - Vladimir Skorobogatov and Alexey Ovsyannikov – were honoured with titles “Honourable Miner”. Three mining machine operators – Nikolay Gladkikh, Alexey Kovalev and Vladimir Doshchennikov – became full cavaliers of the highest miner's award – Order of "Miner's Glory”. 19 miners and mine constructor were awarded with “Miner's Glory” of the II and III degrees. 22 more employees received Certificates of Honour and Letters of Gratitude of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation. Awards were distributed on a gala party, and the performance of the TV-project “People’s Artist” finalist Marina Devyatova became a gift for miners.

Just before the Miner’s Day the results of a professional skill competition among the teams of mining machine operators were drawn. Ten teams from five mines of the company in the cities of Solikamsk and Berezniki were declared winners. A total of 140 miners took part in the professional skill competition. Winners and the best employees were honoured during celebrations in the “Uralskiye Samotsvety” country resort. Miners celebrated in the recreated atmosphere of a national Park for Recreation and Leisure of the middle of the XX century, they recollected those years' favorite entertainments and songs. Sportsmen of “The Athletes of Russia” Federation prepared special exhibition performances for miners.

Mining traditions of Uralkali are set up by veterans. There were miner's parties in the Councils of Veterans of every mining operation, and gala celebrating of the Miner’s Day for veteran miners took place in “Uralskoye Razdolye” country resort.

Eugeny Kotlyar, Director of Operation of OJSC "Uralkali":

The Miner’s Day is one of Uralkali's major professional holidays. More than five thousand people work underground extracting ore, delivering miners to underground sites, servicing mining equipment. Underground miners are our “golden reserve”. Five mines of the merged company ensure reliable supplies of ore to seven processing plants. Potash fertiliser output depends on mined ore tonnages. Over 20 million tonnes of ore was mined in Berezniki and Solikamsk mines in H1 2011 only. New targets are in front of us. I am sure that the most challenging production targets are well within the range of combined Uralkali's miners.

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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