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Uralkali Sponsors Sculpture Festival

03.07.2012
Uralkali Sponsors Sculpture Festival

Uralkali was general sponsor of “Perm Sea”, the first International Festival of Sylvinite and Metal Sculptures, held in Berezniki in June. 10 artists were selected to participate in the Festival: Joseph Ray Autry (USA), Lawrence Macfarlane (Canada), Agnece Rudzite (Latvia), Vyacheslav Baryshnikov (Ukraine) and Russian sculptors Alexei Tatarinov, Ingrid Struenze, Ivan Loktukhin, Alexander Savinov, Alexander Parfenov and Andrei Barakhvostov became the winners of elimination round.

Sylvinite is one of basic minerals found in the Upper Kama (Verkhnekamskoye) salt deposit, mostly consisting of potassium, magnesium and sodium salt crystals. Sylvinite ore is the basic raw material used to produce potash fertilisers. The mineral was generated about 250 million years ago due to sea evaporation during the Permian geologic period. This is the first time that sylvinite ore has been used for art works. The sculptors have previously made art works using traditional materials, as well as ice, snow and sand.

As general sponsor, Uralkali provided the participants with solid blocks of sylvinite. Seventeen blocks were cut to size underground by the Ural-50 mining machine, and delivered to the surface from the 400m deep Solikamsk-3 mine.

“The Festival is a unique cultural event for the Perm region and beyond. We believe that this project could be the catalyst for the Perm region and Upper Kama area to strengthen relations with other regions and countries,” said Andrei Musikhin, Uralkali’s Manager for Regional Development.

The artists developed a varied range of images in their sculptures. Ukrainian artist Vyacheslav Baryshnikov depicted a tambourine-playing shaman sitting on an ancient snail. Joseph Ray Autry (USA) cut fantastic sylvinite marine flowers. Lawrence Macfarlane (Canada) made his art work object a trilobite, an extinct marine arthropod that lived on Earth 570 million years ago and remains an enigma for paleontologists.

Overall, using sylvinite as a medium for art was warmly received by the sculptors.

“Sylvinite is softer than marble and more malleable, so it’s easier to cut figures and it takes less time – what takes half a year with marble, you can achieve in a week with sylvinite,” said Alexander Savinov, a sculptor from Yekaterinburg.

The sylvinite art works will be located in public areas in Berezniki. It is hoped the Festival will become a regular event

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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