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Uralkali geologists attend 7th All-Russian Geologists' Convention

01.11.2012
Uralkali geologists attend 7th All-Russian Geologists' Convention

The 7th All-Russian Geologists' Convention was held in Moscow from 24th to 27th October 2012. Uralkali was represented by Yuri Plotnikov, Chief Geologist and head of the department for geological and exploration projects (far right in the photo), and Aleksey Kouchev, head of the chief geologist's department (far left).

The key themes discussed at the convention included the current status of geological science as well as the legislative changes needed for the efficient use of subsoil and for effective personnel training.

In order to draw the government’s attention to these problems, the convention's participants came to the decision to send a written request to the State Duma of the Russian Federation for amendments to the key ‘On Subsoil’ and ‘On Public Procurement’ laws.

Proposals and projects discussed at the event were supported by fellow participant Sergey Donskoy, Russian Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment:

It is very important for Uralkali's geologists to remain involved in work on amendments to the ‘On Subsoil’ law,” said Yuri Plotnikov. “We are keen to provide professional development for our specialists. In addition, we are looking into alternative sources of funding for our geological and exploration activities. One option would be to allocate a portion of the extraction tax to geological and exploration activities paid for by the federal budget. Another major issue is obtaining permission for a drilling site on a land plot with a long-term lease.

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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