URALCHEM is engaged in charitable activities in the form of the following programs:
- URALCHEM Supporting Children (assistance to preschool institutions, orphanages, schools, children's sport clubs, hobby groups, charitable foundations, children's recreation organisations and other activities and projects aimed at promoting health, education and leisure activities for children);
- URALCHEM Supporting Veterans (assistance to veterans of the Great Patriotic War, military operations, retirees, disabled persons, veterans' organisations, funds of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, festive event committees, etc.);
- URALCHEM Supporting Regions (urban development: roads, landscaping, transport, planting, environmental activities, litter pick-ups and other events of regional importance);
- URALCHEM Supporting Education and Science (assistance to universities, financing of research work, the School – Higher Educational Institution – Employer programme and various vocational guidance activities);
- URALCHEM Supporting Cultural Traditions (events in the field of culture and art, help to museums, churches and assistance in organising concerts, exhibitions and festivals of federal significance);
- URALCHEM Supporting Sports (support of federations in various sport, sport schools, championships and competitions).
The Company's charitable and sponsorship activities are grounded in the internal Policy on Charitable and Sponsorship Activities and are carried out in accordance with Russia's Federal Laws on Charitable Activities and Charitable Organisations and on Advertising.
Charity and sponsorship expenses are evaluated for efficiency against the areas and principles set out in the Policy on Charitable and Sponsorship Activities and the relevant budgets. When choosing projects, preference is given to the most socially significant ones.
In 2019, URALCHEM Group allocated 662.2 million roubles for charitable programmes. This amount represents a 23% increase year-on-year.
URALCHEM SUPPORTING CHILDREN
This is one of the main programmes in the company’s charitable and sponsorship activity. This support is focused on the intellectual, cultural, physical and moral development of children and youth and the development of civil society. Annually the company assists in the implementation of such projects as" Kadetstvo","Zarnitsa Povolzhya", the rally of search teams as " No one is forgotten","Return childhood", "Intellectual Olympics". The program includes annual events and support for various organisations and educational institutions. Thus, students of the Khorlovo boarding school for handicapped children received new household appliances with the assistance of the VMF plant. The branch also allocated funds for youth camping events held under the auspices of Patriotic Centre Aquarium and Military/Search Team Threshold 2014.
The PMF Branch sponsored the creation of educational space Eco-town on the premises of School No. 132.
Since 2010, Kirovo-Chepetsk nursery schools have been overhauled and fitted with new rooms. Nursery school No. 1 added a class for children of 3–6 years old in 2019; it features digital learning environment and advanced equipment for developing intellectual abilities. A babyhood group was created in Nursery school No. 22. URALCHEM closely cooperates with Kirovo-Chepetsk schools, offering them financial support and helping them implementat projects.
The Azot Branch supports gifted children, develops children’s sports and organises spectacular events useful to school students. Under this URALCHEM programme, it sent the best creative teams of the Azot Leisure Centre to a number of contests and festivals in 2019. The plant also provided charitable assistance to local dance studio Jam attended by some 200 children and teenagers.
URALCHEM SUPPORTING VETERANS
VMF has a social programme for former employees, which includes organisation of their leisure activities and provision of monthly financial support. The plant’s veterans association of nearly 3,000 members has been playing an important role in local social and sports activities for over 30 years. In 2019, tours around ancient towns of the Moscow region—along with a few other educational and cultural events—were arranged for former enterprise employees.
Every year, about RUB 10 million are allocated to KCKK's Veterans Council, one of the biggest in the region. KCKK also supports the Kirovo-Chepetsk branch of the Russian Association of Afghan War Veterans, and Kirovo-Chepetsk Veterans Council.
The PMF Branch pays much attention to its retirees too. It supports the plant’s Veterans Council numbering about 390 people. PMF provides quarterly financing for its former employees and funds their rehabilitation. The plant supports the retirees in sports and leisure while also organising entertaining events on holidays.
Azot’s veterans association located in Berezniki numbers some 2,300 members and is considered among the most active social organisations in town. URALCHEM’s branch provides financial assistance for its former employees; it arranges cultural events for them and reimburses for their health resort expenses. The branch’s support allows them to take trips around Russia and to visit historic and cultural sites of the Ural region.
URALCHEM SUPPORTING REGIONS
The programme constitutes one of the company’s major scopes of charitable activity. Every year, URALCHEM signs social partnership agreements with Kirov regional authorities whose interests company employees represent at the region’s Parliament. The holding provides financial support for important projects in education, culture and sports. A Good Harvest campaign is conducted annually enabling women of 55+ years old receive free KCKK fertilisers for their garden plots. URALCHEM’s cooperation with Kirovo-Chepetsk covers multiple projects. The plant annually supports the Safe Town programme and assists in the implementation of local initiatives. 11 out of 12 Kirovo-Chepetsk projects were completed with URALCHEM’s assistance last year. The enterprise cooperates with regional social organisations, sponsoring various contests and events. Such town-wide holidays as Victory Day and Town Day are also supported by KCKK.
Under URALCHEM’s programme, the PMF Branch offered charity foundation Inhabited Ural financial assistance to develop free mobile application Clean Perm. It enables users to see the nearest of Perm region’s 800 separate waste collection points. Some points even accept wastes for money. Waste sorting has also been used for many years on the premises of the PMF Branch.
VMF supported the repair works in children’s art school Lyre. That is a municipal enterprise with classes in piano, bayan, accordion, domra, balalaika, guitar, violin and cello. The school also has painting and choreography departments.
In 2019, the Azot Branch allocated funds for the local Town Day. Besides, it provides annual support for Perm region’s youth movement The Leaders League to implement social initiatives, such as environmental campaigns, volunteer help for the aged and the handicapped, and other local events. The branch traditionally supports Leisure Centre Azot attended by the plant’s employees and other town dwellers. 2019 saw the ongoing renewal of the Sports Palace, the Lenin Leisure Centre and the ski training ground. All in all, RUB 27 million were allocated for that purpose. Azot Branch employees who are members of the local Parliament make active efforts to improve Berezniki. A number of projects were implemented with Azot’s help in 2019: children’s playgrounds were installed, contest My Yard Is the Most Beautiful was organised, New Year’s Eve celebration was arranged for children from socially vulnerable families, etc.
URALCHEM SUPPORTING EDUCATION AND SCIENCE
Under this charity programme, URALCHEM purchased an interactive globe and software for Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Faculty of Global Studies in 2019.
The company’s PMF Branch supported Nikitin Reading, an international soil-science conference held in the Perm State Agro-Technological University named after Academician D. N. Pryanishnikov. The event gathered researchers of Russia’s and the world’s leading agricultural schools. It featured seven panels where experts discussed soil evolution and degradation in various parts of the world and shared their experience in soil fertility improvement.
As part of VMF’s social partnership with regional education authorities, the enterprise supported municipal research contest Science Day and chemical quest Long Live Science!. It also implemented URALCHEMISTRY, a large-scale scientific/educational project involving 23 educational institutions.
The Azot Branch closely cooperates with Berezniki Polytechnic College, Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU) and its Berezniki branch, Berezniki Construction College, Tomsk Polytechnic University and other educational institutions. It helps them upgrade their facilities and resources while also awarding personal scholarships for good academic performance and extensive scientific research. The plant also cooperates with Berezniki Education Administration. In 2019, it sponsored Teacher’s Day and Sails of Success, a professional contest for teachers.
URALCHEM SUPPORTING CULTURAL TRADITIONS
VMF helped organise youth festival Colors of Summer and children’s festival of creativity and innovation Say Yes to Your Dream. The enterprise gave grants to creative groups of Leisure Centre Khimik named after N. I. Doktorov. They had taken an active part in the events and performed successfully at national and international contests and festivals.
Under this programme, URALCHEM’s Azot Branch held Chemfest, an annual event very much enjoyed by Berezniki inhabitants. This is a town-wide holiday for which Russian pop stars are invited. Every year the Azot Branch supports the Church of Our Lady of Praise located in Usolsky District, Perm region. The plant also donated to two temples in 2019: St. Luke Voyno-Yasenetsky’s (Berezniki, Perm region) and Candlemas Temple (Romanovo, Usolsky District).
URALCHEM SUPPORTING SPORTS
URALCHEM JSC has been the general partner of the All-Russian Swimming Federation (RSF) for more than 10 years. Active financial support allows the Russian team to successfully participate in international competitions - World and European Aquatics Championships, the Olympic Summer Festival and others. URALCHEM annually provides charitable assistance to the children's hockey tournament as “Golden Puck”. Its goal is to educate a healthy young generation by substantive involvement of children and teenagers in regular hockey classes. The total coverage of the competition participants is about 30 thousand players.
For a number of years, URALCHEM’s PMF and Azot branches have been providing financial and organisational assistance for swimming sports in the Perm region. This has helped improve the functioning of the local Swimming Federation. Five regional competitions were held successfully in 2019. Perm region’s swimming team won 85 medals in national and smaller-scale tournaments. In addition, URALCHEM JSC has been providing financial assistance to the Boxing Federation of the Perm Krai for a long time.
Berezniki plant funds sports classes held in the Azot Sports Centre and allocates money to the Fire-Fighting Sport Federation.
The KCKK Branch supports a Kirovo-Chepetsk ice hockey school for children and funds the town’s competitions in Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, football and swimming. URALCHEM is also the general partner of Kirov region’s Swimming Federation.
VMF partners annual running events Voskresensk Mile and We Choose Health, as well as regional competition Kolomna Gullies. In 2019, the enterprise supported the events dedicated to the anniversary of Nikolay Epshtein, a legendary coach of ice hockey club Khimik.