Forbes has ranked Nornickel as Russia’s No. 1 industrial company by COVID-19 spending. Up to this day, Nornickel has allocated RUB 20 bn to combat the disease, buying more than 460,000 coronavirus tests and over 250,000 express antibody test kits, two stationary, seven mobile and 15 minilabs, five ambulance cars, around 400 thermal imaging systems, personal protective equipment (including more than 10 mln masks) and over 350 ventilators.
In Norilsk, SME clients were offered RUB 61 mln in freight delivery discounts, while 27 non-profit organisations received utility payment subsidies. A further RUB 100 mln was spent to provide local businesses with personal protective equipment, all in addition to food packages. The Company also supplied UV germicidal irradiation devices and sanitiser dispensers to pre-school and supplementary education institutions and purchased 12,000 PCR test kits for everyone arriving at Norilsk’s Alykel Airport. Additionally, the Norilsk State Industrial Institute received 100,000 medical masks, together with infrared thermometers and UV germicidal irradiation devices.
“We need to take part of the load off the government. As we have a safety buffer, we must first of all provide our employees with health protection and social guarantees. On top of that, we should support municipalities and towns (single-industry towns in particular) where we operate,” said Norilsk Nickel’s President Vladimir Potanin.