Nornickel invests in social infrastructure and human capital, prioritising continuous improvements to quality of life for employees and their families as a core pillar of its strategy.
The Company is committed to ensuring the well-being of its people by offering them healthcare and health resort treatment programmes, as well as by improving living conditions and the social environment. Under the Corporate Healthcare project, both private healthcare services and the public healthcare system are developed in the Company’s key regions of operation: the Norilsk Region and the Kola Peninsula. The RUB 10 billion (about USD 141 million) project, spanning until 2025, aims at providing quality and affordable medical care to Nornickel employees and their families. At the first stage, the existing 40 corporate medical aid posts and 26 medical checkup facilities at the Company’s operating facilities will undergo upgrades and refurbishment. During the second stage, six new healthcare centres will be built in the cities hosting the Company’s operations. The first centre already opened in December 2021 in Norilsk.
With the Company’s focus on improving the living standards in Norilsk and the wider region, this is one of the most important tools to attract and retain skilled talent. In 2021, a four-party agreement was signed with federal and regional authorities to renovate housing and social infrastructure in Norilsk up to 2035, with Nornickel to contribute RUB 81 billion to the total budget of RUB 120 billion. Under the initiative, a master plan for developing Norilsk was greenlit, a social and economic development programme for the city up to 2035 was developed, and a major housing renovation programme was rolled out. The programme also includes the construction and overhaul of social infrastructure (polyclinics, kindergartens, sports centres, the Arctic Museum of Modern Art, tourist attractions and infrastructure, etc.), landscaping (greening the city, landscaping areas adjacent to city parks and recreation camps), the upgrade of local utilities, and the overhaul of local transport infrastructure.
Nornickel is Russia’s No. 1 industrial company by COVID-19 spending, according to a Forbes ranking. The Company allocated over RUB 20 billion to fight coronavirus — not only to protect its own enterprises but also to support local authorities, healthcare and educational institutions, and the socially vulnerable. To ensure employee safety and business continuity, Nornickel established an emergency response team, comprising the Company’s senior management. The team is tasked with taking all the necessary measures to maintain employee health and safety, as well as the continuity of business, supplies, sales, and product promotion. Similar emergency response teams were also stood up at Nornickel’s regional branches. Key measures include protecting employees, ensuring uninterrupted operations, and supporting local communities.
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Nornickel runs the World of New Opportunities charity programme to provide sustainable development capabilities and opportunities to communities across its regions of operation. The programme aims at developing social skills in local communities, demonstrating and introducing new social technologies, supporting and encouraging community initiatives, and creating a favourable environment for cross-sector partnerships.
Nornickel’s corporate volunteering programme comprises a vast array of volunteer and charitable projects across all of Nornickel’s regions of operation: the Norilsk industrial District, the Kola Peninsula, Chita, and Moscow. The programme supports employee volunteers’ own social initiatives, aimed at contributing to the social development of our operating regions and a better quality of life for local communities. At present, the Plant of Goodness volunteer community boasts over 2,500 participants, who have launched and delivered over 350 initiatives between themselves.