Respecting human rights has always been our core principle. EVRAZ does not tolerate discrimination of any kind, whether it be based on gender, social status or class, or any other factors not directly related to an employee’s professional qualities. It is crucial for us to comply with international human rights laws, hence we have corporate documents ensuring this compliance, such as the Code of Business Conduct. These documents guarantee equal employment opportunities for everyone. Our employees are provided with freedom of association and collective bargaining. Child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, and other forms of slavery (known as modern slavery) are strictly prohibited at all EVRAZ subsidiaries, including their suppliers.
To better address the issue of modern slavery, we conduct risk assessments to determine the aspects of our business and our suppliers and subcontractors that pose risks in this area. We publish the Modern Slavery Transparency Statement annually, in accordance with the requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act. Based on the results of risk assessments we conduct due diligences of our suppliers. We also aim to ensure that all high-risk suppliers are familiar with respective obligations to comply with legal requirements to eliminate modern slavery in their businesses and to self-report breaches to us.
In 2020 EVRAZ paid special attention to the issue of human rights. In May 2020 we elaborated and published two documents on human rights: the Human Rights Policy and Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
At EVRAZ we are committed to creating and supporting a work environment that is free from discrimination of any kind. All work-related decisions on current and potential employees are made based only on their professional skills and qualities, experience, and abilities. Furthermore, job positions are allocated to people with disabilities to ensure that they are provided with job opportunities. In total, 241 positions have been allocated for people with disabilities and 285 are currently occupied, therefore the staffing level here is 118%. However, some divisions are in the process of filling quotas, and we are now working to fill the remaining positions.
The low percentage of women within the employee structure is due to legislative restrictions related to women working in hazardous industries. The bulk of permanent employees (73.7%) are men, while most temporary employees (62.9%) are women – this is because when women go on maternity leave their posts are occupied by other women working under temporary employment contracts.
During the reporting year, EVRAZ considered boardroom diversity, especially in view of the need to appoint up to two new independent non-executive directors to replace those standing down having served terms of nine years. The Board hopes to be able to appoint another female director and a director who will broaden the Board’s ethnic diversity.