Local community support projects
Developing and enhancing relations with local communities is a mutually beneficial process and remains a strategic priority for EVRAZ. The Group provides support to residents in a number of areas, including improving urban infrastructure; sponsoring sports, educational and cultural initiatives; and providing assistance to socially vulnerable groups, especially children with disabilities and orphans.
EVRAZ is an active participant in many events at federal, regional, and local levels, including initiatives that involve cooperation with local authorities and supporting non-profit organizations. We believe that such interaction with stakeholders contributes to the accelerated development of the social environment, the industry, and EVRAZ itself.
Participation in federal and international initiatives
The Group pays great attention to significant local and international projects that align with our strategy and policies: we take part in these, and also organise and support some events.
|Industry and corporate events||Cultural and social events|
In 2020 over 400 employees and 15 speakers participated in the annual BSE-summit, which was held in an online format. For three days Business System of EVRAZ (BSE) representatives from seven cities of Russia and North America dicussed potential areas of future collaboration and cooperative development.
EVRAZ employees participated in the WorldSkills Hi-Tech Championship 2020, where a number of them received awards for their outstanding professional skills.
EVRAZ sponsored the second public Common Cause forum in Novokuznetsk, which was dedicated to the work of social activists and NGOs and held in a digital format this year.
In 2020 we also partnered the III International Festival of Chamber Performances WINDOWS and the regional Vysotsky Poetry and Song Festival in Novokuznetsk.
EVRAZ has established three main priority areas for investment in the regions where we operate.
EVRAZ’s three areas of social investment
- Financing the improvement of youth-orientated educational, sports, cultural and medical institutions, their equipment and facilities.
- Sponsoring educational programmes for children and young people, and providing scholarships.
- Supporting children in orphanages and children left without parental care.
- Supporting children with special needs and their families.
- Organising educational and entertainment events for employees’ children.
- Improving local urban infrastructures.
- Sponsoring medical, educational, and cultural institutions at both federal and local level.
- Funding infrastructure projects, including building roads, streets, and embankments.
- Funding local sports institutions, purchasing sports equipment, and improving facilities.
- Funding corporate sport as an important part of corporate culture: organising sports events, competitions, and training programmes for employees and local residents.
- Funding amateur and professional sports teams and individual athletes.
EVRAZ contributes to the all-round development of children and young people by financing improvements to educational, cultural, medical, and sports facilities. EVRAZ participates in numerous federal youth programmes and works closely with academic institutions, in efforts to finance and support children and young people. In addition, EVRAZ for Kids projects are aimed at the physical, intellectual and social rehabilitation of children with disabilities.
|Nizhny Tagil||Helped educational and preschool institutions prepare for the new academic year: Nizhniy Tagil Mining and Metallurgical College, a boarding school for hearing-impaired and deaf children, and Joy kindergardens.|
|Refurbished and equipped with necessary furniture and electronic appliances the assembly hall of school No. 1.|
|Installed modern equipment to train future welders and specialists in electrical work at school No. 49 and the Nizhny Tagil Mining and Metallurgical College.|
|Brodovo||Equipped a medical office in kindergarden and school No. 19, and donated toys and sports equipment.|
|Novokuznetsk||Sponsored equipment upgrades in the Electrical machines and devices laboratory in the Kuznetsk Metallurgical College.|
|Sponsored the creation of an educational and production workshop for training students at the Novokuznetsk Transport and Technological College.|
|Sponsored setting up a workshop to improve the quality of training for electricians at the Kuznetsk industrial technical school.|
|Helped equip two classrooms of school No. 81 with modern furniture.|
|Sponsored the setting up of two scientific and educational centres at the Siberian State Industrial University.|
|Mezhdurechensk||Carried out a major overhaul of Kindergarden No. 18.|
|Tashtagol||Sponsored equipment upgrades in welding and locksmith shops in the Tashtagol College of Mining Technologies and Services.|
|Kaz||Funded the repair of the roof of school No. 24|
|Novokuznetsk||Installed a multifunctional sports ground, a training area, and a games complex in the suburban area of House of Childhood No. 95 at the Zhemchuzhinka health centre.|
|Created a sports complex at the Ringing Pines health camp, a structural subdivision of the Island of Hope orphanage.|
|Nizhny Tagil, Novokuznetsk, Mezhdurechensk, Kachkanar||Organised for the children of employees an online quiz called First-class Games.|
|Novokuznetsk||Organised online masterclasses to develop voice skills, a sense of humour, yoga, and clowning workshops for children from orphanages No. 95 and Island of Hope.|
|Novokuznetsk, Mezhdurechensk, Tashtagol||Organised vocal masterclasses for schoolchildren with the help of the group BOSAYA.|
|Nizhny Tagil, Kachkanar||Prepared two New Year’s interactive shows for the children of employees.|
|Gave New Year gifts to over 20 thousand children.|
|Nizhny Tagil, Kachkanar||Purchased modern equipment for physiotherapy rooms at the Nizhny Tagil children’s hospital and the Kachkanar children’s polyclinic to rehabilitate children after operations and injuries.|
|Supporting socially vulnerable children and their families|
|Novokuznetsk||Purchased clothes and footwear, as well as household appliances and bedding, for 9- and 11-grade students at the orphanages Rovesnik, Island of Hope, and House of Childhood No. 95.|
|Organised a 10-day hippotherapy course for over 60 children with disabilities of employees of the Group’s Siberian enterprises.|
|Nizhny Tagil||Supported projects of the Live, baby charity: a social taxi for disabled children and Palliative School.|
|Sponsored the setting up of the crisis centre Baby and Mom.|
|Organised a series of photo-, hippo-, aqua- and art therapy sessions for children with cerebral palsy.|
EVRAZ endeavours to improve the quality of life of local people by investing in developing urban infrastructures in the towns, cities, and regions of operation. We sponsor, finance, and support a number of medical, educational, and cultural projects.
|Novokuznetsk||Installed an openwork cast-iron fence along the pedestrian zone of Metallurgov Avenue.|
|Equipped a porch and a ramp of a boarding house for people with disabilities with a safety covering.|
|Mezhdurechensk||Sponsored the refurbishment of a pedestrian tunnel.|
|Sponsored the refurbishment of Prazdnichnaya Square, including installation of fountains and benches.|
|Installed new lighting on three streets.|
|Sheregesh||Helped restore a pedestrian street.|
|Tashtagol, Sheregesh, Guryevsk, Kaltan||Supplied around 236 thousand tonnes of crushed stone-sand mixture for the improvement of social facilities.|
|Guryevsk||Repaired the building of the cinema Yunost and the adjacent square.|
|Nizhny Tagil, Kachkanar||Prepared combined heat and power plants, which provide heat to the sites of enterprises and residential and social facilities, for the heating season.|
|Nizhnyaya Tura||Repair work on the 40 years of October street.|
|Novokuznetsk||Restored Tank T-34 for participation in the Victory Parade. Together with the Museum of Military and Labour Glory of Kuznetsk Metallurgists, the tank forms part of a memorial complex on Victory Square.|
|Acted as a partner of the III International Festival of Chamber Performances WINDOWS, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Kuzbass.|
|Provided grant support to the second Common Cause public forum, dedicated to the digital work of social activists.|
|Novokuznetsk, Mezhdurechensk||Took part in the Garden of Memory campaign, including donating tree seedlings and helping to plant them.|
|Mezhdurechensk||Purchased a LED monitor, an acoustic system, and a mixing console for the Raspadskiy Palace of Culture.|
|Nizhny Tagil||Sponsored staging of the play “Demidovs” at the Nizhniy Tagil Drama Theater.|
|Ust-Utka village||Sponsored setting up the Ust-Utka village museum of history.|
|Dubna (Tula Region)||Sponsored the restoration of the Masolov Estate and establishing a History of metallurgy museum.|
|Novokuznetsk||Donated a portable ultrasound machine to Novokuznetsk Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 1.|
|Tashtagol||Funded the purchase of medical equipment and cars for the Tashtagol regional hospital.|
EVRAZ: City of Friends – City of Ideas
The annual grant contest EVRAZ: City of Friends – City of Ideas is another EVRAZ initiative to support local communities, and has traditionally been held in Nizhny Tagil, Kachkanar, Novokuznetsk, and Mezhdurechensk. The contest consists of a number of projects geared towards engaging local residents in improving their cities’ infrastructure and social environments. As part of this contest participants showcase project ideas, which are carefully assessed. The most socially significant receive grants and are implemented.
In 2020, 44 winners were awarded grants totalling US$229 thousand.
24 projects from Siberia and 20 best ideas from the Urals were chosen, based on the votes of the residents of the cities and the professional opinions of EVRAZ experts.
Examples of grant-winning projects
EVRAZ pays close attention to the health and well-being of employees and local residents. The Group strives to provide healthy lifestyle opportunities by developing the sports infrastructure and equipping sports organisations in the regions where we operate. EVRAZ also supports the development of professional and amateur sports by organising sports events, as well as sponsoring various teams.
|Novokuznetsk||Supplied materials for the construction of the Kuzbass Ice Sports Palace.|
|Tula||Sponsored the participation of the Thai Boxing Federation athletes in competitions.|
|Kachkanar||Sponsored the participation of the sports school Sambo and Judo in away competitions.|
|Sponsored the participation of the Olymp sports school’s football team in away competitions.|
|Helped create and improve the communal infrastructure of the Martial Arts Palace.|
|Sponsored the construction and equipping of a multifunctional sports complex, the children’s sports school Rhythm.|
|Novokuznetsk||Organised a cross-country skiing event at the Novoilinsky district track.|
|Supported the organisation of the Ski Track of Russia – 2020 mass race event.|
|Organised a volleyball tournament with the participation of the Moscow volleyball team Dynamo.|
|Organised an open winter football championship at the Abagursky branch.|
|Organised an e-sports competition for Abagursky branch employees.|
|Created a series of video training sessions with the participation of employees.|
|Organised a track and field event for employees in the Garden of Metallurgists.|
|Organised sports competitions Mom, Dad, and I are a sports family! In the Garden of Metallurgists.|
|Kachkanar||Organised a track and field race called Health Path for employees of the branch.|
|Kachkanar, Nizhny Tagil||Organised the Five Peaks ski trip in collaboration with the trade union committee and Uralets sports club.|
|Nizhny Tagil||Organised shooting competitions “Cup of the cities of the Urals and Siberia”.|
|Tashtagol||Held the 17th Andrey Sevenyuk corporate alpine skiing and snowboarding competition.|
|Tula||Organised pre-competition training events for Paralympic athletes.|
|Novokuznetsk||Sponsored the Bars team of paintball players.|
|Kachkanar||Sponsored the Gornyak-EVRAZ football club.|
|Tula||Began sponsoring the professional football club ARSENAL.|
|Nizhny Tagil||Sponsored the Uralochka-NTMK volleyball club.|
|Sponsored participation in competitions and purchasing sports equipment and ammunition for young taekwondo fighters, athletes and volleyball players.|
|Supporting development of the youth bandy team.|
For many years, volunteers from various EVRAZ divisions have been actively involved in voluntary activities in the areas of supporting children in challenging life situations and orphans, through organising social, cultural, and sports events, as well as environmental initiatives. The high level of self-organisation and social responsibility of employees allows the Group’s volunteering movement to exist without any formalisation or coordination by management. Regular coverage of volunteering activities in corporate media helps keep the involved employees motivated and contributes to the further development of the movement.
Other new projects
In 2020 EVRAZ implemented a number of unique initiatives in the cultural sphere. This included projects to support the historical heritage of various regions, as well as participating in organising musical events.
EVRAZ NTMK electronic time capsule
To mark the 80th anniversary of EVRAZ NTMK, an electronic time capsule with video messages for future metallurgists was installed at the plant.
The capsule will store for future generations short video messages from metallurgists and residents of Nizhny Tagil and Kachkanar. Anyone could record a message; in order to do so, they had to make a video and post it on a social network. 72 people took part in the project, and during the preparation of the film, EVRAZ NTMK collected 100 GB and 2,160 minutes’ worth of material.
At the moment the capsule is sealed, and a countdown clock is ticking on the project website. The video will be available on Metallurgist Day in 2040, when EVRAZ NTMK celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The film Mission – To Win: history of metallurgists in World War II
This film is devoted to the heroism displayed by metallurgists and miners during World War II and was created by EVRAZ to mark the 75th anniversary of victory in that war, and was dedicated to EVRAZ employees that worked in factories during the war years. Mission – to Win received over 990,000 views on various platforms, including YouTube, Vkontakte, and Odnoklassniki.
EVRAZ became a general partner of the III International Festival of Chamber Performances WINDOWS
EVRAZ participated in organising the III International Festival of Chamber Performances WINDOWS, which was held online this year by the Novokuznetsk Drama Theatre. This time, the festival was dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Kuzbass, and its main theme was Theatre in an Industrial Space. The festival programme, which has already become a tradition in Novokuznetsk, included 20 performances created not earlier than 2015. Every week, from 16 September to 16 December on the YouTube channel of the Novokuznetsk Drama Theatre foreign and Russian chamber performances were broadcasted. Also, within the framework of the festival, masterclasses and public talks were held with the creators of the performances. The participants exchanged views on how modern theatre and industrial cities can influence each other.
EVRAZ became a partner of the regional song festival Vysotsky in Novokuznetsk
EVRAZ became a partner of the regional song festival Vysotsky in Novokuznetsk. Over 70 singers took part in the event, which was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in World War II. People competed in five main nominations: Best author, Best performer, Best ensemble, Best dedication to Vysotsky, and Best performance of a song by Vysotsky. The festival was held for the 19th time, and is a well-established and popular cultural event for the people of Novokuznetsk.