Approach to sustainability management

As EVRAZ recognises the significant role that sustainability principles and values play in any business’s growth and prosperity, it works constantly to integrate them into its business processes. At EVRAZ, we consider sustainable development to be an essential part of our success.

We are convinced that optimal efficiency within our sustainability activities can only be achieved by following the best practice enshrined in leading sustainability initiatives and by policymakers. We act in line with the top international standards, including OECD’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the provisions of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 2020, EVRAZ joined the UN Global Compact initiative.

“We are proud to announce that in 2020 EVRAZ has joined one of the leading global sustainable development initiatives – the UN Global Compact. We are continuously working to contribute to the implementation and promotion of the 10 Principles in support of human rights, labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption.”

Alexander Frolov Chief Executive Offcer

In order to ensure that sustainable development issues are considered across the Group’s business processes and operational stages, we have organised activities in this area into four main spheres:

PRIORITY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AREAS

EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING

Providing employees with safe working conditions, wide learning and development opportunities, and competitive compensation packages.

See the sections Our People, and Health and Safety

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Reducing adverse impacts from our operations on the environment.

See the section Environmental management

ECONOMIC STABILITY

Ensuring stable economic growth and creating long-term value for the Group.

See the sections Ethics and business conduct; and Direct economic value generated and distributed

LOCAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Contributing to the achievement of economic prosperity and providing social support in our regions of operation.

See the section Supporting local communities

Our contribution to attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

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EVRAZ fully supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted in 2015 by the UN General Assembly. We are continually performing substantial work in order to contribute to attaining them. As a result of analysing our potential positive and negative impacts on the environment, society, and the business community, we created a list of 11 priority Sustainable Development Goals, which we are constantly striving to achieve.

In 2020, we conducted a questionnaire survey among our internal stakeholders to determine the most pressing SDG to focus on in 2020. These goals are marked “2020 focus” in the table below.

EVRAZ inputs to meet Sustainable Development Goals
SDG Our inputs

2020 focus

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages:

  • High quality compensation packages for employees, which include comprehensive medical insurance for our employees and their families.
  • Initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles among the Group’s employees and local communities. Particular attention is paid to the younger generation.
  • Investing in building sports facilities in EVRAZ’s regions of operation.

See the sections
Our People;
Health, Safety, and Environmental Governance;
Supporting local communities

2020 focus

Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all:

  • Cutting the Group’s freshwater consumption and increasing the quality and volume of recycled water.

See the section
Environmental Management

2020 focus

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all:

  • Lowering electricity use in each segment of the Group.
  • Promoting initiatives aimed at generating electricity internally.

See the section
Environmental Management

2020 focus

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts:

  • Reducing the consumption of energy in the Group’s activities and boosting energy efficiency in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

See the section
Environmental Management

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all:

  • Providing employees with quality professional education opportunities.
  • Supporting education and improving conditions in local educational organisations.

See the sections
Our People;
Supporting local communities

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all:

  • Providing employment opportunities in the regions of operation.
  • Ensuring equal opportunities for all employees.
  • Ensuring prevention of any modern forms of slavery.
  • Meeting our tax obligations.
  • Providing safe working conditions.

See the sections
Our people;
Health, Safety and Environmental Governance;
Supporting local communities;
Responsible supply chain management

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation:

  • Supporting and organising infrastructure development projects in the regions of operation.

See the section
Supporting local communities

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable:

  • Supporting the development of social infrastructure in the regions of operation.
  • Concluding agreements with local authorities to raise living standards.

See the section
Supporting local communities

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns:

  • Reducing the volume of waste generation and increasing the volume of waste recycled.

See the section
Environmental Management

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels:

  • Compliance with all applicable legislation.
  • Respecting human rights.
  • Fostering anti-corruption and bribery initiatives, preventing conflicts of interest.
  • Combating modern forms of slavery.

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable developments:

  • Implementing and supporting sustainability initiatives promoted by Russian and international sector associations and institutions.

See the sections
Environmental Management;
Responsible supply chain management

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Key documents

EVRAZ has elaborated a number of internal corporate documents that govern the Group’s activities in all priority areas of sustainability. The list of regulations, as well as the documents themselves, are regularly revised and updated in order to ensure that they still conform to the rapidly changing external environment. In 2020 EVRAZ elaborated two new policies which address the issue of personnel management: the Human Rights Policy and the Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

The main documents elaborated for the Group and EvrazHolding are the following:

  • The Code of Business Conduct.
  • EVRAZ Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • The Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy.
  • Social Investments Guidelines.
  • The Anti-Corruption Policy.
  • The Hotline Policy.
  • The Policy on Main Procurement Principles.
  • The Human Rights Policy.
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
  • Modern Slavery Statement.

Organisational structure

As the Group strives to ensure the integration of sustainability principles into all its business processes, the sustainable development organisational structure covers all organisational levels of the Group. The Board of Directors and its committees are tasked with determining the general course of EVRAZ’s sustainable development. The CEO and Management Board monitor activities related to sustainability. Directorates, headed by vice-presidents, are responsible for setting respective goals and performing specific tasks corresponding to their functions, and the managers of business segments apply the adopted initiatives in their segments in accordance with their business functions.

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Sustainable development organisational structure