Metalloinvest holds its first gathering of corporate volunteers
26 September 2019
Metalloinvest held its first meeting for corporate volunteers, hosting more than 120 volunteers from the Company’s enterprises. The two-day event took place in the Vmeste Park resort in Stary Oskol and the “Yamskaya Steppe” nature reserve near Gubkin.
Event participants attended from OEMK, Lebedinsky GOK, Mikhailovsky GOK, Ural Steel, Management Company Metalloinvest, Metalloinvest Corporate Service and the Media Centre. Representatives of KMAruda and NLMK Group also took part in the event.
Julia Mazanova, Social Policy and Corporate Communications Director, Management Company Metalloinvest, said: “The Company’s social policy is focused on our workers, their families, and the residents of the regions in which we operate. In developing a comfortable and friendly living environment, a lot depends on the personal participation and engagement of local residents. Today, 815 people are involved in Metalloinvest’s voluntary organisation. They are the leaders of change, focused on doing good deeds. We are delighted that colleagues from other companies working in those regions also support Metalloinvest’s scheme. By working together, we will be able to do more.”
The opening of the office of the Belgorod branch of the National Council of Corporate Volunteering (NCCV) was the main event of the first day. The representation is headed by Ekaterina Ragulina, an employee of OEMK, and unites the voluntary resources of dozens of domestic and international companies.
Sergey Shishkovets, Managing Director of OEMK, commented: “The voluntary movement began a year ago at OEMK. They are passionate, energetic people who are always ready to show initiative and take part in solving common problems. It goes without saying that OEMK will continue to support volunteers - our employees.”
Oleg Mikhailov, Managing Director of Lebedinsky GOK, remarked: “An increasing number of our employees are involved in voluntary activities. When people start to care about what surrounds them, be it other humans, animals or the environment, it changes our relationship with the world for the better.”
An educational session was organised to immerse the participants in the subject of volunteering. Meeting participants found out how to successfully work as a team and motivate each member to achieve the common goal. The “PR and Media” session was equally useful and interesting, and instructed volunteers on how to effectively advance projects using mass media.
Vadim Kovalev, Chairman of NCCV and the First Deputy CEO of the Association of Managers, added: “Corporate volunteering is a space for creativity. Companies like Metalloinvest, which thoughtfully build a strategy around volunteering, create opportunities for the personal and professional growth of their employees. This is very important in a modern working environment.”
Viktoria Murzintseva, an OEMK volunteer, said: “The gathering gave me new opportunities for self-fulfilment and study. Previously, I often participated in various activities. Last year, we held a voluntary eco clean-up day on a Saturday together with other volunteers from the plant. I understand the need for such initiatives and I am ready for new opportunities to do good.”
On the second day of the event, volunteers took part in an environmental project in the “Yamskaya Steppe” nature reserve. It is located close to Lebedinsky GOK and the plant constantly monitors the preservation of unique ecosystems in the nature reserve. Volunteers uprooted stumps, trimmed the trees and cut down vines on the shrubs. A stable for breeding Przewalski's horses will soon be opened in this area.
Oleg Mikhailov, Managing Director of Lebedinsky GOK, explained: “For almost half a century, Lebedinsky GOK has cooperated with the Yamskaya Steppe nature reserve. We have been continuously monitoring the condition and evolution of this unique environmental landscape. We are working to reduce human impact and preserve biodiversity.”
Metalloinvest launched the “Respond!” corporate volunteering programme in 2018. The programme started in Stary Oskol and Gubkin in the Belgorod region and in 2019 it was launched in Zheleznogorsk (Kursk region) and in Novotroitsk (Orenburg region). Employees care for the environment, save homeless animals, help the vulnerable sections of society and organise sports events.