Nornickel fully supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Company considers social responsibility and commitment to the principles of sustainable development as one of the pillars of operational efficiency and business development. Nornickel seeks to continuously improve its activities in the areas of environmental protection, human rights, health and safety, environmental impact assessment, and biodiversity preservation.
In November 2016, Nornickel joined the United Nations Global Compact, which seeks to encourage businesses around the world to recognise and adopt universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Since then, we remain fully committed to these principles. Their integration into the Company’s strategy was initiated back in 2018.
Based on stakeholder engagement, we selected and looked into those SDGs that are most relevant to our operations. In 2019, we performed an in-depth analysis of SDGs and matched them against our current strategy, material risks, goals and commitments, investments in relevant projects and best peer practices. The Company is working towards the UN SDGs up to 2030 by consistently integrating applicable principles into its by-laws and everyday practices.
In our public and non-financial reports we are disclosing key sustainability targets and performance against relevant UN SDGs.
Nornickel’s sustainability priorities:E — environment
Our environmental priorities are guided by our strong commitment to minimising the impact of the Company’s operations on water, air, land and biodiversity, while also ensuring efficient waste management and a responsible approach to tailings.
S — social
In social initiatives, we focus on diversity, inclusion, and strengthening our long-lasting partnerships with local communities in the regions where we operate, including the indigenous people of Taimyr and Trans-Baikal Territory impacted by our production activities.
G — governance
The Company seeks to foster a group-wide corporate culture of partnership and mutual respect shared by every employee. This will help us effectively implement our strategy based on sustainable development principles and enhance the Company’s business reputation.
Our projects and programmes key to achieving SDGs
Good health and well-beingHealth improvement and wellness programme for employees and their familiesVoluntary health insurance for employees and their familiesAir protection projectsWater conservation and sustainable use projectsWaste management projectsOccupational health initiativesCorporate Healthcare projectCOVID-2019 response
Quality educationStaff training and developmentCorporate scholarships for university students and internships with Nornickel Group’s companiesThe World of New Opportunities charity programme: grants for educational institutions and projectsClean water and sanitationWater use improvement and water supply projectsWater conservation and sustainable use projectsAffordable and clean energyAutomation of power consumption metering for commercial purposes across Polar DivisionEnergy efficiency and energy saving projectsProjects to upgrade power and heat generation capacities, electrical grids and heat networks
Decent work and economic growthDecent employee remunerationEmployee involvement in social partnershipsProgrammes to improve social and living conditions for employeesHealth and safety initiativesEmployee involvement in driving health and safety improvementsOperating Unit’s investment projects (concentration and downstream)
Industry, innovation and infrastructureProjects to ramp up production and upgrade processing facilitiesProjects to develop infrastructure across the regions of operation (including transport accessibility improvement) as part of public-private partnerships and agreements with local governmentsProjects to develop power and heat generation, electrical grids and heat networksR&D and feasibility studies to refine the Nornickel Group’s Development Strategy, expand production and protect the environmentProjects to develop transportation and logistics assetsDigitalisation of operational and management processesMeasures to improve reliability of the fibre optic communication line in Norilsk
Reduced inequalitiesComplementary Corporate Pension PlanRelocation assistance to new employeesAssistance programme for residents of Norilsk and Dudinka relocating to regions with better climate and socioeconomic conditionsOur Home and My Home social programmes (purchase of apartments for employees in various Russian regions)
Sustainable cities and communitiesSulphur Programme 2.0Air protection projectsWaste management projects (including legacy waste management)Response to environmental incidentsOther environmental protection initiatives
Responsible consumption and productionWaste management projectsOther environmental protection initiatives
Climate actionProjects to upgrade power and heat generation capacities, electrical grids and heat networksEnergy saving and energy efficiency improvement initiatives
Life on landCooperation with nature reserves (support for research and educational projects at the Pasvik, Lapland, Relict Oaks, and Uryumkan nature reserves, Joint Directorate of Taimyr Nature Reserves and more)Response to environmental incidentsResearch expeditionsFish stocking at water bodies across the regions of operationPeace, justice and strong institutionsAnti-corruption measuresRaising employee awareness of our anti-corruption practicesPartnerships for the goalsCooperation with federal legislative and executive authorities, civil society institutions, and the business communityReporting on the Company’s contribution to the achievement of UN SDGs in line with the UNCTAD guidanceUN Global Compact membership and related reportingProcess towards joining other major sustainable development initiatives (ICMM, IRMA, TCFD)Support for corporate volunteering
Please read more on Norilsk Nickel’s achievements on the UN SDGs in our Sustainable Development Report.