ALROSA has confirmed its status as a leader among gold and diamond mining companies in terms of investments in social programs, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study, based on official reporting by precious metals and stones companies, covers the period from 2016 to 2018 and focuses on key aspects of sustainable development, including indicators of investments in social programs and environmental protection measures, energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, number of women among employees.
Every year, ALROSA allocates 3% of its revenue to social expenses and, according to this indicator, continues to be the absolute leader in the industry. In 2018, this amount reached almost 11 billion rubles ($ 168 million), including programs for the development of regions of production activity, corporate social programs for employees and their families, financing of about 500 social and charitable projects (comparative tables for other companies in the industry are attached).
The costs of ALROSA's environmental events in 2018 exceeded 5 billion rubles (more than $ 76 million), which amounted to 2.2% of the Company's consolidated revenue. The Company tries to minimize its environmental impact and is responsible for a wide range of measures, which include investments in the construction of treatment facilities, land reclamation, funding for environmental research and monitoring and other initiatives.
In accordance with the GRI reporting standards for disclosing personnel composition information, the Company has equal opportunities. Thus, according to the PwC study, the highest percentage of women work at ALROSA - 34% of the total staff. In terms of the average number of hours of staff training, the Company is slightly inferior to other representatives of the industry, however, the Company has a powerful training center: about 99% of the total number of further education courses are carried out at ALROSA's own site.
ALROSA is also noticeably ahead of other companies in terms of the share of recycled water supply and recycled water in production processes - today, this figure is more than 90% of the total water withdrawal.
As can be seen from the study, the Company continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions every year, technical and passenger vehicles are gradually being modernized and converted from diesel and gasoline engines to gas engines. According to the data for 2018, 300 units of the Company's transport operate on natural gas, and over the past five years, greenhouse gas emissions in CO2 equivalent have decreased by 2 times.
In 2016-2018, ALROSA significantly reduced the share of carbon-intensive fuels in total energy consumption. Thus, the amount of coal consumed decreased by 80%, diesel fuel - almost 90%, crude oil - by half. Moreover, the share of electricity consumption from renewable sources in the Company is at the level of 90% of the total consumption.
“ALROSA is a region-forming enterprise in Yakutia, today about 50 thousand people live in single-industry towns, therefore social responsibility is our primary task, and we continue to be one of the leaders in this area. We also contribute to the socio-economic development of the Arkhangelsk region, where our subsidiary mining enterprise Severalmaz operates. Our social investments in 2018 amounted to almost 11 billion rubles. Separately, the Company finances environmental projects for which more than 5 billion rubles were allocated. High results that ALROSA achieved last year were made possible thanks to the efforts of all employees of the Company,” said Sergey Ivanov, ALROSA CEO.
“Due to its city-forming importance, ALROSA has long played a leading role in interacting with local communities. In recent years, the Supervisory Board and management of the Company have increased attention to the implementation of best practices in the field of health, labor and the environment at all production facilities, and we believe that such an approach to business cannot be questioned," said Maria Gordon, member of the ALROSA Supervisory Board, senior independent director, chairman of the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board.