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Severstal is committed to fostering a favourable social environment in the regions of our operations as a part of our long-term development strategy. We contribute towards the sustainable development of these regions by creating new jobs, paying taxes and improving the quality of life of our employees and their families. In addition, we invest significantly in the social infrastructure of cities where our assets are located.
Contribution to the Sustainable Development of Severstal’s Regions
Successful efforts by Severstal and its local partners has a huge impact on the social and economic environment in our regions. All Severstal subsidiaries are members of a consolidated taxpayer group, which pays regular pays taxes.
In 2018, Severstal Russian Steel and Severstal Resources divisions paid approximately 61 billion roubles in various budgets and extrabudgetary funds, including the following:
Key areas of external social investments:
In 1999, together with municipal authorities, Severstal established the Agency for Urban Development non-profit partnership in Cherepovets. The Agency offers comprehensive support to new and existing entrepreneurs at all stages – from the inception of a business idea to its implementation. Over the last twenty years, Severstal has helped to create 2500 new small and medium businesses in Cherepovets, leading to 10000 new jobs.
In 2006, we launched the Way Home programme to support children in care and prevent juvenile delinquency in Cherepovets. The programme is financed through the Way Home Charitable Foundation and uses private and public funds and community effort to address an important social issue. The programme also includes individual projects in our other locations. Social technologies employed in the programme demonstrated their efficiency and showed that supporting disadvantaged families helps children to stay with their birth families and improves the chances of finding responsible foster parents.
The Metallurgy Industry Museum, which opened in 2015, is ideologically and financially supported by Severstal and is devoted to history and present days of metallurgy. The museum is highly interactive and includes unique metallurgy displays. Various quest games and workshops take place at the museum, which also hosts career guidance programmes for children of all ages.
In 2019, the Company opened a viewing area at the Cherepovets Steel Mill. Industrial tours are a new way to understand the steelmaking process as part of an excursion to the hot-rolling mill 2000. On reaching the viewing gallery, fully equipped according to all the safety requirements, participants are able to acquaint themselves with one of the stages of the industrial process.
Museums of the Russian North is a major cultural programme, led by Severstal, to support the development of museums in northern Russia. This programme is a funding competition, aimed at identifying and supporting the best projects targeting the revival of regional museums, the development of partnerships between museums and other cultural institutions, and developing new museum activities.
Since 2010, Severstal has organised Style of Steel, an art competition for the schoolchildren of Cherepovets.
More than a hundred participants join the competition every year, create art projects and take part in workshops and specialized events.
Severstal has sponsored Golden Mask, Russia’s largest theatre festival, featuring the most prominent Russian performances, for many years.
Our support offers the residents of Cherepovets, Kostomuksha, Petrozavodsk, Riga and several other Latvian cities the opportunity to enjoy the best Russian theatre performances. In Cherepovets alone, approximately 20 thousand residents were able to attend Russia’s most prominent theatre performances.
We believe corporate volunteering is an important aspect of personal development, which helps individuals to recognise their own value in society. Severstal offers its employees a variety of opportunities to participate in corporate charitable programmes and develop useful social skills while building relationships with peers and like-minded people. Our programme includes training workshops with internal and external experts and we design and run charitable initiatives, raffles, Christmas fairs, auctions, marathons, master classes and other events.