As one of the top steel producers in the world, EVRAZ is committed to integrating the principles and values of sustainable development into our daily operations. The Group recognises that sustainable development is a key factor in ensuring long-term stability, market competitiveness and the ability to create value for stakeholders.
EVRAZ upholds the principles and values of sustainable development and integrates them into its business processes. We believe that sustainable development is a crucial part of our operating success and is a foundation for creating value for stakeholders.
The Group operates in four main areas of sustainable development.
Priority sustainable development areas
The Group aims to maintain solid economic growth and create long-term value for the Group.
We strive to ensure safe working conditions for employees, decent compensation packages, and professional development opportunities.
The Group seeks to reduce adverse and maximise positive environmental impacts from our operations.
We focus efforts on fostering economic prosperity, as well as on promoting social and cultural development in our regions of operation.
When implementing sustainable development activities we adhere to the OECD’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, follow best international standards and practices, and fully comply with the provisions of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights respecting the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of individuals.
During the process of developing our sustainability approach, we elaborate and update internal documents regulating the area of sustainable development. The Group also places a strong emphasis on ensuring full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the Russian Law on Preventing Corruption, the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Sustainable development is managed at all organisational levels of the Group. The Group’s Board of Directors and committees determine the general course for the EVRAZ sustainable development, while the CEO and Management Board supervise and monitor activities related to sustainability. Directorates are accountable to vice-presidents, and their duties include goal-setting and performing specific tasks corresponding to their functions. The managers of business segments implement sustainability initiatives in accordance with their business functions.
Sustainable development organisational structure
Ethics and business conduct
The Group adopts a systematic approach to identifying, evaluating and managing corruption-related risk. At the end of each year, compliance managers carry out a comprehensive analysis of corruption risks across all the Group’s assets and business processes.
The Group takes a targeted approach and focuses on assessing existing controls and procedures in areas and business processes that are particularly exposed to risks of corruption. These areas typically include procurement, payments, sales, charity and sponsorship, business gifts and hospitality, interaction with government authorities, the vetting of business partners and contract approvals.
The Group’s Board of Directors and management pay special attention to promoting ethical behaviour and to preventing fraud, corruption and bribery at all organisational levels. The Audit Committee plays an important role in overseeing the overall efficiency of the Group’s anti-corruption system, and it reviews compliance controls, receives updates on ongoing compliance investigations and monitors issues related to corruption risks.
In order to boost the efficiency of anti-corruption and anti-bribery efforts and to ensure the timely oversight of these matters, the Group has appointed a corporate compliance manager and local compliance managers at each material subsidiary. The responsibilities of compliance managers include monitoring employee compliance with internal documents, investigating reported cases of misconduct and unethical behaviour and monitoring charity payments and hospitality spending. As part of their duties, compliance managers also vet potential and existing business partners and are involved in monitoring tender procedures, which are typically associated with higher risks of corruption.
All reports regarding potential cases of corruption, bribery and misconduct are scrutinised by compliance managers. The results of investigations and recommendations are presented to the asset’s senior management, the Group compliance manager and to the Senior Vice President for business support.
Sustainable development goals
The Group understands the importance of the SDGs adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 to address significant economic, environmental and social challenges.
EVRAZ endeavours to contribute to attaining these goals by minimising impacts on the environment and local communities from the Group’s operational activity, and maximising positive values.
In 2019 we prioritised goals in this area and divided SDG goals into two groups. Focus group of SDG consists of those goals we can contribute the most to. The other group is formed from the goals that are important but our input cannot be as significant as to the focus ones due to our operational features. EVRAZ prioritised the SDG to concentrate on the goals in focus and maximise the efforts. Work to attain priority goals is expected to bring about major positive effects.
|Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages|
|Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all|
|Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all|
|Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation|
|Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns|
|Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts|
|Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all|
|Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all|
|Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable|
|Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels|
|Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable developments|