Corporate social responsibility
In 2019, HMS Group took part in the Awards “The most socially responsible company in the oil & gas industry of Russia” hold by the Ministry of Energy of Russian Federation. The goal of the Awards was to promote social policies of fuel-and-energy companies, identify and survey the most active socially responsible companies, which reached a high efficiency in accomplishment of social tasks, improvement of quality of employees’ work environment and life, and to popularize the oil and gas industry.
HMS Group won in nominations “Interaction with professional education institutions. 10 to 100,000 work force company” and “Employees’ motivation and building their loyalty. Additional benefits granting to employees”.
Primary Areas Of Social Policy
Social development policy and providing adequate living standards and normal working and life conditions for HMS’ employees.
The company has developed and implemented collective agreements, in-house policies and acts, which reflect social welfare issues, benefits, compensations and guarantees granted to the employees, including:
- Hardship-duty pays;
- Preservation of average earnings after transfer to easier work;
- Pecuniary aid in the event of the worker’s death;
- Pecuniary aid for medical treatment, and purchase of expensive pharmaceutical drugs;
- Bonus payments to veterans;
- Maternity coverage on monthly basis;
- Additional holidays in case of significant events, and for continuous service with the company;
- Pecuniary aid to non-working veterans, including for public holidays;
- Events to support young people.
Support and building heritage:
- Honoring HMS’ veteran workers on Machine Builders Day ;
- Meetings with mentors;
- Professional skill competitions among young workers;
- Honoring best workers;
- Meetings of veteran workers (former employees) with the colleagues.
HMS Group fully participates in the local life of the regions where its facilities operate:
- Taking part in local creativity competitions, cultural, sport, charity and other events;
- Holding festivals;
- Helping schools, hospitals, childcare centres and religious organisations.
The company company continues to sponsor one of its engineers, Mr. Nikolay Kuzovlev, the leading Russian athlete in Ice Climbing.
In 2019, he clinched the Ice Climbing World Cup.
Safety and Health
HMS Group believes that achieving its strategic goals and maintaining its competitive advantages requires systematic management of labor health protection and the prevention of industrial injury and professional illness. Production facilities introduce modern methods of accident prevention and maintain hygiene and sanitary conditions, which prevent professional illnesses and ailments driven by workplace factors.
On this basis, the company set up four main goals in the area of labor health protection and accident prevention:
1. Prioritisation of its employees’ health and safety over business performance results and continuous improvement of work conditions and labor health protection at every working place.
2. Significant decrease of risks of industrial traumatism and professional illness of the company’s employees:
- Regular medical examinations, and availability of stationary medical and feldsher’s stations.
- Issuance of free personal protective equipment, including work clothes, safety shoes and other personal safety apparel. The special commissions at HMS’ facilities analyse the given personal safety apparel on a regular basis and examine novelty products, which appear on the market.
- Issuance of milk to employees with harmful working conditions, etc.
We promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle, not only because it helps to maintain a productive and positive workplace, but also because it is the right thing to do.
3. Compliance of HMS’ activities in the area of labor health protection with the requirements and expectations of all interested parties, and with rules and regulations, established under legislation and normative technical documents:
- Regular examination of industrial safety, and
- Regular training in the area of industrial safety.
4. Establishment of personal responsibility by company employees of all levels for meeting all labour health protection requirements accurately and in a timely manner. Also, HMS actively engages its employees while developing in-house documentation, which determines the regulations of implementation and realisation of the labor health safety system.
Charity and Social assistance
The company believes in its responsibility for social and economic climate in regions where it operates, takes part in social projects and programs, among other things on a voluntary pro-bono basis. The charity activities are realized in the form of public private partnership aiming sustainable development of the company and the region, where it operates.
HMS Group focuses on helping children who are in need of medical treatment, as well as children in need of social and professional assistance. These projects are realised through:
- Social support and protection of citizens, including improvement of the financial position of the indigenous peoples, social assistance to the unemployed, the disabled and other disadvantaged groups who, due to their specific physical or intellectual condition or other circumstances, are unable to implement their legitimate rights and interests by themselves;
- Promoting the prestige and the role of the family in society;
- Promoting the protection of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood.
HMS Group forms the charity program based on an opinion of experts, heads of regional social agencies as well as selected fiduciary boards. The company doesn’t make any independent monitoring of social situation in the presence regions.
Besides targeted aid to schools, foster homes, indigenous people and others, the Group continues being one of the main sponsors of The Tatarstan Judo Federation.
Every autumn, the festivals of professions are hold for 6-11 class pupils in Russia’s regions. These are the main events as a part of the project “Ticket to the future”, and are hold by the international organization, WorldSkills International. The “Ticket to the future” is the leading educational platform in the form of professional tests, that unites pupils, industry experts, teachers and career-guidance specialists. The workshop consists of several clusters: Health, Urban environment, IT, Novel materials, Transport, Agriculture and Power generation. The career-guidance is given in the form of practical training under tenure of an experienced mentor.
The employees of HMS Neftemash participated as experts in this event for the first time, and represented the facility in the cluster “Novel materials”. They told pupils about modern technologies, used for production of metal work and steels test methods, which won’t fade in the future. Also, the experts demonstrated capabilities of HMS Neftemash modern lab equipment. More than 400 pupils received the basic skills of work with the lab equipment, including operational principles of a spectrometer.
As a part of strategy to develop the corporate culture and internal communications, HMS Group hold a number of social events, such as the Pancake Week, Victory day, New Year celebration, volunteer clean-ups and environmental campaigns.
On the yearly basis, HMS’ facilities hold sporting competitions with participation of all organization units in checkers, kettlebell lifting, shooting, ski, biathlon, running, and other kinds of sport.
In general, the environmental impact of our production facilities is low due to the business specifics. Nevertheless, the management and personnel of HMS Group fully recognise their responsibility to nature and to future generations. The company continues to work on developing and selling energy-efficient products and service solutions. Apart from that, HMS Group set the following environmental goals, which are critical in the company’s view:
- Reducing emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere;
- Abating waste water pollution;
- Improving waste management in the area of reducing waste and curbing adverse environmental impact;
- Developing and widely using waste-free technologies in industrial processes;
- Rational usage of raw materials, environmental items and energy;
- Improving HMS’ image in this sphere.
HMS Group’s facilities conducted quarterly surveys of emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere and evaluations of the effectiveness of dust and gas catchers. The company conducted an examination of emission sources, revised a draft of maximum permissible emissions, received new permits for air emissions, and developed a set of actions to decrease the level of pollutant emissions under unfavourable weather conditions. For the last three years, no excess of the maximum allowable pollutant emissions has been discovered.
The Group’s production facilities conducted chemical and microbiological analyses of natural surface water and waste storm water on a quarterly basis, and spillover tracking of storm water on a monthly basis.
As an employer of 14 thousand people, HMS is one of the major job creators across the cities where its facilities are located. Employees are one of HMS Group’s core assets, and the company encourages them and assists them in achieving their full potential.
In 2019, HMS continued staff training and education, with a focus on the areas of accounting and functional education.
As part of the national project “Workforce productivity and employment support”, KKM placed 14 core operations executives for a “Productivity leaders” training and 1 executive for “Export growth accelerator” training. Also, KKM took part in the federal project “The Older generation”, and as part of this project placed 30 soon-to-retire employees for skills training and additional skills training. Also, the facility held “Lean management” and “Effective management of large projects” trainings for top-management and core operations executives.
HMS Neftemash placed 1,216 employees for skills training and reskilling. 149 of them were placed for training under the “Workforce productivity and employment support” federal program. 734 employees were placed for training as a part of the internal technical instruction.
Sibneftemash placed 236 employees for all kinds of trainings, including targeted skills improvement. 187 employees were placed for training under the “Workforce productivity and employment support” federal program.
In 2019, the average headcount decreased by 503 people (-3.5% yoy) mainly due to the Industrial pumps personnel optimization and a decrease in the Construction because of business downturn. Oil & gas equipment and projects grew because of the asset, acquired at the beginning of the year.