The United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) will support 90 social initiatives as part of its annual OMK Partnership Competition of Social and Charity Projects.
Forty-seven projects from organizations will be granted implementation funds from the Company in the amount of RUB 250,000 each, while a further 43 projects developed by volunteer individuals will be be funded up to RUB 50,000 each. The Competition’s total budgeted amount this year has been increased to RUB 10.5 million. Projects will be implemented in towns that host OMK facilities: Chusovoy (Perm Territory), Chelyabinsk, Vyksa (Nizhniy Novgorod Region), Almetyevsk (Republic of Tatarstan), and Blagoveshchensk (Republic of Bashkortostan).
OMK Partnership winners include projects to support handicapped people and to build for them an accessible urban environment, initiatives related to spiritual, moral and patriotic education, nature conservation, cultural, and sports events as well as projects to develop volunteerism among senior citizens and many others.
Russia has announced this year to be the Year of the Volunteer; therefore, projects from OMK employees are being given special attention. Their initiatives are designed to find jobs for persons with disabilities, to provide social support for low-income people and disabled children, to promote the healthy way of life, and to help children and young people make good use of their free time.
A new feature this year is a special category for municipal agencies that became active participants in the contest.
Social projects were co-sponsored by OMK's scrap metal subsidiary OMK-EcoMetall (OOO MC OMK-EcoMetall, Moscow). It will finance the construction of an outdoor workout area in a township in the Vyksa Municipal District.
“This is our fourth competition for grants in the company’s areas of operation. And every year, we get sustainable social initiatives that help develop the towns where OMK operates its facilities. We involve as many partners as we can in our initiatives: Government officials, business people and social activists, non-profits. By working together, we change life in the provinces for the better, and that is yet another piece of evidence that OMK has made the right decision regarding the thrust of its corporate social responsibility”, noted OMK Lead for Corporate Social Responsibility Olga Mironova.
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