OMK Contribution to Developing Social Business Initiatives Recognized by Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Government

Photo: Acting Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Deputy Governor and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Shevchenko and OMK Corporate Social Responsibility Lead Olga Mironova.

The United Metallurgical Company’s past history in developing social business initiatives in the Nizhniy Novgorod Region received high grades from the government of the region. OMK’s success in replicating the Start Your Own Business program was recognized at the Annual Forum of Social Business People of the Nizhniy Novgorod Region (this is the location of Vyksa Steel Works, a company manufacturing facility).

In particular, Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Governor Gleb Nikitin expressed his gratitude to OMK for its high degree of professionalism and for greatly contributing to developing and popularizing social business initiatives. Letters of appreciation signed by the governor were presented to Vyksa Steel Works Managing Director Alexander Barykov and OMK Corporate Social Responsibility Lead Olga Mironova by Acting Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Deputy Governor and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Shevchenko.

The event also showcased the mechanism to support social business people, presented the region’s best social practices, made final judgments in regional competitions designed to expand and support social business initiatives in the Nizhniy Novgorod Region, and presented the outcomes of the Start Your Own Business program completed by OMK in the Vyksa Municipal District.

The Forum was attended by Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Minister of Industry, Trade, and Entrepreneurship Maxim Cherkassov, Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Minister of Education, Research, and Youth Policy Sergey Zlobin, Vyksa Municipal District Deputy Chief Executive Officer Oxana Gabdrakhimova as well as representatives of Vyksa Steel Works, other companies, and social business people from the Nizhniy Novgorod Region.

Maxim Cherkassov noted that “over the course of a year, we brought social business people into the fold one by one, and now we already have bright competition entrants and outstanding projects in the region. We are very happy that this is happening both in Nizhniy Novgorod itself and out in remote areas”.

Center Director Igor Sedykh of the Nizhniy Novgorod Center of Social Innovation emphasized that the OMK Start Your Own Business program to develop social business initiatives “helped fill Vyksa with new social business initiatives improving the town's social environment for the residents”.

“We replicated the Start Your Own Business social business initiative program in Vyksa, Nizhniy Novgorod Region, after we obtained good results in two other regions where our company operates its facilities. In the Vyksa Municipal District, we have provided support to 12 social business initiatives with a total program budget of to 3,000,000 rubles. We have created some 32 new jobs. One of the projects was undertaken by the Vyksa Society of the Disabled and involves finding employment for people with disabilities. The fact that we have been recognized by the office of the governor is an indication that the program has accomplished its objectives and has had serious impacts to the development of social businesses in the region”, noted Olga Mironova.