Corporate social responsibility
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.
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.
Since April 2020, as to prevent the expansion of COVID-19 decease, HMS Group undertakes all the necessary measures in its offices and production facilities in accordance with regulatory requirements.
The company informs personnel on a regular basis about the necessity to comply with the preventive measures and personal and social hygiene rules through corporate information materials, as well as materials provided by the Russian consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor and other official state sources.
Where business processes allow, the company limited contacts between staff members of separate manufacture workshops, sites, departments and functional work groups, which were not connected by collective tasks and work processes. Where the workshop allows, there is a 1.5-meter physical distance implemented between workers and their workplaces.
The remote working was widely practiced. The company minimized offline business meetings or any mass events in its offices and production facilities. HMS imposed restrictions on business trips: its employees were sent on business trips only in the case of urgent operating issues, which could not be cancelled or postponed.
HMS Group provided its employees and visitors with individual protective equipment — disposable gloves and face masks with change not less than in 2–3 hours.
The company organized an “entry filter” on entering HMS’ offices and production facilities, including spots for hands disinfection and temperature screening. Individuals with a high temperature and/or showing signs of the acute respiratory disease are suspended or not admitted to their working places. Workplaces adopted the “stay at home if unwell” practice and HMS implemented flexible sick leave policies to discourage workers with symptoms of the decease from coming to their workplaces.
The facilities are equipped with bactericidal air recirculating irradiators, and all surfaces are cleaned and treated with sanitizers several times per day.
The company tests employees for the COVID-19 on a regular basis. And our employees on their request can be vaccinated with the "Sputnik V" at offices and production facilities of HMS Group.
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 indigenous peoples, and social assistance to unemployed, 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.
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 recognize 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;
- ensuring 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, revized 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 unfavorable weather conditions. For the last 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 13 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 and assists them in achieving their full potential.
In 2020, the average headcount decreased by 1 thousand people (–6.9% YoY) due to attrition and personnel optimization, as well as reduction of staff in the construction segment because of its production cutback.