Key Thrusts of the Environmental Policy
Ecologically sound sustainable development is a key to a safe environment for future generations. Through realizing the scale of our impact on the environment and assessing potential environmental challenges, we strive not only to ensure safety for the population and ecosystems, but also to implement measures to prevent any adverse effects.
As a leading diamond global mining company that provides a quarter of the world’s total production of diamonds, ALROSA, in its operations, has a significant impact on all components of the environment due to the specifics of the production technologies, which is inevitable for any mining company.
The company accepts responsibility for the footprint of its operations and seeks to minimize a potential damage. Reducing the negative impact on the environment and rational use of mineral resources and the environment are the company’s priorities.
So, as to prevent and minimize negative impacts on the environment, as well as manage environmental risks, the company is implementing environmental policies, the underlying principles of which are:
- compliance with national and international environmental legislation;
- mitigation of negative impact on the environment through the adoption of management and technology solutions, taking into account environmentally important aspects of the company’s operations;
- continuous improvement of the functioning of the environmental management system;
- introduction of advanced technologies in order to achieve a higher level of environmental safety in all areas of the company operations;
- improved environmental awareness of the company's staff and its involvement in efforts to reduce environmental risks;
- openness and accessibility of environmental information available to the stakeholders on the environmental performance of the company.
The environmental policy of OJSC ALROSA is based on a national strategy in environmental safety and the constitutional human right to a healthy environment and trustworthy information on its state and condition. ALROSA is fully aware of its responsibility to society for solving production and regional environmental issues.
Realizing that environmental safety and a robust economy are equally important for the sustainable development of society, ALROSA voluntarily assumes the following responsibilities:
- to fulfil and monitor the compliance with national and international requirements for environmental protection;
- to cooperate with organizations, contractors and suppliers which are guided by the environmental priorities in their activities, as well as include in contracts with the environmental obligations for all parties;
- to plan and implement measures aimed at preventing and eliminating negative impacts on the environment;
- to cooperate with state legislative and executive bodies engaged in the protection of the environment;
- to expand scientific cooperation in creating eco-efficient and cost-effective technologies and equipment;
- to seek consistent and continued improvement of performance and impact indicators of industrial activity on the environment;
- to assure the implementation of the environmental policy as an extension of the general policy of the company, which is based on the desire to consider the rights and interests of indigenous peoples of the North with respect to their traditional way of life and preservation of their local habitats;
- to provide resources for the implementation of environmental policies in order to achieve environmental objectives and targets, as well as ensure the effective operation of the environmental management system as a whole;
- to ensure transparency of the environmental policy and to bring it up to the principles and obligations of the company's staff and stakeholders;
- to assure continuous improvement of the environmental management system of ALROSA based on the requirements of the ISO 14001:2004 international standard and the national standard GOST R ISO 14001-2007.
In order to protect the environment, the company pursues integrated efforts that ensure the achievement of the goals and objectives of the core business activity, which are set forth in the ALROSA Long-term Development Plan until 2021, and the solution of a number of issues that are important for the region and the Republic in general.
In the reporting period, ALROSA and the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) signed an Agreement on Cooperation for environmental protection and environmental safety in Yakut areas where the company operates. The agreement is aimed at improving the ecological situation and achieving an optimum balance between industrial development of areas and environmental performance indicators.
ALROSA develops and coordinates with the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) comprehensive programmes in order to improve the environmental situation over the long-term.
Today, ALROSA has a new comprehensive programme of environmental measures for 2011-2018 that provides a framework for the following activities:
- improved management of nature conservation, including environmental audits, and environmental monitoring, as well as the development and adoption of corporate standards of environmental management and its certification in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2007 "Environmental Management System";
- scientific and technical support for environmental activities;
- exploration, development and deployment of innovative technologies in waste management;
- heightened openness with respect to the environmental performance of the company and public awareness of its findings.
The investment component of the environmental programme has been included in the ALROSA Long-Term Development Plan for 2012-2021. Several efforts, such as the reconstruction and construction of sewage treatment facilities in Lensk, Udachny and Aikhal, are on track and ahead of schedule.
The environmental activities, which are implemented as part of the comprehensive programmes, have sufficient financial resources and meet the requirements of the regulatory authorities and contemporary realities.