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 continues to sponsor one of its engineers, Mr. Nikolay Kuzovlev, the leading Russian athlete in Ice Climbing. In December, 2018, he became the first ever UIAA Ice Climbing World Combined Champion winning the inaugural edition of the competition which ranks athletes based on their performances in both the speed and lead disciplines.
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. Also, in 2018, HMS sponsored children’s football and sambo competitions in the Orlov region.
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 14.5 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 2018, HMS continued staff training and education, with a focus on the areas of accounting and functional education. Training costs grew 9% vs. 2017, and comprised 0.4% of personnel costs.
In 2018, the average headcount decreased by 68 people mainly due to voluntary employee attrition.