Kudos to Kinross Russia on receiving first place in the annual environmental responsibility rating initiated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia and carried out by the National Rating Agency.
Thirty-three of the largest metal and mining companies operating in Russia were evaluated based on three categories: environmental management, public disclosure and transparency with communities, and impact on the environment.
Kinross Russia placed first in both the environmental management and public disclosure and transparency categories, while placing a close second in the impact on environment category.
“We are excited to see our efforts to protect the environment be recognized by an organization such as WWF Russia. At Kinross our goal is to be an outstanding corporate citizen and be responsible stewards of the land where we operate,” said Claude Schimper, Regional Vice-President, Russia. “Once again, we owe our success to our dedicated employees who work tirelessly to find new solutions and improvements to our operations.”
In October 2017, Kinross Russia was presented with a Mining Award at the MINEX Russia Forum in the ‘Environmental Project of the Year’ category. You can read more about the award here. Kinross Russia also received recognition from WWF Russia earlier this year in their preliminary study. You can read more about the rating here.
WWF Russia and Russia’s National Rating Agency work with support from the United Nations Development Program, the Global Environmental Fund and the Russian Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to compile their results for this rating. This award is also significant because 2017 has been declared the ‘Year of the Environment’ in Russia.
Accepting the award at the WWF Russia Award Ceremony. From left to right:
Svetlana Kanevskaya, the Deputy Head of the Analytical Department, National Rating Agency, Sergey Skibin, Polymetal International Plc., Evgeny Shvarts, Director of Conservation Policy, WWF Russia, Stanislav Borodyuk, VP and Head of Moscow Representative Office, Svetlana Sheynfeld, Project Manager UNDP/GEF/Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia
An employee works at the Hydroponics lab at Kupol
Landscape surrounding the Kupol property