ALROSA is the diamond industry’s clear leader by size of social investment: on average, we contribute about 5% of our profits to welfare programs every year. We also operate over 500 social and charitable initiatives on an annual basis.
Our company is very passionate about local community stewardship. We support infrastructural projects, universities, schools, kindergartens, hospitals, and sports and culture facilities in Yakutia and the Arkhangelsk Region. We also help build residences, rehabilitation centers, churches, and children’s playgrounds, and do our best to support people in difficult situations.
ALROSA is the largest contributor to Yakutia’s budget. Over the last years, taxes and dividends paid by ALROSA amounted to 35-45% of the Republic’s revenue.
>RUB 10 blnsocial investments
~5%share of social expenses in revenue
>500 projects and initiativesto support local communities and charity
Children's Rehabilitation Centers in Yakutsk and Mirny
The Republic of Sakha Children’s Rehabilitation Center opened in Yakutsk in 2018. ALROSA had invested over 1 billion rubles into its construction and acquisition of equipment. This is one of our company’s most important projects in the region. The center’s building is 12.4 thousand square meters in size and is surrounded by 15 hectares of grounds. It has the capacity to support as many as 3,000 children with special needs throughout the year. The center owns high-tech equipment, as well as a hotel for parents and a small stable for hippotherapy.
In 2017, ALROSA also funded the creation of Kharyskhal Juvenile Social Rehabilitation Center in Mirny. The center aims to keep families together, ensure that children are raised in a loving environment, eradicate child abandonment, provide a variety of social, healthcare, and mental health services, and educate and support troubled teenagers.
Supporting the Mirny Drama Theater
ALROSA has been supporting the Mirny Drama Theater since 2008, investing as much as 14 million rubles every year into its upkeep.
The Mirny community believes that the local drama theater is an integral part of the cultural environment in Russia’s «diamond province». The drama company presents several new productions each year. It is deeply involved in the region’s creative life, and is a long-standing contributor to various nationwide competitions. Today, the Mirny Drama Theater is a modern urban venue with a seating capacity of 520. Apart from in-house productions, it welcomes performers from other cities: many of Yakutia’s and Russia’s best troupes have been here on tour.
Supporting Indigenous Peoples
There is so much more to Yakutia than permafrost and harsh winters. The Republic has an ancient culture and traditions that go back centuries. Approximately 40,000 people living in Yakutia today belong to the indigenous minorities of the North: the Evenks, the Evens, the Yukaghir, the Chukchi, and the Dolgans. The total percentage of these ethnic groups in Yakutia’s population barely exceeds 4%.
Our company provides the indigenous peoples of Yakutia with regular support: we help the indigenous peoples to preserve their historical values and rebuild their national cultures, by contributing to the organizational aspect of their traditional festivals; we also help clans of reindeer herders and fishers, by training their members in various professions and offering them jobs, as well as by giving them access to the essential resources they need for a comfortable daily life.
As of today, 12.3% of our employees belong to Yakutia’s indigenous groups.
The Nastroyeniye (Good Mood) Festival
ALROSA organizes over 4 thousand sports and cultural events every year in different cities across the «diamond province». We aspire to bridge the gap between the quality of life in a smaller «monotown» (town where most of the community is employed at a single enterprise) and a metropolis with a population of over a million.
Our company has signed numerous sponsorship contracts that obligate us to collaborate with federal sports and cultural organizations. We have given ourselves a comprehensive challenge: to optimize all our contracts in a way that will have a positive impact on the monotown communities, first and foremost.
For instance, the year 2017 saw the birth of the Nastroyeniye Festival, an event when Yakutia is visited by celebrity athletes and coaches, as well as prominent cultural figures and artists from various movements. They spend several days in each city they pass through, offering public lessons, workshops, and performances — open for everyone completely free of charge. The main mission of the festival is to promote and support a healthy lifestyle among adults and children alike, helping children develop their skills, and finding talents and paving their way to the future.
Children's Sports Clubs
As we at ALROSA work on developing the sports infrastructure of the diamond province, we give the locals and their children access to highly promising personal growth opportunities, in addition to getting them interested in sport and helping them adopt a healthy lifestyle. Each city in the diamond province now has free sports clubs for children and adults; this encourages many locals to attend exercise sessions as families, even teaming up as «sports families» for certain disciplines.
Little athletes have 20 sports to choose from, including hockey, mini football, swimming, martial arts, boxing, rhythmic gymnastics, and figure skating. Swimming is currently the most popular choice: classes are attended by approximately 500 children.
Some of the young people from the diamond province have already become national champions, winners of national and regional competitions, and potential Masters of Sports of Russia.
ALROSA History and Operations Museum
ALROSA is happy to support the diamond mining museum in the city of Mirny. The exhibits share the story of how the first diamond fields were discovered, and how diamond cities (with the current population of more than 50 thousand) emerged from the wild taiga, with visitors of all ages.
The ALROSA History and Operations exhibit is a state-of-the-art, interactive glimpse into the diamond world. The visitors are free to explore the history of the diamond industry across a 190-square-meter space. The museum owns a collection of over 14 thousand items. More than 100 people, mostly children, come here every month. They are particularly interested in interactive quiz tables and the video borescope that allows them to «discover» their own diamond deposit.
The Diamond Province Kindergartens
ALROSA sponsors 27 kindergartens, which form a single educational structure called Almazik (Little Diamond). The kindergartens are spread around the cities of the diamond province and are attended by more than 4 thousand children.
Our kindergartens employ expert teachers, including speech and language clinicians and children’s therapists, who help the little students adapt to and overcome their very first challenges. Some of the facilities include swimming pools, playing fields, and game and music rooms.
Zhigansk is a small Yakutian settlement that lies on the bank of the Lena river, 610 km from Yakutsk. Its population barely exceeds 3 thousand. ALROSA has helped the community build a new hospital. The old building has now been replaced with a fully equipped modern healthcare center.
Thanks to ALROSA’s investments, the hospital has been able to hire more doctors and nurses, install the latest equipment, and add new departments: the children’s ward, the medical service department, the maternity ward, the gynecologist’s consultation, the surgery room, the day inpatient facility, and the children’s surgery unit.
More than 2 thousand children in Yakutia enjoy an ALROSA-sponsored vacation every summer. Trips to summer camps in Yakutia and on the Black Sea coast are part of our corporate welfare programs.
ALROSA currently curates 6 children’s summer camps; over the past 8 years, as many as 20 thousand children aged 6 to 17 have stayed there free of charge. During their vacation, children can take part in a number of exciting activities: sports, creative classes, workshops, health treatments, and much more.
Young Professionals' Residence in Mirny and Apartment Building in Udachny
A lot of young professionals visit Yakutia for work-related purposes. ALROSA is happy to provide them with temporary housing. For this purpose, our company builds hostels and apartment blocks.
The new young professionals’ residence in Mirny is one of such housing projects. It is comprised of two nine-storey buildings with turnkey apartments that already have all the necessary furniture and appliances. The residence is capable of accommodating as many as 350 people.
Furthermore, as part of our Corporate Housing Program, we completed the construction of a new 130-apartment complex in 2018. It provides temporary residences for employees of our Udachny Mining and Processing Division, who stay in Udachny while working in the Verkhne-Munskoye field.
Regional Technical College in Mirny
ALROSA actively supports the local technical college, which was established in Mirny in 1973 and has since risen to the leading position among all education institutions in Yakutia. The college has also won the nationwide contest for the title of the best secondary vocational education institution in Russia. For 45 years of its existence, about 8 thousand specialists have graduated from the college. Today they are working in different regions of Russia.
The college’s student body exceeds 1000; they can choose to train in any of 24 different professions, all in high demand in the labor market. The college possesses a wealth of material and technical resources: modern auditoriums, laboratories, specialized workshops with the latest equipment, a car track, and a paramilitary athletic complex.
Sports School in Churapcha
The Yakutian village of Churapcha, founded as far back as in 1725, has its own sports school. Initially a project by a village sports coach, who opened the school in the mid-20th century, it was officially recognized as an Olympic Reserve School in 2015. The Churapcha boarding sports school nurtures new athletes for Yakutia and all of Russia. Children from 28 districts all over Yakutia receive their education here under the supervision of teachers with university-level training.
We at ALROSA give the school our utmost support; it has managed to erect a new building thanks to our investments. The school covers 8 sports disciplines: freestyle wrestling, track and field, acrobatic gymnastics, volleyball, shooting, archery, boxing, and checkers. Many parents living in different Yakutian districts dream fervently of getting their children with an interest in professional sport accepted into the school.
Northern (Arctic) Federal University
ALROSA also sponsors the Northern (Arctic) Federal University, which trains experts in different fields. Some of the NArFU students are promising young researchers, whose work has already been acknowledged as groundbreaking and published in the world’s top journals. ALROSA is happy to fund such publications and studies on a regular basis.
Arctic Exploration Museum
This museum opened in 2002, and our company has funded the complete renovation of its building and grounds. ALROSA allocated 40 million rubles for this purpose over the course of 5 years.
Renovation was completed in 2017, and since then, the museum has been showcasing the beauty of the Arctic’s cultural heritage every single day. The exhibit includes more than 130 paintings by Aleksandr Borisov, renowned for his Arctic landscapes. The museum collection also features various works by Soviet artists and traditional crafts by the Nenets people. Each room in the museum has a unique concept design — ice floes underfoot, iceberg models, video installations, and more — which helps visually transport the visitors into the realm of the Arctic.