2021 sustainability report

Definition
of material
topics

GRI 102‒46

The Company maps out material topics in line with the GRI Standards’ principles for defining report content and inputs from external and internal stakeholders. The materiality matrix relies on the following:

  • opinion polls on material topics;
  • dialogues with stakeholders;
  • mass media coverage of the Company;
  • benchmarking against major Russian and international mining peers.

GRI 102‒44

As part of the 2021 Sustainability Report preparation, material sustainability topics were defined in four stages.

At the first stage, the Company arranged for the material topics from the 2020 Sustainability Report to be reviewed by external and internal stakeholders. Over 130 stakeholders took part in the poll, with more than half of them representing the regions where the Company operates (Norilsk Industrial District, Kola Peninsula, Trans-Baikal Territory) and their local authorities, environmental organisations, social NGOs, Company employees, the business community and other stakeholder groups.

At the second stage, the Company held a dialogue* with experts and key stakeholders to verify, through expert voting, proposals to revise the materiality of individual topics submitted in the poll. In addition, the session participants assessed three additional topics from the list proposed by the polled stakeholders in terms of their potential influence on stakeholder assessments and decisions (Z-axis of the significance matrix).

At the third stage, the working group for the Report preparation assessed the materiality of additional topics in terms of their economic, environmental, and social impact.

At the last stage, the working group summed up the materiality assessment results, with due regard to the recommendations provided by the session participants, and finalised an updated map of material topics.

Map of material topics
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Disclosures (aspects)
Link to GRI topics

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1

Disclosures
(aspects)

Financial results of operations

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 201: Economic performance

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2

Disclosures
(aspects)

Responsible payment of taxes to budgets of vari-ous levels

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 207: Tax

No. on the map

3

Disclosures
(aspects)

Indirect economic impacts

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts

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4

Disclosures
(aspects)

Relationships with local communities and indige-nous peoples, social and economic impact on the regions of operation

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts
GRI 411: Rights of indigenous peoples
GRI 413: Local communities

No. on the map

5

Disclosures
(aspects)

Supply chain responsibility

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 102-9: Supply chain
GRI 102-10: Significant changes to the organisation and its supply chain

No. on the map

6

Disclosures
(aspects)

Anti-corruption and transparency of operations

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 205: Anti-corruption practices

No. on the map

7

Disclosures
(aspects)

Responsible business conduct and business eth-ics

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 102-16 – 102-39

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8

Disclosures
(aspects)

Stakeholder engagement

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 102-40 – 102-44

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9

Disclosures
(aspects)

Compliance

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 307: Environmental compliance
GRI 419: Socioeconomic compliance

No. on the map

10

Disclosures
(aspects)

Decent working conditions, relations between employees and management

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 202: Market presence
GRI 401: Employment
GRI 402: Labour/management relations
GRI 407: Freedom of association and collective bargaining

No. on the map

11

Disclosures
(aspects)

Training and developing our staff

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 404: Training and education

No. on the map

12

Disclosures
(aspects)

Occupational health and safety

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 403: Occupational health and safety

No. on the map

13

Disclosures
(aspects)

Respect for human rights

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 406: Non-discrimination
GRI 411: Rights of indigenous peoples

No. on the map

14

Disclosures
(aspects)

Public policy

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 415: Public policy

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15

Disclosures
(aspects)

Energy consumption and efficiency

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 302: Energy

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16

Disclosures
(aspects)

Water consumption and wastewater discharge

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 303: Water and effluents

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17

Disclosures
(aspects)

Biodiversity and land use

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 304: Biodiversity

No. on the map

18

Disclosures
(aspects)

Pollutant emissions

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 305: Emissions

No. on the map

19

Disclosures
(aspects)

Waste management

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 306: Waste

No. on the map

20

Disclosures
(aspects)

Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

Link to GRI
topics

GRI 305: Emissions

No. on the map

21

Disclosures
(aspects)

Geological exploration and mining

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

22

Disclosures
(aspects)

Production asset upgrade

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

23

Disclosures
(aspects)

Science, technology and innovation

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

24

Disclosures
(aspects)

Digitalisation of production and management

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

25

Disclosures
(aspects)

Corporate security

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

26

Disclosures
(aspects)

Shutdown of production facilities

Link to GRI
topics

GRI MM Closure planning

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27

Disclosures
(aspects)

Emergency preparedness

Link to GRI
topics

GRI MM Emergency preparedness

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28

Disclosures
(aspects)

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

29

Disclosures
(aspects)

Participation in Russian national projects

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

30

Disclosures
(aspects)

Emergency forecasting and technogenic safety

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

31

Disclosures
(aspects)

R&D activities

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

32

Disclosures
(aspects)

Organisational changes: division-based structure and its impact on employees

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

33

Disclosures
(aspects)

Promotion of the healthy lifestyle, fitness and sports among local communities and employees

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

34

Disclosures
(aspects)

Norilsk renovation and comprehensive social and economic development plan implementation

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

35

Disclosures
(aspects)

Support for small and medium enterprises (SME) in the regions of operation

Link to GRI
topics

No. on the map

36

Disclosures
(aspects)

Support for educational institutions and career guidance

Link to GRI
topics