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ARMZ shared the experience of developing social entrepreneurship in the context of business restructuring
Three years ago, a new holiday was established in Russia - June 28, the International Day of Social Business. Social entrepreneurs are those who aim not just to make a profit, but first and foremost to provide necessary social services to the population - and they are ever increasing in number.
On June 24, 2015, the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and Demographic Policy of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, together with the "SUPPORT OF RUSSIA" Commission on Social Entrepreneurship, "Business Russia" Committee for Social Responsibility of Business, Patronage and Charity, and the Committee of the Association of Russian Managers for Social Responsibility organized a joint round table "Effective interaction of large, medium and small business and social entrepreneurship: best practices, prospects for development". Representatives of PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, OK Rusal, PJSC Severstal, The Boston Consulting Group and others were invited to participate.
The focus of the roundtable was on mutual interests and mutually beneficial cooperation of large, medium, small businesses and social entrepreneurs.
Marina Liborakina, Deputy Director General for Strategy and Business Development of JSC Atomredmetzoloto shared the experience of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. in the development of social entrepreneurship in the context of business restructuring, using an example of Krasnokamensk. She noted in her report that Krasnokamensk is the second largest city in Zabaikalsky Krai, and it is very important from strategic perspective, since it is located almost on the border with China. PJSC PIMCU, the backbone enterprise of the town, in 2014 was pursuing business restructuring policy, which included headcount optimization. In doing so, the Company took responsible approach to this issue by developing a comprehensive program to promote employment. A number of events were held in May and August 2014 in Krasnokamensk, including educational course "Start Your Own Social Business", master-classes with current social entrepreneurs, a series of webinars "Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship", competition "Start Your Business", exhibition fair "We Are the City" and much more.
The most important outcome of the competition "Start Your Business" was the creation of 12 active social businesses in the city.
In 2015, ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. is going to continue the activities to support social entrepreneurship in Krasnokamensk. Just recently, 10 grants 150 thousand rubles each were awarded to the winners of the competition held in 2015 among socially-oriented small and medium enterprises, to be applied for the development of the existing activities and (or) the starting and supporting new ones.