We have lots of major systemic social projects. [...] We are not only educating our own staff who will have to work in our enterprise, but also investing [...] in agronomists and agricultural technolo-gies, which will enable us to use today’s sustainable agriculture technologies in five years. Huge investments are also being made in the environment. We have modernized all enterprises. We practically don’t discharge anything from factories […] into the water. We have adopted a climate strategy […] to reduce the carbon footprint by 14%. We will provide our enterprises with 20% green electricity — Andrey Guryev, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, PhosAgro .
If you actually think about it, we have been engaged in sustainable development for a long time; it was simply called social issues. We care about people, education, the environment, cities, and medicine – these are all elements of sustainable development. [...] Any manager, shareholder, or entrepreneur who is more or less responsible concedes that without investing in people, the envi-ronment, and the life of our cities, we have no future, and business has no future — Nazim Efendiev, General Director, Management Company Metalloinvest.
The issue of ESG is inevitably [emerging] on the agenda. And this is dictated not only by the aspira-tions of individual activists, but also by the policy that investment funds and banks have been pur-suing recently. [...] In Russia, there is fertile ground for this trend — Pavel Grachev, Chief Executive Officer, Polyus.