A transition to work within a system on the basis of experience gained during the pandemic
My first recommendation to everyone is to move from one-off social projects, even if they seem bright and promising, to more systematic work — Irina Arkhipova, Deputy Dean, Graduate School of Business, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
We need to think about working in a more systematic way and focusing on what is really most important. [...] We learned to work together in previous crises, and I am certain... we will be better able to share our skills and opportunities with each other — Artem Metelev, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Youth Policy; Head, Platform DOBRO.RF.
We work together with a number of charities, NPOs and so on. [...] The company has declared this the Year of Corporate Volunteering. Last year we held about 400 events, and they were really non-standard, informal ones. This year we’ve already got at least twice as many planned. [...] Our social partner is the Pochyot Charitable Foundation. That’s our internal charity foundation. It was set up specifically by Russian Railways. The basic concept behind it is very simple – it is a single window for all our retired pensioners and veterans. We’ve registered 750,000 of them already. [...] Basically, it’s is a social operator for all our pensioners, a single-entry point. Despite the fact that they’re retired, we teach them computer literacy, modern techniques. We created a single-service portal for retirees, an electronic resource that is increasingly used, so this is our second single-service social operator, and it performs an extremely important function, with a lot of different programmes – from special theatre for our veterans to museums. […] You’re already familiar with the government programme for the development of the Far East. [...] We’ve developed a so-called social index with a focus on settlements where railway workers live en masse, primarily in the Eastern Range. We use this index to make targeted decisions. We’re proud that we managed to preserve the social infrastructure. We have our own kindergartens, schools, boarding schools, children’s railways, our own major branch medical service serving the entire population under the compulsory medical insurance plan, — Dmitriy Shahanov, Deputy Director General, Russian Railways.
We just lived through a pandemic, and it showed big companies to be making substantially greater commitments that affected the inhabitants of the cities where the businesses were located — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.