Sustainability Management GRI 2–24

Sustainability management and ESG integration are a major part of Nornickel’s corporate governance system.

By promoting sustainable development practices, the Company adapts to the strategic landscape and changing market environment and contributes to effective risk management, while at the same time fostering a motivating and innovation-driven corporate culture and helping to secure stakeholder engagement positive for the Company.

To make sure sustainability principles are integrated at Nornickel across the board, the Company has adopted over 20 by-lawsThe texts of the documents are available on the Company’s website.. At the strategic level, the Company has approved the Environmental and Climate Change Strategy, and the Social Development Strategy is currently being developed.

The Company relies on a matrix structure to manage its ESG aspects, with responsibility for specific ESG aspects split among all functional units of the Head Office, branches and entities. At the same time, most of the matters are subject to oversight by the Management Board, Board of Directors, and respective Committees.

With this approach in place, ESG aspects can be successfully integrated into by-laws and day-to-day activities of all structural units and ensure development of new competencies that employees need to help Nornickel set corporate best practices in sustainable development.

To coordinate all sustainability-related processes, the Company established a dedicated Sustainable Development Department. It sets out Nornickel’s ambitions and vision in the area of sustainability and monitors the alignment of the Company’s operations with international standards and expectations of external stakeholders. At the senior executive level, this process falls within the remit of Vice President for Investor Relations and Sustainable Development. At the Board of Directors level, it is the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Committee that is responsible for the development of the Company’s ESG practices.

To engage its top executives in sustainability management, the Company increased the share of HSE targets in the annual 2022 team KPIs, bringing their aggregate weight to 50%. The Environmental Project Implementation indicator was selected as a KPI for the Long-Term Incentive Programme for the Group’s Key Employees (total weight of 30%).

ESG-related KPIs of the top management
Period Annual team KPIs Long-term KPIs
Focus area Occupational health and safety Environment Ecology and environment
KPI weight
KPI target Achievement of the OHS plan depending on FIFR Reduction in GHG emissions Delivery of environmental projects
Split of responsibilities for key areas of sustainable development GRI 2–9, 2-12, 2-13

Compliance with international standards and best practices in ESG and quality management

To ensure and maintain strong governance practices in ESG, Nornickel regularly analyses experiences that peers rely on to comply with major international and national standards.

The Company’s production assets are subject to regular certification and surveillance audits for compliance with international standards related to quality management, environmental management, labour protection, and information security.

Support of Russian and international sustainability standards and initiatives

We support leading global and national initiatives in sustainable development often pioneering integration of their requirements into our corporate practices.

Initiative Status
UN Global Compact Member since 2016
International Platinum Group Metals Association Member since 1999
Nickel Institute Member since 2005
Global Battery Alliance (GBA) Member since 2021
Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) In 2022, RMI suspended cooperation with the Company’s Russian assets. Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta was included in the Conformant/Active Smelter & Refiner Lists following a RMAP assessment by RMI
Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative The Company meets the initiative’s requirements based on results of a 2021 audit
Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN) Member in December 2020 to July 2022; membership suspended by RSBN
ICMM initiative The Company implements initiatives to ensure compliance with requirements to members
IRMA initiative In 2022, IRMA suspended cooperation with Russian companies. In the same year, the Company conducted an independent assessment of its mining assets compliance and readiness for certification
National ESG Alliance One of the founders since December 2022
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) The Company has been disclosing data under the EITI since 2021
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Annual reporting in line with the GRI Standards
TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) recommendations

The Company implements a roadmap to fulfil the TCFD recommendations; for more details

Assessment of mining assets readiness for IRMA certification

In 2022, Nornickel held an independent assessment to understand the degree to which its mining assets are ready for IRMA certification. The independent assessment was conducted by ENSOR Management Consultants LLC (formerly a branch of Environmental Resources Management, an international consultancy firm), which has many years of track record in assessing and managing environmental and social risks. The assessment perimeter included eight key mines of Norilsk and Kola divisions. Their activities were assessed based on four principles: business integrity, planning for positive legacies, social responsibility, and environmental responsibility.

The assessment showed that in the event of an official certification exercise, the Company would have likely met the requirements of the IRMA Transparency level. In 2023, a roadmap will be developed to put in place corrective actions so as to ensure compliance with the IRMA requirements.

Nornickel in ESG ratings
Description Rating as at 31 December 2022
ESG Risk Score: 43.9 out of 100 on a scale from 1 (low risk) to 100 (high risk)
ESG rating – "В", score of 3.0 (out of 10)
ESG Score: 62.0 out of 100 on a scale from 1 (low) to 100 (high)
ESG rating – A
Extractive assets