Sustainable Development of Obolon Corporation
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Sustainable development is a key element of the Obolon Corporation’s strategy. It allows the company to implement its corporate ambitions and fully develop each of its CSR areas: employee development, environment protection, promotion of sports, and support of the local communities.
Producing beverages with a high level of quality and safety is the basis for the long-term development of the Obolon Corporation. Stability of production processes and guaranteed quality and safety of its beverages ensure that the company achieves its goals on the way to sustainability.
Climate change, resource depletion, and energy dependence are the challenges of the 21st century for individuals as well as for large manufacturers. Reduction of environmental impact and conservation of nature are priorities for Obolon as the largest Ukrainian beverage producer.
Obolon makes both a direct and an indirect impact on the economy of the country as a whole and specific regions where its facilities are located through job creation, paying taxes to the local and state budgets, development of related industries, and support of the social culture.
Adhering to the principles of sustainable development, Obolon views the participation in the social life of the regions where its facilities are located as an important component of developing Ukrainian society as well as its own business.
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Support of family-type children’s homes (FTCH)

Period of implementation
2003 – present time
Kyiv and Chmelnytskyi regions
  • Development of family upbringing of orphans and children deprived of parental care
  • Decrease of the number of social orphans
  • Local community support
  • Today about 73 thousand children live in Ukrainian orphanages.
  • In fact 10% of them do not have parents.
  • Most such kids are social orphans and cannot be brought up by their biological parents due to a range of reasons.

However, each person and, particularly, the least protected social group – children – have a right to protection, development and a happy childhood in a two-parent family.


At the end of the 1990s the majority of orphaned children were brought up in orphanages. There was no such notion as “family-type upbringing” in the state. There were several dozens of family-type children’s homes in Ukraine which were founded back in the days of the USSR. In these circumstances several funds initiated a programe of orphans’ upbringing in families.

One of the pioneers of this activity was a charity organization called Hope and Homes for Children which works in 8 countries. 65 FTCH were founded under their support and 1,100 children found their parents.

At the beginning of the 2000s, the foundation appealed to Obolon with a project for long-term support of large foster families. Since then the company has been helping three children's homes in Kyiv and Chmelnytskyi regions.


Children need a lot of attention, particularly, those who are deprived of their own homes and parental care

The number of orphans and children deprived of parental care in Ukraine, thousand people
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 * 2015*

*  In 2014 Ukraine lost control over the statistical data for orphans due to occupation of certain territories and open hostilities.
This concerns 4.5 thousand children in the Crimean Autonomous Republic, 10 thousand in Donetsk Region and 5 thousand in Luhansk Region.

During the period of existence of the social programme the company has provided about UAH 2.5 million.
  1. Since 2003, Obolon has been supporting five large families. In total the families bring up 45 children aged 5 to 17.
  2. For 12 years Obolon has been providing quarterly financial aid to each of the supported children's homes, amounting to UAH 7-10 thousand and providing the families with its own products, and the employees regularly gather and procure seasonal wear for children.
In total the families bring up 45 children aged 5 to 17

In 2005, Ukraine commenced a reform of family-type upbringing of children deprived of parental care. At the end of last year there were 918 family-type children's homes and more than 4 thousand foster homes in this country.

Due to such a form of organising upbringing, about 13 thousand children have found loving families.

* A family-type children's home (FTCH)
is a separate family founded with the consent of the couple or a separate person who takes at least six orphans and children deprived of parental care for upbringing and joint residence. 


  • Since its establishment and till this day, Obolon Corporation has been maintaining and developing the charity and volunteering traditions. Each year, Obolon makes investments into the regions where its companies are located, implements initiatives of social importance, and supports the partners by funding and product donations. Today the social activity of the company is an important component for sustainable development of the country and for the life of the Ukrainian society.More
  • Achieving a gender balance is important for sustainable development not only as an ethical norm, but as a requirement for effective operation.The companies of Obolon Corporation have about 28% of female employees.Under the Gender Plan adopted in 2011 and the Collective Bargaining Agreement revised in 2012, Obolon guarantees and ensures equal employment rights for men and for women.More
  • The early 2000s boosted the development of corporate volunteering at the Obolon Corporation facilities.The donorship movement in the company, initiated by the employees, has been growing for over 14 years.Each year new employees join the regular donors and continue the noble tradition in the company. More
  • Since 1994, the Obolon Corporation is a member of the Ukrainian Quality Association, and since 1998 a member of the Quality Leaders Club of Ukraine. The Corporation is successful in the competition both on the domestic and on the international markets.In 2008, Obolon created an integrated management system and had four international standards certified at onceMore
  • In 2013, the Obolon Corporation reduced its production waste levels by 48.5%. Among other things, this was achieved due to comprehensive recycling of used PET packaging.For 12 years, Obolon has been running the waste plastic packaging recycling project.The collection of used bottles, reduction of emissions, and reduction of energy consumption help Obolon significantly reduce its environmental impact.More
  • Responsibility is the foundation of the Obolon Corporation’s environmental policy. In addition to the reduction of environmental footprint, the organic brewing waste recycling technologies allow Obolon supply highly nutritious feedstock to agricultural companies.Besides, such production is a source of additional income for the company.More
  • The Obolon Corporation is one of the largest Ukrainian taxpayers.Its companies employ over 5,000 people, about 5% of whom have children under 6 years.In order to ensure comfortable working conditions and help combine the professional and family responsibilities, in 2013 Obolon joined the “Back to Work” employee reintegration project.More
  • Obolon Corporation helps improve the education of the Ukrainian society through systematic investments into the development of education and book publishing and renovation of educational institutions.For 9 years, Obolon has supported the Petro Yatsyk International Contest of Ukrainian Speakers to promote the second most beautiful language in the world.More
  • Obolon started investing into the development of sports back in the 90s.For over two decades, the corporation has been providing comprehensive support to teams and projects promoting a healthy lifestyle. Today, the Obolon Corporation has its own football club, Obolon Brovar, playing in the national championship; the company supports childrens’ and youth soccer (Zmina sports school), and holds competitions among its personnel.More
  • For more than twenty years Obolon has been implementing a support programme for vulnerable social groups. Such categories include disabled and low-income people, senior citizens and disadvantaged children. This area of work also encompasses the support of large families acting as family-type children’s homes. Implementation of this programme secures the right of children to a family upbringing and a happy childhood spent within a family.More