2015
Sustainable Development of Obolon Corporation
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Corporation
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.
Production
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.
Environment
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.
Economics
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.
Society
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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Employee reintegration

Investment
Period of implementation
Location
Грант Европейского Союза
2013 – 2015
Main Company of Obolon Corporation in Kyiv
Goals
  • Improvement of labor practices for employees with family responsibilities
Problem
  • In Ukraine, there is a problem for women and men coming back to work after a parental leave.Each year, over 400,000 fathers and mothers returning to work face several difficulties:loss of qualification, loss of working position, insufficient number of kindergartens, etc.
  • As a result, the employees with family responsibilities receive lower salaries, make slower career progress, have inferior access to financial resources, and cannot fully apply their labor potential.
  • In 2015, 74 employees were on child care leaves.
  • Additionally, the company has 83 female employees with children aged 3 to 6.
  • Today there is no effective model for the employees’ return from parental leaves in Ukraine, which drives us to look for the ways to improve the working conditions for the persons with family responsibilities.
Decision
  • In order to implement better labor practices at its companies, in 2013 the Obolon Corporation, in cooperation with the Ukrainian Social Workers League, joined the project titled “Back to Work: Re-Integration of Parents to Professional Life after a Parental Leave”, supported by the European Union.
  • The goal of the project is to create favorable conditions for fathers and mothers returning to work after parental leaves, as well as for employees with children under 3 years old.
  • The initiative involves the development of mechanisms to help parents successfully return to work, testing of such mechanisms, experimental introduction at the companies, and respective amendments to the Ukrainian laws.
  • Among the offered practices, Obolon decided on the mechanisms included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, however, the company intends to improve them:
    • professional training, development, and apprenticeship system
    • working times
    • supporting, organizing, and holding sports, health improvement, and cultural events for employees and their families.

Resulit


Obolon joined the project titled “Back to Work:  Re-Integration of Parents to Professional Life after a Parental Leave” in order to implement the most relevant reintegration models in 2014–2015.

The following results were achieved at the first stage of the labour improvement programme:

  1. A task group of company specialists for implementing the reintegration project was formed
  2. A survey of employees with family obligations was held
  3. Survey data were analyzed, and basic steps for improving the current labour practices at the company were taken
  4. A roadmap for the pilot implementation of the Parents Reintegration Model was developed and approved
  5. Representatives of the company’s task group and the Ukrainian Social Workers League took part in the project training sessions
  6. The employees, trade union representatives, and employees on parental leaves took part in the project training sessions

Practices

  • 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