In 2019, Acron Group, a leading mineral fertiliser producer in Russia and globally, increased its spending on the programmes to develop and motivate its employees and provide them with financial assistance to RUB 680 million from RUB 664 million in 2018.
Ensuring the well-being of its employees is one of the Group's most important sustainable development efforts. Acron Group provides financing for employee health care and medical services, employee insurance, professional training and career development, sports and wellness promotion, recruiting and retaining the highly skilled professionals, collaboration with educational institutions, and targeted social programmes.
All the Group’s production facilities have collective agreements in place designed to improve the quality of life of Acron’s employees and their families; this includes a package of extended social benefits and guarantees and voluntary medical insurance. Acron Group provides its employees and their children with the opportunity to obtain medical services at health resorts on preferential terms, as well as compensation for accommodations and services at sports and recreation camps. In 2019, the Group allocated RUB 81 million to medical services and accommodations at health resorts for its employees.
The Group’s production facilities implement several programmes supporting veterans and young specialists. In 2019, Acron invested RUB 29 million in the housing project for young employees. The Group organises popular sporting events at its sports and wellness facilities, and approximately 6,000 Group’s employees and their children participated in these events in 2019.
Acron Group’s training programme is intended to advance the professional skills of its personnel (in 2019, over 1,800 employees passed advanced professional training and re-training programmes). The Group involves students from schools, colleges and universities in its educational efforts and uses the most effective form of training, a mentoring system, to improve professional expertise and accelerate the adaptation of its employees.
Approximately 11,000 employees work at the Group's production facilities. Over the past few years, staffing has remained stable and appropriate for the Group’s needs. Positive working conditions, attractive social packages, and social involvement kept the staff turnover rate at 9.6% in 2019. The average monthly salary at the Group’s production facilities exceeds average wages for Russia’s chemical industry and is higher than the average salary in its footprint regions.