Metinvest Group is transforming the social partnership model with the cities where it operates by taking it to a new level. During the Round Table Discussion on the Joint Development of Municipal programmes, the company signed a six-year memorandum of cooperation with Mariupol's municipality.
It is important for the company to get good quality results. Metinvest Group was the first in Ukraine to implement the sustainable urban development approach — from annual systemic programmes of social partnership ten years ago to the implementation of long-term and comprehensive projects in Mariupol since 2015. As part of the memorandum of cooperation, the company, jointly with the municipality, plans to take part in such programmes as "More Than Just Care", "More Than Just Steel" and "More Than Just a Dream".
Some crucial healthcare projects of the More Than Just Care programme are already in progress. For example, Metinvest Group sponsored a major renovation of infectious disease department No. 2 at municipal hospital No. 4. Next on the agenda are two more facilities: infectious disease department No. 1 and bacteriological laboratory. The programme also encompasses other projects such as creating municipal laboratory and diagnostic centres, refurbishing an infectious disease department at municipal hospital No. 1, and carrying out a major renovation of endocrine department at municipal hospital No. 4.
The More Than Just Steel programme includes the construction of four steel-framed facilities, the first of which has been already completed. The city wharf was reconstructed with the help of Metinvest steelmakers and maintenance plants. Furthermore, two residential steel-framed buildings and an administrative and social service centre will be constructed in the central district of Mariupol. Steel construction is the most promising modern practice. It is more cost effective and functional than conventional construction techniques. Multi-storey buildings can be constructed within a short span of time and be of any design, yet they are always practical and reliable.
The More Than Just a Dream programme includes projects that help redefine the notion of the green and prosperous city. It includes a two-phased reconstruction of Hurova Park and a reconstruction of Svoboda Square, Livoberezhna Quay, Pishchanka Beach, and Yakir Lane. The reconstruction of Svoboda Square is completed. It accommodates a cutting-edge system in the form of doves that was presented by Metinvest Group for the City Day to hold visual shows.
Yuriy Ryzhenkov, Chief Executive Officer of Metinvest Group:
“Business cannot exist separately from the city, especially when it comes to enterprises that are major employers for around 30% of the working age population. They are our people, and we want them to live in a comfortable city. We have invested UAH 850 million in social projects in Mariupol over a ten-year period. We have never stepped back from our commitments despite the tough times, the war, economic recessions, and the pandemic. In the critical situation, we allocated additional funds, because the development of cities wins as much attention of the company's shareholders as the modernization of enterprises. They are willing to help and they help directly participating in the promotion of sustainable development of cities and communities.”
Vadym Boychenko, Mariupol City Mayor:
“Partnership with Metinvest helped implement many projects that were important for the city and its residents: from comfortable parks and squares, modern areas for young people and administrative service centres to the installation of life-saving oxygen systems and renovation of hospitals. With the synergy between business and municipality, there is confidence that we will be able to roll out the projects on the agenda, raising the quality of healthcare and education, improve infrastructure, and make the city of Mariupol more comfortable to live in”.
Next year, Mariupol will see the first steel building. The construction of the modern building will require around 300 tonnes of steel that will be produced by Azovstal Iron and Steel Works and Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol that are part of Metinvest Group. The building walls will be made from reinforced concrete, thus making it possible to speed up the construction and erection. Furthermore, a steel frame can be easily reinforced or reconstructed or dismantled at the end of its service life, thus offering further economic and environmental benefits.
As a reminder: when Ukraine faced a risk of pandemic, the public healthcare system was absolutely not ready for a new challenge. There was a shortage of equipment to administer aid to people with severe complications from Covid-19 – modern lung ventilators, sample testers, personal protective gear for medical workers, and express test kits. Rinat Akhmetov was the first to offer help to the country. As early as in February, Rinat Akhmetov allocated UAH 300 million to help the country combat Covid-19. It is the largest contribution one benefactor made to the public healthcare of Ukraine. To be more efficient, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation launched the Fight against COVID-19 in Ukraine project that became part of the Foundation’s Saving Lives programme. The project is unique for Ukraine. It is the largest private initiative aiming to help public healthcare facilities fight against coronavirus. To address the most important medical needs in the country, Rinat Akhmetov combined the resources of the Foundation, Shakhtar football club and other SCM assets. Since February 2020, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has been providing doctors who are on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus with everything they need. More than 200 personal protective gear items were provided to public hospitals. Furthermore, the hospitals received 320,000 express test kits from the Foundation. Purchasing more than 200 top-notch lung ventilators for public hospitals was a key component of aid to the country as part of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation project "Fight against COVID-19 in Ukraine".
In turn, Vadym Novynsky's International Charitable Foundation, in honour of the Feast of the Intercession of the Theotokos, handed over 1 million medical masks, 100,000 express test kits, 10 lung ventilators, 10 infection chambers, 850 biosafety suits, 1,000 goggles for doctors, three diagnostic PCR systems with disposable test kits, and other equipment.”