SLK CEMENT AMONG WINNERS OF ‘THE BEST TAXPAYER OF THE YEAR’ COMPETITION IN SVERDLOVSK REGION
Based on the operational results of 2019, SLK Cement is among the winners of the regional competition ‘The Best Taxpayer of the Year’ arranged by the Ministry of Finance of Sverdlovsk Region. Last year, the company paid to various level budgets over RUR 1.7 billion, which was almost RUR 40 mln. more than in 2018.
Thirty-four Ural enterprises have taken part in ‘The Best Taxpayer of the Year’ Competition. The major cement producer of the Ural Federal District already won this competition eight years ago, in 2012. The competition has been held in Sverdlovsk Region since 2011, and its key objectives are increasing of social responsibility of the business, popularization of practices of the region’s best taxpayers and promotion of their roles in the social and economic development of the territory.
As explained by the Ministry of Finance of Sverdlovsk Region, the companies winning in the competition have demonstrated higher budget payments and higher proceeds, and had no outstanding debts and offences related to taxes, charges and salary payment. Besides, the leaders showed positive financial results of their businesses and assured wage indexation, implementation of equipment revamping projects as well as involvement in the development of social infrastructure in their respective operating areas.
«Honesty and law compliance are among the key values of the business code of Buzzi Unicem, which we adhere to in our operations», Andrei IMMOREYEV, Director General of SLK Cement (part of Buzzi Unicem). «In our operations, we follow closely the regulations of legislation in the field of labor safety, industrial, fire, sanitary and environmental safety; taxes and charges, as well as the requirements of the Russian GOST standards for the production of cements and the international standards for quality and customer orientation of the Company. Besides, in spite of the external factors related to the COVID pandemics, we have been steadily implementing our investment projects for revamping of our production equipment and helping our operating areas».
In 2019, the Sukholozhskcement Plant (Municipal District of Sukhoi Log, Sverdlovsk Region) replaced the ECP of Rotary Kiln No.4, which reduced the ecological burden; the slurry mixing system in horizontal and vertical basins was retrofitted in order to increase the production efficiency, and a number of other projects took place. In 2020, the plant completed revamping of the milling shop including the conversion of Cement Mill No.5 from open to closed cycle and installation of a separator.
Apart from large-scale revamping projects, SLK Cement has been for years providing assistance to municipal institutions and organizations in its operating areas.
«The competition is an indicator of social responsibility of the Ural business. The important thing is that our companies as taxpayers, apart from providing the budget revenues, also develop the territory within the framework of social partnership», Galina KULACHENKO, Vice Governor and Finance Minister of Sverdlovsk Region, emphasized.
In 2019, the UrFD’s major cement producer invested more than RUR 9 mln. into the construction of an open-type sports and games complex in Sukhoi Log (home town to the Sukholozhskcement Plant), helped to repair the faculty dormitory of the Sukhoi Log Multi-disciplinary College and a special purpose vehicle for the local fire brigade. This year, the Company has contributed into purchasing some expensive medical equipment for the Sukhoi Log Hospital.