Promoting environmental protection
We seek to promote a responsible approach to environment among all our stakeholders. For this purpose, we hold various environment-related events, with the participation of our employees’ representatives from government agencies, and the public.
The Yenisei Day
In 2013, Sberbank was again involved in the organisation of The Yenisei Day, an environment-related event aimed to attract public attention to the state of the Yenisei, one of the largest Russian rivers. This year, this environment-protection event turned into a full-scale public movement. In 2013, The Yenisei Day expanded beyond the Krasnoyarsk Territory and is now held in the adjacent Republics of Khakassia and Tyva. Over 500 representatives from 12 organisations took part in the event. The participants, including employees of Vostochno-Sibirsky bank, worked hard to remove dozens of tonnes of garbage and clean the banks of small rivers that feed the Grand Yenisei — Kana, Kacha, Angara, Chulyma, Podkamennay Tunguska, and Abakana.
The Green Marathon
In 2013, Sberbank continued conduction of the Green Marathon. Over 500,000 Russians in 42 Russian cities participated in the 4.2 km race, after which they planted over 3,000 trees and bushes contributing to the landscaping of their cities.
Sberbank’s initiative was highly praised by international organisations. The Green Marathon project is included into the Billion Trees campaign implemented worldwide by UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) since 2007.
In addition, the Green Marathon project received two awards for contributing to sustainability from the Gateway to the Future! National Award. This award was also granted to Sberbank for environmental and social initiatives, implemented as part of the Olympic partnership.
Joint events with environmental organisations
Over 9% of Sberbank Czech Republic employees participated in environmental events held jointly with the Čmelák — Friends of Nature non-profit organisation. The participants planted 1,300 trees and built a fence to protect the newly-born trees from wild animals. The bank also cooperates with the Pálava Environmental Education Centre to collect garbage and improve the Děvín nature reserve.