Moscow Exchange’s philanthropic activities aim to help those in need, particularly children, and to finance projects significant to the company via funds specialising in particular social areas.
Cooperation with charitable non-profit organisations is intended to enhance spending efficiency and to maximise the number of beneficiaries. Involvement of the Group’s employees in philanthropic activities as volunteers and donors is an extremely important part of the Group’s policy.
The Philanthropy Committee makes decisions about which organisations and projects to support in accordance with an annually approved budget and spending plans. Its operations are governed by the Philanthropy Committee Policy. A total of around RUB 32 mln was allocated to philanthropic projects in 2014.
In 2014, Moscow Exchange continued to work with organisations such as Gift of Life, ORBI and Vera. The Gift of Life Foundation allocates money to the treatment of children suffering from oncological and haematological conditions. ORBI assists stroke patients and supports stroke prevention efforts, while the Vera Foundation benefits hospices.
In addition to working with non-profit organisations, Moscow Exchange provides targeted aid by participating in individual charitable projects for children. For example, in 2014 it financed the publication of colour-illustrated books for children with impaired vision. The group continues to support the Udelnaya foster home, Moscow boarding school No. 53 for orphans, and the Shatalovo foster home and Safonovo boarding school in the Smolensk region. The Group sponsored participation of the Duet club, which organises sports dancing for wheelchair users, in the Championship of Russia held in St. Petersburg.
Moscow Exchange Group employees are involved in volunteer activities and events held jointly with charitable foundations. Over 100 people joined the ORBI stroke prevention initiative in November 2014. In December 2014, Exchange employees actively participated in a three-week project to provide staple goods for patients at the First Moscow Hospice.
Information on the company’s philanthropic activities is available to employees via the Corporate Charity section of the Exchange’s internal portal, where they can make donations and register for participation in partner volunteer projects with the Gift of Life, ORBI and Vera foundations, as well as propose their own socially beneficial initiatives and ideas. The daily Corporate News e-mail informs employees of ways to get involved in charitable activity.