SIBUR prioritises the health and safety of its employees. That is why we, in addition to compliance with recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor and the WHO, make extra efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in the Company’s production facilities and offices.
On 10 March, SIBUR restricted, and on 16 March completely cancelled business trips of its employees. In addition, we urge our employees to refrain from personal trips outside of their home region.
We have implemented a ban on such large-scale events as in-house sessions, training workshops, conferences, and customer events, cancelled all meetings with external counterparties, courier visits, and working meetings involving more than five employees.
Employees who travelled abroad after 1 March or are in close contact with those who did became subject to special guidelines regarding access to offices and production facilities and were required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
From 18 March to 20 April 2020, SIBUR employees are authorised to work from home. Part of employees from the Company's corporate headquarters and part of daytime workers from production facilities in the regions worst hit by the coronavirus can be sent to work from home with 100% pay retained as long as this move does not affect the stability and management of production processes. We readily employ a variety of available digital tools enabling remote control over production processes. Internal and external communications will not be affected and will remain as efficient as previously.
We have instructed all our employees on how to prevent infection. Across our sites, we have introduced toughened personal hygiene requirements for employees and visitors along with mandatory health check measures. The Company's offices and facilities have been provided with more disinfectants and air purifiers.
As of now, SIBUR is delivering on all of its contractual obligations and taking active steps to mitigate the risk of non-performance due to imposed restrictions, including by altering its supply routes to overcome logistic limitations in certain regions. The Company’s vertical integration and vast footprint help respond promptly and flexibly to the majority of market changes.
We are following the situation closely and considering various scenarios for different products. No matter how the situation unfolds, SIBUR will do its best to fulfil its obligations and to notify its external counterparties regarding any possible changes.