NAC Kazatomprom JSC strives to minimise its environmental impact and at the same time maximise its contribution to sustainable socio-economic development of the regions of presence to improve the living standards of the present and future generations. The principles of sustainable development lie at the core of the Company's operations.
of Kazatomprom's employees
covered by collective bargaining
на 3.%
reduction in
emissions across
the Group

Sustainability Management

Key indicators and achievements

Assessment of sustainability practices maturity across the Company's subsidiaries and affiliates

Updated Map of Stakeholders

Analysis of efforts and costs of sustainable development system rollout at the headquarters

A working group was set to foster a project on decarbonisation strategy development and reaching carbon neutrality

A preliminary analysis of compliance with ESG ratings was done using methodologies of Sustainalytics, MSCI, and SP Global

UN Sustainable Development Goals


Kazatomprom contributes to sustainable development, strives to provide and increase long-term economic, social and environmental benefits for both present and future generations. The Company is committed to sustainable growth while ensuring the safest possible production and reducing its environmental footprint.

Company supports the global UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, hardwiring them into its operations. Within the framework of the UN SDGs, a number of benchmarks most consistent with the industry focus and strategy of the Company, and the interests of stakeholders are particularly relevant for Kazatomprom.

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Principles of sustainable development of NAC Kazatomprom JSC

When determining priority sustainability areas, Kazatomprom follows the principles of the UN Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, as well as other international standards and initiatives in this area.

Kazatomprom’s priority areas of sustainable development
Structure of management of aspects of sustainable development

System of documents in the area of sustainable development

Strategic Documents
  • Development Strategy
Policies and Codes
  • Corporate Policy of Sustainable Development
  • Code of Ethics and Compliance
  • Corporate Governance Code
  • Risk Management Policy
  • Anti-Corruption and Anti-Fraud Policy
  • Policy of Innovation and Technological Development
  • Environmental protection
  • Social Responsibility
  • Policy for H&S, environmental protection measures, environmental and radiation safety hazards
  • CSR Policy
  • H&S Code and Safety Regulations
  • HR Policy
Corporate standards and regulations
  • Corporate standard in strategic business planning
  • Corporate standard “System of standard production safety. Working with subsidiaries in areas of occupational safety”
Rules and procedures
  • Programme for sustainable development in the areas of corporate and social responsibility in 2017-2019
  • Action Plan for energy efficiency and energy saving
  • Stakeholder Map
  • Digital Transformation Programme
  • Procurement Management Rules
  • Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP)
  • Collective bargaining agreement
  • Social obligations under subsoil use contracts

Focusing on the best international practices, Kazatomprom integrates the principles of social responsibility into decision-making processes and operations.

The management system currently in place at Kazatomprom includes a risk management system. The Company is confident that timely risk identification and assessment, as well as an adequate response to risks, allow effective decision-making at all levels and ensure the achievement of strategic goals and key performance indicators of the Company. In this regard, Kazatomprom identified risks in the field of sustainable development for the first time in 2021.

For more details, see the Corporate Governance and Ethics section, the Risk Management and Internal Control subsection

Kazatomprom plans to continue improving its corporate sustainability management practices by developing and implementing internal policies governing various aspects of sustainable development, as well as integrating sustainable development principles into its corporate governance system.


Kazatomprom seeks to further improve its corporate sustainability actions. In 2021, Kazatomprom’s Integrated Annual Report 2020 was recognised as the best annual report in the non-financial sector and won the Best Interactive Version of the Annual Report nomination announced by the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE).

NAC Kazatomprom JSC was among the Top 3 Kazakhstani companies in terms of the completeness and quality of disclosed ESG information. PricewaterhouseCoopers Kazakhstan has ranked the Company as 2nd for its achievements in ESG disclosure in the 2020 Integrated Annual Report.

Supporting sustainability standards and initiatives

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Standard/Initiative Participation of NAC Kazatomprom JSC
UN Conventions, International Labour Organization We declare support, take it into account in internal corporate documents
UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 We declare support, take it into account when addressing operations and reporting
Key Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Reporting
Sustainable development system milestones


Kazatomprom fully shares the values of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. The Company recognises the importance of all 17 UN SDGs and, as part of its operations, strives to make a feasible contribution to their achievement. Due to the specifics of our activities, we have identified 6 priority UN SDGs to which the Company makes the most significant contribution.

Kazatomprom’s Priority UN Sustainable Development Goals

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The table below provides a brief description of the Company's actions under each of the priority UN SDGs. For more information on the projects and initiatives implemented in 2021 under each goal, see the thematic subsections of the Report.

Contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals
UN SDG Relevant SDG target Key results in 2021
By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases through prevention and treatment and supporting mental health and wellbeing
  • KZT 4.4 billion allocated to finance employee health improvement and treatment programmes
  • KZT 1.1 billion spent to finance actions preserving the health and prevent diseases of employees
  • The Company took measures to prevent the spread and eliminate the consequences of COVID-19
  • Kazatomprom implemented measures to improve the quality of health of employees and draw their attention to a healthy lifestyle
By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
  • 14,100 behavioural audits conducted
  • 217 managers, including the Chairman of the Management Board, completed the H&S training
  • We continued the Mal-Zhan Aman project seeking to prevent road traffic accidents involving livestock
  • The Company’s continued using stop cards to stop unsafe works
  • Assessment questionnaries were introduced for drivers and passengers
By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses due to hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
  • KZT 206.96 million invested in the implementation of Kazatomprom Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP)
  • The Company developed guidelines and projects to enhance the safety culture
  • Kazatomprom approved and introduced Corporate Standard ST NAC 17.4-2021 System of Environmental Standards. Guidelines for Monitoring of Impact of In-situ Recovery on Ground and Underground Waters of Uranium Deposits
  • Kazatomprom passed the certification audit of the integrated industrial safety management system and confirmed its certificate from the TÜV International Certification (Germany) in accordance with the requirements of two international standards, ISO 45001 and ISO 14001
  • We developed a system for automated monitoring of radiation hazards based on threshold gamma radiation dosimeter readings with the possibility to measure and control the equivalent dose and the equivalent dose rate of external gamma radiation
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsections “Social Responsibility”, “Health and Safety”
By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • The Company's PV plants generated 3.34 MWh
  • Kazatomprom implemented projects in support of the global green energy trend
By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • KZT 840 million was the actual economic effect of the Company's energy efficiency measures
  • All enterprises of the Group have the ISO 50001 energy management system in place
  • Kazatomprom used a number of alternative energy sources (photovoltaic stations, solar heaters, and heat pumps)
КBy 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investments in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology
  • Kazatomprom took part in the 65th IAEA General Conference and became a co-founder of the Vienna Group
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsections “Climate Change and Energy Efficiency”, “Environmental Protection”
Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labourintensive sectors
  • The Company has developed its 2022 procurement plans and allocated the full data in SAP ERP system
  • We replicated IT processes at 12 subsidiaries and affiliates
  • A roadmap was developed to achieve the license compliance across Kazatomprom
  • The Group filed 16 intellectual property applications and received 15 intellectual property titles
Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead
  • Works are underway to generate content for a digital map of the mines in Syrdarya and Shu-Sarysu provinces
  • Kazatomprom developed a project to introduce an automated emission monitoring system at stationary sources of APPAK LLP and JV Khorasan-U LLP to control the release of chemical compounds into the air, with plans in place to replicate the project at Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC
  • We conducted emergency response training on alarm signals in case of a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction at all nuclear installations of Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC
  • The Company developed a project for upgrade of a refinery shop at Kazatomprom-SaUran LLP
By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and people with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • Employees are recruited through employment centres, educational institutions, electronic labour exchange, and other Internet resources on a competitive basis In 2021, the competition was ten candidates per job opening in the headquarters and eight candidates per job opening for subsidiaries and affiliates
  • The Company finances studies of 320 students majoring in industry-specific areas and occupations in universities and colleges of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Men and women enjoy equal work, employment, and pay
  • A local Izbasar programme is in place designed to develop young specialists
Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all employees, including migrant employees, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment
  • The collective bargaining agreement covers 94% of employees
  • The health and safety management system covers 100% of the Group's employees
  • Kazatomprom introduced an Occupational Safety Management System corporate standard at all mining subsidiaries and affiliates
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsections “Socio-economic contribution”, “Social Responsibility”, “Transparent Procurements”
Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human wellbeing, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
  • KZT 1.609 billion channelled into the regional budgets for the socio-economic development and infrastructure
  • KZT 850.9 million allocated for social projects
  • The Company implemented a range of socially significant projects, including the purchase of training equipment, landscaping and improvements of localities, financial assistance to socially vulnerable groups (coal, food packages, school supplies, New Year's gifts)
By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resourceuse efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
  • KZT 48,229 million in well construction costs
  • KZT 12,717 million allocated to maintain mining companies
Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of R&D workers per 1 million people and public and private R&D spending
  • 57 R&D contracts for a total of KZT 3.24 billion
  • 252 employees, including 7 doctors of science and 48 candidates of science, are engaged in research and development
  • The Group's employees submitted 2,277 innovation proposals, of which 2,020 were accepted and 1,367 were implemented
  • Four contracts were signed to grant the right to use the inventions with JV Southern Mining and Chemical Company LLP, Karatau LLP, Semizbay-U LLP, and ME ORTALYK LLP
Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
  • Kazatomprom continues cooperation with Satbayev University that is home to the country's first International Science and Education Centre for the Nuclear Industry
  • The Company signed a number of memoranda of cooperation on R&D and innovations
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsections “Socio-economic contribution, Social Responsibility”, “Science and Innovations”
By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • Researches was conducted to improve the environmental safety of production:
    • Studies of the impact of underground uranium leaching processes on groundwater and the development of guidelines (Standard)
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • As part of the R&D efforts, the following projects were implemented:
    • Implementing new technologies, materials, and equipment to reduce the production cost of chemical concentrate of natural uranium and uranium oxide
    • Developing low-acid leaching technology using cavitation-jet technologies in combination with special-purpose chemicals
    • Studies of trace element and isotopic composition to create portraits of finished products of uranium mining companies
  • Developing a software prototype that will identify samples of finished products of uranium mining and uranium processing enterprises and generate identification reports
By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • Subsidiaries and affiliates have in-house landfills for placement and long-term storage of drill cuttings classified as non-hazardous waste (the main components are non-toxic and non-radioactive minerals, clay, and sand particles)
  • Separate collection points and special sites for temporary storage of wastes on the territories of Kazatomprom's mines
  • Regular timely removal of production and consumption waste for disposal
Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
  • Kazatomprom's production processes are powered by the most environmentally friendly in-situ recovery technology
  • The Company annually prepares Integrated Reports where it discloses its influence in ESG areas, in particular, they show how resource consumption in the Group changes over the course of several years thanks to rational management approaches, lean production, and upgrade
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsections “Environmental Protection”, “Science and Innovations”
Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • As part of the corporate decarbonisation and carbon neutrality strategy, we revamped boiler plants at Karatau LLP rotational camp to switch hot water boilers from diesel fuel to liquefied gas in accordance with the safety requirements for gas supply facilities in 2021
Improve education, awarenessraising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • We implemented measures to improve environmental culture: clean-ups, landscaping and territory improvement, planting trees, participation in the Earth Day campaign, etc.
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsection “Climate Change and Energy Efficiency”

Contribution to the Second Priority UN Sustainable Development Goals

In the reporting period, the company continued to contribute to the achievement of the second priority UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG Relevant SDG target Key results in 2021
By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • The Company took actions to implement the Comprehensive Educational Programme 2019–2023 to streamline employee training, retraining and upskilling
  • Cooperation with higher educational institutions, internships, and work placement of young specialists
  • Career guidance at schools
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsection “Social Responsibility”
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
  • Subsidiaries and affiliates launch wastewater treatment plants and biological water treatment plants to use purified water for irrigation
  • Storage ponds, evaporation ponds, filtration fields, septic tanks are in place at mining enterprises
  • 924 megaliters of water treated at biological treatment facilities
  • 2,144 megaliters of water treated at primary treatment facilities
  • 5,648 megaliters of reused water
By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity, and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
  • 8,531.3 megaliters of water withdrawn from groundwater
  • 1,583 megaliters of water withdrawn from municipal and other water supply systems
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsection “Environmental Protection”
By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
  • No discrimination cases in the Company
  • Kazatomprom conducted an anonymous survey to measure employees awareness of protection of rights and interests, anxiety in the team, discrimination, and the problems in communications with managers
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsection “Social Responsibility“, Section “Corporate Governance and Ethics”, subsection “Corporate Ethics and Compliance”
By 2020, ensure conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
  • Company approved the standard “Methodological guidelines for monitoring the impact of the ISR technology on groundwater and underground waters at uranium deposits”
Take urgent and significant action to reduce degradation of natural habitat, halt the loss of biodiversity, and by 2020 protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species
  • Employees of 14 subsidiaries and affiliates were trained on assessment of biodiversity at uranium deposits
  • We conducted an analysis of the impact on cumulative pollution of air, water resources and/or ecosystems at Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC
  • Kazatomprom assessed the impact of the production of TTC-Shieli and Auto Service on the environment and the local population. No negative impact on flora and fauna was reported near the branches
See Section “Sustainable Development”, subsection “Environmental Protection”
Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  • 55 reports to the Anti-Fraud Hotline were handled
  • No corruption cases
See Section “Corporate Governance and Ethics”, subsection “Corporate Ethics and Compliance”
Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
  • Kazatomprom is a member of five international nuclear industry organisations and four national sectoral organizations
  • The Company worked to see compliance with the requirements of the UN Global Compact in order to further join the UN GC
  • The Company annually publishes integrated annual reports where it discloses non-financial reporting indicators in accordance with the GRI
  • The Company engages an independent auditor to assure non-financial data in integrated annual reports
See Section Business Profile, subsection “Association Membership and International Compliance”

Socio-economic Contribution

Key indicators and achievements

Kazatomprom allocated

KZT 1.

for socio-economic development as part of its commitments under subsoil use contracts

KZT 0.9

in investment in socially important projects

UN Sustainable Development Goals


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As a large company, Kazatomprom has a significant impact on the environment and life of local communities. Kazatomprom's mining and production facilities operate in five regions of Kazakhstan: Turkistan, Kyzylorda, East Kazakhstan, Akmola, and Northern Kazakhstan regions. Kazatomprom recognises that the long-term success of its business depends on social and economic stability maintained in the regions of operations and in the country as a whole, on mutually beneficial relations with representatives of the central and local authorities, as well as on the quality of working and living conditions for its employees.

Chief HR and Transformation Officer is responsible for the external social policy and interaction with local communities.

In 2021, the Company consistently implemented measures aimed at ensuring long-term productive relations with the regions where it operates and strengthening its image as a socially responsible business.

KZT 1.

Kazatomprom makes a significant contribution to the well-being and socio-economic development of the regions of operations by:

Key indicators of Kazatomprom's economic contribution to the development of regions of operations

Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Taxes and obligatory payments paid, KZT billion 102.4 116.5 153.0
Dividends paid, KZT billion 80.0 99.0 150.1
Average monthly salary of Kazatomprom employees, KZT/month 320,828 331,380 370,894
Ratio of average monthly salary of Kazatomprom employees to average salary in the Republic of Kazakhstan 1.7 1.6 1.5
Kazatomprom’s social expenses, KZT million 3,044 3,494 3,451
Share of social expenses in revenue, % 0.6 0.6 0.5


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In January 2016, the Board of Directors of Samruk- Kazyna JSC approved the Charity Policy and the Charity Programme of the Fund, as part of which Kazatomprom implements projects and programs aimed at solving socially palpable issues.

Volkovgeology JSC won the the Kindest Team nomination for its philanthropic activities, including the organisation of voluntary material aid to an employee's child seriously ill with cancer, the Nauryz Meirimi, Way to School charity campaigns, and other projects.

To support local communities, subsidiaries and affiliates can implement charity initiatives independently. Subsidiaries and affiliates participate in annual charity events and cultural activities in the regions where they operate. In particular, they assist children from orphanages and large families and provide social support and sponsor communities, thus, helping improve local public services and amenities. They also play an active role in environmental campaigns and volunteer clean-up days, as well as in organising public events and celebrations.

In addition, subsidiaries and affiliates implement the community development programmes as part of the Company's philanthropic and sponsorship activities. These programmes are based on the requests of the local communities and vulnerable groups, through the engagement of the Akimats, the Council of Elders, if any, and volunteers. The Company operates a hotline that received requests, including requests from external stakeholders.


The Company's enterprises annually implement socially significant projects aimed at the socio-economic and infrastructural development of the regions where the Company operates, including improving the quality of life of employees of the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as their family members in the regions where they live.

Kazatomprom initiated a number of socially significant projects in 2021, including the construction of an ambulance station, children's playgrounds and sports grounds, the purchase of educational equipment, improvement of settlements, financial assistance to vulnerable social groups in the form of coal, food baskets, school supplies, New Year presents, as well as a number of other socially significant initiatives.

KZT 0.9

Investments in external social programme, 2021, KZT million

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Area Investment
Healthcare support 479.7
Sports support 109.3
Vulnerable groups support 136.5
Veterans and pensioners support 14.1
Regional social infrastructure development 1.0
Education support 110.3


Projects in this area seek to support the development of healthcare institutions, including purchase of medical equipment, as well as targeted assistance to people with serious diseases: payment for expensive operations, purchase of medicines and rehabilitation.

In the reporting period, Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC arranged supply of liquid oxygen, which is produced at the UMP nitrogen-hydrogen-oxygen station, to three medical institutions in Ust-Kamenogorsk, where inpatient clinics for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 are functioning.

In June 2021, JV Katko LLP signed a contract with the Turkistan Oblast Akimat to finance the construction of a 25-brigade regional ambulance station.


The main areas of science and education development included in Kazatomprom's social policy are comprehensive support and assistance to educational institutions in the regions where it operates.

In 2020, JV KATKO developed a number of projects as part of the 2020-2025 strategy roadmap: among such projects is education and support for schoolchildren and students in Sozak district. 10 students from the region, who are studying at various universities and colleges in Kazakhstan, receive a monthly allowance of KZT 50,000. These are future engineers, doctors, teachers, etc. Also in 2021, the Company assisted 18 students, children of its employees, to obtain higher education. JV KATKO pays for their education in the energy sector at universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In cooperation with the Sozak District Akimat, in 2020- 2021, KATKO sponsored a total of KZT 142 million to fully equip multimedia, biology and physics classrooms at 14 schools in Sozak district. The company also began a partnership with the National Geographic Qazaqstan magazine and provided subscriptions to the magazine for 74 schools in Turkistan and the Sozak District. In the framework of cooperation, the editors of the magazine arrange online seminars in the Kazakh language for teachers and students on environmental awareness.

JV KATCO also financed the complete equipping of multimedia classrooms at seven schools of the district for a total of KZT 67.5 million.


In 2021, the Young Professionals' Council of Kazatomprom organised an online camp to develop leadership potential for high school students located in the regions where the Company operates. The events took place with the aim of informing about the activities of the nuclear holding company and developing the emotional intelligence, personal, and leadership qualities of schoolchildren.

About 50 students of 9-11 grades of school No. 127 (Shieli village, Kyzylorda region) and 30 pupils of secondary school No. 164 (Kuttykozha village, Kyzylorda region), as well as 50 high school students of Kenesbayev school (Taukent village, Turkistan) and Bokenov school (Kyzemshek village, Turkistan).


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Identification of current problems in the areas of operation and assistance in their solution and the development of social infrastructure are also among the priorities of Kazatomprom's external social programmes.

In early September 2021, Kazatomprom completed the construction of modern children's playgrounds and sports grounds in seven communities in Turkistan.

SKZ-U LLP provided support to local residents living in Zhanakorgan district of Kyzylorda region. For example, access to drinking water was organised through the Talap-Syrdarya group water pipeline for the sparsely populated village of Kauyk, which is not covered by any state programme to provide clean drinking water because only 34 people live there.

JV Katco LLP financed the construction of a minifootball pitch and a playground in Baldysu village, Sozak district.

Within the framework of the Mal-Zhan Aman project, 1,444 retro-reflective collars for horses, cows and camels grazing along the road, were handed over to owners of households under the sponsorship of APPAK LLP to prevent road accidents at night.


As part of its social support, the Company provides targeted assistance to those in need, supports socially important initiatives and promotes the involvement of employees and active residents to solve social problems in the regions where it operates.

Traditionally, as part of Nauryz Meiramy celebrations, Kazatomprom enterprises arrange various activities in the regions where they operate, aimed at providing assistance and support to families in need. Thus, a charity event called 30 GOOD DEEDS was held in Shieli district, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Employees of RU-6 LLP took an active part in this charity event. Seventy low-income families with many children from Shieli village received assistance in the form of food baskets. Employees of Korgan-Kazatomprom conducted the Marathon of Good Deeds – Igі іster kүni – where employees used their own money to help the families of their colleagues with many children, as well as the children of employees in need of medical treatment.

Also, on New Year's Eve, the Council organised a charity event, Jyly Jurek, to give New Year's greetings to children from low-income families with many children. Five families with 30 children were covered in Nursultan.


Kazatomprom pays great attention to supporting veterans and pensioners who are former employees. To mark the Victory Day, we held events to honour veterans of the Great Patriotic War and home front workers. There were gifts and the required assistance provided. An online flash mob 'I remember, I am proud' was organised.

On a continuous basis, APPAK LLP provides assistance to mothers with many children, home front veterans in the care of Karakura Rural District, pensioners aged 90 and over, people with disabilities and low-income families.


The following social projects are scheduled for 2022:

To engage local residents more actively, Kazatomprom will cooperate with local executive authorities in 2022 to train local residents to register in the HR eKAP information system used to publish job openings in the Company, subsidiaries and affiliates and register potential candidates for employment. Each of the planned meetings in the regions will present the HR eKAP system and explain how to create electronic CVs and responses to job openings.

Social Responsibility

Key indicators and achievements
KZT 1,

in investment in personnel training and development


of total employee training time


of female top managers

UN Sustainable Development Goals

One of the key assets of Kazatomprom is its highly skilled staff. Employees play a key role in production processes, and they are the main driver of success at Kazatomprom.

Kazatomprom has a motivating HR policy, which provides for competitive salaries and a high level of social guarantees (health insurance, pension schemes, health resort treatment and recreation, family programmes, etc.).


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Kazatomprom has designed an effective HR management system aimed to ensure professional development of employees, improving their qualifications, as well as further career growth in the Company.

The Company strives to create equal and fair working conditions for all employees so that they can fulfil their potential regardless of nationality, gender, origin, age, education, social status, religious, political or other beliefs. This approach is in line with the UN SDGs aimed to improve the quality of life and welfare of people of all ages, to provide inclusive and equal quality education and lifelong learning opportunities, and to achieve gender equality and decent working conditions for everyone without exception.

The Company's HR management activities are regulated by Kazatomprom HR Policy 2018-2028. This document is one of the most important tools for achieving the strategic goals of the Company. It is designed to motivate employees, achieve high labour efficiency with due regard to their interests and capabilities, and stimulate the active engagement of personnel in the Company’s life.

Key tasks in human resources management at Kazatomprom:

Staff recruiting, maintaining a corporate culture and relationships with employees are also based on:

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Human Resources Management Department and other responsible structural units of NAC Kazatomprom JSC are responsible for HR Policy efficiency and direct relations with personnel.



In 2021, the total headcount of the Group's personnel dropped by 1.8% year on year as a result of KazPV projects’ divestment, as well as measures to optimise and modernise processes.

Kazatomprom’s workforce during 2019-2021, persons
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Average staff number at the end of the reporting period

Total headcount (staff members, civil law contracts)

The majority of the Group's employees are employed on long-term contracts (>91%), while around 9% are employed on fixed-term contracts.

Kazatomprom’s average employees by form of employment, 2019-2021, persons

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Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Long-term contract 19,794 19,821 19,122
males 16,188 16,227 15,696
females 3,606 3,594 3,426
Fixed-term contract 798 1,198 1,521
males 565 1,001 1,246
females 233 197 275
Full-time employment 20,577 21,011 20,627
males 16,745 17,222 16,931
females 3,832 3,789 3,696
Part-time employment 15 8 16
males 8 6 11
females 7 2 5
Under civil-law contracts 546 769 388
males 372 518 263
females 174 251 125

The average age of employees was 40 years. Employees under 30 accounted for 13.6%.

Kazatomprom’s average number of employees by age, 2019-2021

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Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Under 30 3,632 3,201 2,799
30 to 50 11,707 12,260 12,034
Over 50 5,253 5,558 5,810
Average workforce age, years 41 41 40
Equal opportunities
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Kazatomprom follows the non-discrimination principle. The Company prohibits any restriction of employees’ labour rights and freedoms or any benefits and advantages received on the ground of gender, race, nationality, language, origin, as well as property, family, social and official status, age, place of residence, religion, beliefs, affiliation/non-affiliation with any public association or social group, as well as other circumstances not related to the employee’s professional qualities.

In the reporting period, no cases of discrimination were recorded.

Gender breakdown

Due to the nature of production operations in the mining industry, the share of females in the total number employed by the Group in the reporting period remained at the level of the previous year and at the end of 2021 was 18%, while the share of males was 82%.



Employment of people with disabilities
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As an equal opportunity employer, Kazatomprom provides jobs for people with disabilities. In 2021, the Group employed 153 persons with disabilities, an increase of 2 persons compared to 2020. The share of employees with disabilities in 2021 was 0.7% of the average employees.

Average number of employees with disabilities,



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In 2021, 3,316 people were employed by the Group, of which 67% work in South Kazakhstan (including Shymkent). Kazatomprom has no policy of preferential hiring of local employees. Selection for candidates is based on the education, qualifications and professional qualities of the applicants.

In 2021, the Group's staff turnover was 13%. Compared to 2020, this indicator slightly increased by 3%.

In 2021, 51% of employees who left the Group were men aged 30-50 years. Its largest share was in the southern region (including Shymkent), and amounted to 66%. This situation is due to the location of the Company's uranium mining operations.


Kazatomprom seeks to ensure decent and timely pay for its employees and applies transparent approaches to material remuneration, striving to maintain wages at a high competitive level on the labour market and in the industry.

The Company has a remuneration system that complies with national legislation and defines minimum wages, working hours and overtime pay.


On 1 January 2022, Kazatomprom completed the project for systemization of rewards for employees of Kazatomprom companies that was launched in 2019. The project had two stages rolled out in 14 Company's subsidiaries and affiliates with about 6,000 employees. Starting from 1 January 2022, it was also implemented at 7 production and auxiliary subsidiaries with about 12,000 employees. The project made the methodology of the reward system transparent, streamlined and understandable for every employee of NAC Kazatomprom JSC.

The systemization of reward implies:
  • taking a unified approach to the list and amount of payments and to the procedure for their calculation at enterprises, regardless of the nationality of the shareholders, working conditions and the production technologies and capacities used
  • grading 100% of positions in subsidiaries and affiliates
  • keeping or increasing salaries and/or tariff rates
  • comparing annual income of employees at Company's subsidiaries and affiliates with the average income of employees at the same level (grade) in Kazakhstan
  • paying performance bonuses for individual and team performance
  • taking a unified approach to payment for harmful/hazardous and extremely hazardous/significantly hazardous working conditions and to determining the duration of additional leave
  • taking a unified approach to the amount and procedure for payment of leave bonuses by the employer
  • reviewing and eliminating additional payments (personal allowances, workmanship, foreman's allowance, non-transparent bonuses) so that the annual payroll of each employee remains unchanged

In accordance with the HR Management Corporate Standard of Samruk-Kazyna JSC, the reference wage market for employees of Company's subsidiaries and affiliates is the general industrial market of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the level of wages tends to its median.


The excess is due to payment for downtime owing to circumstances beyond control of employees and employers related to restricted access to workplaces and to payment for employees involved on weekends during pandemic/quarantine periods. In addition, the implementation of the reward systemisation project included an increase in labour costs to introduce additional payments, such as holiday bonuses from the employer or year-end bonuses, which were not previously available in the budgets of individual enterprises.

Kazatomprom’s payroll fund, KZT

Average monthly wage of production personnel

Payroll fund, KZT million

Kazatomprom pays special attention to analysing the ratio of remuneration for females and males. Due to the industrial nature of the business, which often requires physical labour, most employees are male. Nevertheless, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination with regard to recruitment, rewards determination, performance appraisal and career development for females.

Long-term and short-term staff motivation

The rewards paid to employees for meeting planned targets, strategic and operational goals of the Group’s companies, as well as for generating innovative ideas, high professionalism, and a responsible attitude to work are the key components of the financial remuneration system, which fuels the long-term motivation of personnel.

Additional incentives include:


Kazatomprom strives to develop and realize the intellectual, professional and creative potential of young specialists. In 2017, Kazatomprom launched the Zhas Orken internship programme for young specialists, initiated by Samruk-Kazyna JSC. In 2021, the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates had 13 young specialists on 15 rotations. Upon completion of the 2019 Zhas Orken programme, 12 Kazatomprom mentors were awarded with badges of honour and letters of appreciation from Samruk-Kazyna JSC for their contribution to the Zhas Orken programme in 2021.

In 2021, within the framework of replicating the Zhas Orken programme, the Company successfully continued to implement the local Izbasar programme aimed at developing young specialists. The purpose of the programme is to nurture talented leaders with the prospect of gradual career development at Kazatomprom enterprises.

The Izbasar programme provides a unique experience of internships and special training at several Company's enterprises. Thus, in 2021, eight young specialists were selected on a competitive basis to undertake a 15-month paid internship at the Company and its enterprises. As a result of the rotation of the students enrolled under the IZBASAR programme, four graduates of the programme were employed by the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates.


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The Company has an effective system of internal communications, which ensures several feedback channels.

The main channel of communication is the Company's Internet resource,

The website provides external stakeholders with the opportunity to leave a written appeal or complaint and, if necessary, to contact the hotline by phone.

The Company supports the development of a feedback culture by:

The Group’s enterprises monitor and analyse inquiries, providing quarterly reports to Kazatomprom's headquarters. Based on the analysis results for each inquiry, we follow up the elimination of violations and make appropriate recommendations.


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Staff training and development is one of the Company's priorities under the Corporate Culture Transformation and Development Programme. Kazatomprom implements the best and most effective educational practices in the areas of operational efficiency, occupational safety, human rights, labour protection and career guidance. The Company implements programmes to develop leadership competencies and trains mentors and internal coaches. Annually, employees of the Company's enterprises undergo compulsory and professional training.

Education level of Kazatomprom’s staff, 2019-2021, %

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Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Higher 42,19 42,93 43,81
Secondary vocational 32,13 32,66 33,49
Basic vocational 3,91 3,19 3,26
Secondary 21,70 21,17 19,42
Basic 0,07 0,06 0,02

The Company has a Comprehensive Training Programme 2019-2023, which is aimed at systematizing the processes of training, retraining and advanced training of employees and includes such elements as

The training is conducted on the basis of the corporate university at Kazakhstan Nuclear University with the involvement of internal experts and external providers.

Kazatomprom invests a significant amount of resources in the training and development of its employees. In 2021, Kazatomprom invested KZT 1,476 million in employee training and development.

IN 2021

Training is based on the principle of self-learning, according to which 70% of training takes place at work, 20% of skills are acquired by employees through the mentoring and coaching programmes, and 10% through training courses and other training programmes.

The HR Department is responsible for supporting managers in training employees, organizing the training process and choosing educational programmes, as well as educational service providers.


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Kazatomprom has introduced a procedure for evaluating the professional, personal, and business as well as managerial qualities by analysing the common and individual performance of each employee. The evaluation and analysis procedure determines the training needs of employees and their future career opportunities. Based on the analysis, we draw up a development plan or corrective plan for the employee, change the remuneration, and promote/demote the employee.

Upon completion of the training, an assessment of the completed training is carried out by filling out questionnaires by the trainees, and then after 3 months, the assessment of the completed training by the head of the trained employee.


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Company pays close attention to improving the practical skills and abilities of employees due to the constantly tightening requirements for their qualifications. Kazatomprom develops and implements advanced training programmes in professional areas, including mandatory training in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

All training programmes of the Company are aimed at improving managerial and personal and business competencies of managers, talents (successors), forming effective and management teams, unlocking internal potential, improving cross-functional interaction, as well as applying the acquired skills in the working environment and achieving better results.


In 2021, Company continued its Leadership Development Programme for 2018-2021, aimed at developing managers of CEO, CEO-1, and CEO-2 level. The programme for 2018-2021 provides training comprising three areas: self-management, people management and task management.

The purpose of the programme is to transfer the knowledge gained by managers to subsequent levels, including subsidiaries and affiliates of Kazatomprom. Kazakh and international service providers with experience in leadership development, management competencies, coaching tools, and team management were engaged.

It is implemented through a number of projects, such as working sessions in the format of business games triggerring team searches for solutions to challenging issues, improving the leadership system and increasing employee engagement.

Over three years, the Programme embraced 23 workshops, training sessions, strategy sessions and business simulations, covering 100% of managers at the level of CEO-1 and CEO-2. 443 manhours of training were conducted, the total number of academic hours was 220 hours.

Corporate programmes aimed at leadership development, lean production, corporate culture and safety culture are still relevant in 2021.


In 2021, as part of knowledge retention and transfer, candidates were enrolled for the second round of Kazatomprom’s School of Internal Trainers. There are specific phases of training and certification. In the last phase, 13 specially trained internal trainers of the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates will begin to coach staff of the entire Group, in order to meet the need for professional training. The selection process among candidates for internal trainers in 2021 was carried out in line with the Company's strategic goals.

In the reporting period, Company continued the School of Mine Directors’ programme. 15 employees were trained under the first stage of School of Mine Directors’ programme. Another 19 managers of production facilities and engineering and technical personnel are also currently attending the second phase.

Company's employees traditionally held master classes in 2021. This training programme was recorded, posted on the Group’s corporate portal, and currently available to all employees. Such a format provides for the use of videos as additional training materials featuring unique knowledge and best practices.

Moreover, as part of enhancing financial literacy, master classes were held in 2021 for employees of the Company, subsidiaries and affiliates, with the participation of external experts in economics and finance, internal trainers and employees of relevant structural units of the Company. As part of the internal training development, Kazatomprom held 14 online meetings on sustainable development, HSE, etc.

As part of a professional welfare programme implementation aimed at professional and career achievements of employees, the Company fully implemented a comprehensive staff training and development programme in 2021. In particular, expert master classes and career days were held in order to enhance knowledge of the Company's business processes. A recognition programme was also implemented: professional skills competitions Best Employee of the Year / Zhyl kyzmetkeri.

In 2021, Kazatomprom held its first career hackathon, which included panel discussions with Company experts, and a case championship, the winners of which were given the unique opportunity to participate in individual mentoring, coaching and career sessions with Company top managers and experts, as well as the opportunity to advance to the second stage of the IZBASAR young professionals programme.


In 2012, the Company introduced a management succession programme for Kazatomprom, aimed at identifying candidates from among the Group's employees with high potential and a desire to improve their professional qualities and career growth in order to organize succession in the talent pool, as well as continuity in the Company's management system.

During the programme, a mentor is assigned to every successor, who is responsible for the employee development, progress monitoring and support in the course of their ideas implementation. The pool of successors is defined based on the results of employee performance appraisal. Pool owners – the Chairman of the Management Board and functional area managers – are the main contributors to the development of the succession programme.

In 2021, 9 successors were appointed from the pool, representing 69%. From the management pool, 71% were appointed (5 successors). From the functional pool, 67% (4 successors) were appointed.

In 2021, as part of the programme, the Company:

Under the mentoring programme, 9 mentors and 79 mentees were trained in effective interaction with mentors and learnt the feedback skills. Over the entire period of the mentoring programme, 47 mentoring sessions were held with the participation of successors from the headquarters, subsidiaries and affiliates as well as CEO-1 level mentors. The total number of mentor sessions reached 47 hours.

On an annual basis, the headquarters reviews the number of appointments to positions from the successor pool.


Kazatomprom cooperates with Kazakh universities and colleges, as well as foreign educational institutions. The Group's employees are trained at the expense of the Company.

As of the end of 2021, 376 people were trained in industry-specific specialties, of which 201 were employees of Kazatomprom, its subsidiaries and affiliates and 175 individuals were not employed by Kazatomprom.


Kazatomprom continues cooperation with the country's International R&D Educational Centre for the Nuclear Industry, where employees of the Company, its subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as individuals are trained at the expense of subsoil users in priority specialties for the nuclear industry.

In 2021, ten employees of subsidiaries and affiliates enrolled on the master's programme, majoring in geology and exploration of solid mineral deposits, as prescribed by the subsoil use contracts.


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Kazatomprom fosters social support measures aimed at continuously improving working conditions and the quality of life for employees. Social policy is one of the key pillars of Kazatomprom’s stable operation and sustainable development. The Company ensures a comfortable working environment and provides additional guarantees and benefits that provide high social protection for employees.

The core principles of Company's social policy comprise:

The country’s leading industrial company continuously improves its approaches to social security and HR management policies.

Kazatomprom's social support costs by area, 2021, KZT bn

In 2021 Company organised a number of events aimed at self-fulfilment in social functions and supporting the social welfare of employees: Health Marathon, Spartakiada, In the Rhythm of a Healthy Heart, Donor Day, eco projects, social volunteering projects, and corporate events and contests.

Social programmes were launched aiming at ensuring financial welfare, particularly, improving employees' financial literacy and knowledge leading to smart financial decisions. Company initiated meetings with external and internal experts to share expertise on loans, effective management of personal and family budget, etc. Kazatomprom employees had the opportunity to communicate and consult with bank representatives on the possibility of using pension savings.


Company’s current social policy focuses on support to certain categories of employees: single parents, families with many children, parents of children with disabilities, and non-working pensioners upon termination of the employment contract. The Group companies have a unified approach to full-time and part-time employees.

As part of social security, single parents and mothers of three or more children under 12 are granted additional leave. Families with many children and families with disabled children under 18 receive financial assistance.

In 2021, maternity/paternity leave was granted to 345 employees, where 50 are men and 295 are women.

Company provides medical care and additional financial assistance on special occasions and holidays for nonworking pensioners, upon termination of employment due to retirement or disability.

On occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2021, the employees with large families of the Company's subsidiaries and affiliates received additional bonuses. There were about 2,500 families.


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One of the key Kazatomprom priorities is the health and welfare of its employees. Company has elaborated and implemented various programmes aimed at supporting physical and mental health, as well as increasing financial, social and professional welfare of the employees.

Kazatomprom strives to help each employee develop his or her own conscious attitude to the topic of welfare and the skills necessary to lead a healthy and happy life both at and out of work.

The Company carries out systematic work to improve physical welfare and form healthy habits to enhance the quality of life, improve health and increase productivity.

Effective programmes were implemented in 2021:


Kazatomprom does not restrict the employees’ rights to found or join public organisations that represent their interests. The Group’s staff can engage in any political, educational, charitable or social activity, as long as this engagement does not affect the performance of official duties and does not harm society.

Nuclear Industry Workers Trade Union ensures that Kazatomprom has a reliable partnership in complying with labour legislation and actively participates in protecting the interests of employees. As of the end of 2021, 10,700 employees of the Group's enterprises are members of the Trade Union.

Collective bargaining agreements are concluded to regulate labour relations and create conditions for social protection of employees. As part of collective bargaining agreements and fulfilment of commitments, the trade union is allocated funds on an annual basis for events among the Company's employees, medical care, social assistance, cultural, sports and recreational activities and the purchase of vouchers for sanatoriums and children's camps.

Trade union support costs, KZT million


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The Collective Bargaining Agreement is key to protecting labour rights, economic and social guarantees of employees, as well as regulating labour relations and effective dialogue between the Company and employees. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is developed for a three-year period and is subject to regular renewal.

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An integral condition of the Collective Bargaining Agreement of Kazatomprom is the obligation to notify employees in advance about significant changes in working conditions no later than one month prior to the proposed changes, and in some cases fifteen calendar days.

The provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement also regulate recruitment, maintenance of corporate culture and relations with employees. In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreements, Kazatomprom provides social support for personnel aimed at continuous improvement of working conditions and the quality of life of employees.


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Human rights protection, social partnership, mutual respect, mutual trust, prevention of any discrimination are the main principles in relations between the Company and its employees.

Kazatomprom prohibits any restriction of employees’ labour rights and freedoms or any benefits and advantages received on the ground of gender, race, nationality, language, origin, as well as property, family, social and official status, age, place of residence, religion, beliefs, affiliation/non-affiliation with any public association or social group, as well as other circumstances not related to the employee’s professional qualities.

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Relying on the principles of respect for human rights, Kazatomprom engages those partners and counterparties that comply with the law and the Group's standards of corporate and business ethics. The Company maintains long-term partnerships only with suppliers who share and comply with the Group's ethical principles, who do not accept corruption, who respect human rights, and who care about occupational health and safety. Kazatomprom does not use child labour.

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Kazatomprom requires compliance with the law and its own corporate standards on occupational safety from suppliers and contractors operating at the Group's facilities. All agreements and contracts of NAC Kazatomprom JSC include provisions on observance of human rights in accordance with the Code of Suppliers and Contractors of NAC Kazatomprom JSC.

Kazatomprom has an Ombudsman Service ensuring:

Compliance with human rights and international human rights standards is monitored by the Company's compliance officers and trade union organisation. In the event of a rights violation, employees may contact the Company through all of its feedback channels.

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In 2021, no cases of discrimination or other human rights violations were recorded in the Company. There are also no cases of forced or compulsory labour or violations of the rights of indigenous and minority peoples.


Production efficiency and achievement of the Company's strategic development goals are the Company's specific area of focus, which determines the formation of a strong corporate culture. Core values such as safety, responsibility, professionalism, development and teamwork are actively promoted within the team.

All Company employees understand and share the corporate values, define themselves as part of the team and contribute personally to the common cause.

The high level of development of the Company's corporate culture, in particular, contributed to the rapid adaptation of personnel to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the crisis, the Company was able to provide employees with safe working conditions and demonstrated support and care.

In 2021, in order to determine the further development of corporate culture, the NAC Kazatomprom JSC Corporate Culture Diagnostic project was implemented. The study involved 70% of employees of the Central office and subsidiaries and affiliates. The Company diagnosed the current and target corporate culture, identifying strengths and vectors for further development.

The study results showed that the Company achieved the target level of corporate culture that was set in 2017. The roadmap for further promotion of corporate culture for 2022-2025 was developed based on the study results.

The roadmap for further development of corporate culture for 2022-2025 has been fully implemented. As part of the project, a competency model has been implemented, a succession programme has been developed and implemented, the employee training and performance appraisal system has been improved, and measures have been implemented to increase employee engagement, manage material and nonmaterial incentives, develop the communication system, leadership programmes and strengthen the employer brand.

In order to increase employee engagement and attract the best candidates in the labour market, the Company is actively working to build its Employer Brand. The Company developed an EVP promotion communication strategy.

According to the results of the independent Randstad Employer Brand Research in 2020-2021, Kazatomprom was included in the TOP 10 best employers of Kazakhstan and TOP 3 best employers in the mining and metallurgy industry of the country. This evidences the effectiveness of actions aimed at promoting the employer brand.

Kazatomprom is among the top 10 best employers in Kazakhstan

Another key element of the corporate culture, aimed at maintaining the Company's corporate values, is social volunteering, which brings employees together and promotes staff involvement in the formation of a positive internal atmosphere and the image of Kazatomprom as a socially responsible Company.

In 2021, employees of the Company and subsidiaries and affiliates continued implementing large-scale volunteering projects.


Kazatomprom is interested not only in the professional development of employees, but also in the realization of their personal potential. Corporate sport and cultural events help to increase the activity, motivation and involvement of employees in Company's life.

In 2021, given the epidemiological situation in the country, corporate events were held in an online format, while some events were held offline due to the high percentage of vaccinated employees.

Actions aimed at maintaining traditions and corporate spirit within Kazatomprom included:

In 2021, in order to promote a healthy lifestyle, the Company held the XX Spartakiada Sports Games of Kazatomprom enterprises in online/offline format in seven sports. Tournaments in mini-football, streetball, badminton, track and field and table tennis took place offline. The online format included tournaments in cybersport (PUBG Mobile) and chess. In total, more than 600 employees of the headquarters and subsidiaries of Kazatomprom took part in the Spartakiada.


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Goal: to improve the health of employees and to draw attention to healthy lifestyles.

Coverage: 300 employees of the headquarter as well as subsidiaries and affiliates.

Programme description: emoployees walked, ran or cycled for 30 days to gain a total of 30,000 km. Results were recorded on the Strava platform. A special motivational Telegram channel was created, where participants shared their results and impressions, and encouraged each other to achieve results and develop healthy habits.

Results: 40,000 km run by participants were converted into KZT. A total of KZT 4 million was allocated to help seven families of employees of RU-6 LLP, Kazatomprom-SaUran LLP, ME ORTALYK LLP and JV ZARECHNOYE JSC who have children with special needs. Two shower chairs and two massage chairs for people with disabilities, a walker for people with cerebral palsy, a computer for home schooling, and funds for surgery and purchase of medicines were raised.

Marathon participant: “The marathon provided very useful and positive moments for me. I began to cherish the sunrise and the sunset, improved my health, became more cheerful, learned that I had many good neighbours, saw many different buildings, plant design in my yard and many other little things”.


In 2021, Kazatomprom's internal communications system remained the main tool to ensure that employees were timely informed about current events in the Group and helped maintain a positive atmosphere in the team.

The Company used an online and offline format to hold major organisational events for employees (meetings, management meetings with the team, teambuilding events).

Interviews were held with top managers of subsidiaries and affiliates to inform them about the measures taken at the enterprises to prevent COVID spread. Employees and top management held online meetings.

There is a functioning Kazatomprom RHYTHM programme, which informs employees about the Company's projects. The Qasyndamyz-2020 corporate employee support programme has been implemented, which includes volunteer and charity initiatives to support employees during the pandemic.

Employee awareness of the current situation and important events for the industry is maintained via e-mail – regular newsletters and addresses on behalf of management, as well as the corporate QazAtomNews e-magazine.


Kazatomprom's programmes and initiatives dedicated to corporate culture development, improvement of social and labour conditions, safety improvement, material remuneration, motivation and involvement of employees are implemented in accordance with the developed plans and supported by all employees of the Company.

The annual positive performance appraisals are confirmed by regular surveys on the level of social stability.


In 2021, the Centre for Social Interaction and Communications (PE) conducted research to determine the level of social stability “Samruk Research Service” (SRS) at 18 enterprises of Kazatomprom Group.


In 2022, Kazatomprom will continue the employee support programmes, retain and develop HR potential, and maintain the level of employee engagement by developing the employer brand, among other things.

The Company plans to pursue activities aimed at improving the efficiency of remuneration and financial incentive system, to continue automation of personnel management processes, to implement management succession and leadership development programmes, to systematise remuneration, and to take measures aimed at improving working conditions.

In accordance with the Company's priorities, we plan to expand work with trade unions as representatives of the social partnership, to implement measures to amend collective bargaining agreements with regard to the distribution of responsibilities between the employee representative and employers, and to maintain social stability, develop a negotiating culture and improve internal communication efficiency.

Aiming to improve employee satisfaction with working conditions, the Company plans to develop and implement standards for catering, provision of protective clothing, organization of living conditions for shift workers, as well as medical care for employees in 2022-2023.

Company has begun to elaborate the Corporate Culture Roadmap, which will help achieve Kazatomprom's target corporate culture model and further promote corporate values.

In line with ESG principles, we are set to introduce practices to maintain and develop diversity and inclusiveness, including the promotion of women's leadership, as well as the implementation of projects to support local communities in the regions of operations.

High production achievements and further development of the Company, development of new types and areas of operations, development and implementation of promising projects will directly depend on the effectiveness of social investments aimed at ensuring a high level of employee engagement and commitment to Kazatomprom’s values.


Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kazakhstan in 2020, NAC Kazatomprom JSC has been taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection among employees of the Group, prioritizing the workers’ wellbeing.

The Company is fully aware that a deterioration of the situation triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic in Kazakhstan may undermine the financial stability of the Group and result in social tension in the country.

As of 31 December 2021, the Company registered 1,957 cases of coronavirus infection: 1,941 people recovered and 7 people had active infections.

In 2021, the Company sadly registered four deaths from COVID-19: two cases at Ulba Mettalurgical Plant JSC, one case at JV Katco LLP, and one case at JV Inkai LLP.

Kazatomprom continuously monitors the situation related to COVID-19, ensuring the relevance and effectiveness of all existing protocols. During the pandemic, all activities, plans, and working hours of the Group are promptly corrected and updated in accordance with the Resolutions of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In addition, within the framework of the work of the HSE Committee of Samruk-Kazyna JSC, an exchange of experience was carried out among portfolio companies on the prevention of COVID-19, vaccination and interaction with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In 2021, the Company continued all preventive measures introduced by the Group in 2020.

Measures to counter the spread of COVID-19

As part of necessary measures to prevent and reduce the staff morbidity risk, Kazatomprom has implemented a number of measures to ensure continued operations. In particular, Kazatomprom has reduced the number of employees involved in production to a minimum since April 2020 to mitigate the risk of exposure to the infection among its workers at mines and the local population living in the regions where the Company operates.

  • We developed and implemented plans for five protection lines with due regard to the pandemic risks and the Epidemiological Situation Matrix.
1. Timely transfer to teleworking

Thanks to the effective communication system at the Company, we have switched to remote work smoothly and in a fairly short time.

Every employee can continue communicating with colleagues and senior management to resolve urgent issues, receive useful information, and feel involved in the performance of important tasks and objectives.

To support the staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Qasyndamyz-2020 programme was implemented and is operating to ensure psychological and physical support of employees:

  • online breathing and physical exercises for employees and their families
  • support of a volunteer group of the Company's employees: assistance in finding medicines, providing psychological support; webinars to support family members and friends, manage stress, etc.
  • daily survey on the well-being of employees, monitoring of the emotional state, individual consultations with psychologists

In 2021, the Companies worked on the principle of the COVID-free zones to ensure the safety of employees. In August 2021, Kazatomprom took measures to mobilise workers to production units in line with the strict occupational health and safety regulations to minimize the risk of a potential outbreak of viral infection locally or among the population living in the regions where the Company operates.

2. Preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection

We took the following preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection:

  • introducing contactless video thermometry
  • installing disinfection tunnels, introducing PCR testing for staff before coming to work
  • introducing supply of disinfectants, PPE, and antiseptics for personnel
  • ensuring social distancing at work
  • offering vaccinations against influenza. In H2 2021, 25% of the Group's employees were vaccinated
  • setting up quarantine zones in subsidiaries and affiliates, developing action algorithms in case of the detection of COVID-19 among employees, and conducting training drills
  • taking preventive measures according to the approved schedules of shift rotation, with mandatory PCR testing

For each case of disease, we conducted an epidemiological investigation, with the isolation of the infected person, the adoption of the necessary measures to prevent the spread of infection, and establishment of a circle of close contact persons. All sick employees receive a reminder about the self-isolation conditions.

We roll out an extensive awareness-raising campaign on the information platforms of the Group on an ongoing basis, explaining preventive measures, the quarantine regime, and the rules of conduct for employees.

The implemented preventive measures against COVID-19 have helped the Company reduce the coronavirus incidence rate among employees, ensure its uninterrupted operations, and maintain the production capacity.

3. Anti-crisis centre

Due to the widespread use of information systems, Kazatomprom has introduced analytical dashboards (platforms) on COVID-19. This digital solution has been developed to quickly monitor the spread of COVID-19. Analytical dashboards reflect the key indicators of the epidemiologic situation in Kazakhstan and the Company.

In 2021, Kazatomprom implemented the next stage of integration of the information systems of the Republic of Kazakhstan with its eKAP Information System Pass module and the ACS (Access Control Systems) to confirm the availability of PCR test results and Vaccination Passports through the Ashyk system.

Mandatory daily health monitoring has been introduced at all enterprises of the Group. Based on the daily questionnaire data, we developed a tool to promptly track the health of employees, as well as project the incidence rate on the territories where subsidiaries and affiliates operate, and evaluate the effectiveness of anti-epidemic measures taken by the Group.

The system visualizes outbreaks and analytical projections and thus helps take preventive measures and prepare for a possible increase in the incidence rate.

Due to the spread of the new Delta strain in July 2021, an increase in cases took place, which led to the expansion of the so-called red zones, including the cities of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, and Shymkent. In August 2021, the government of Kazakhstan introduced strict restrictions. In July, Kazakhstan saw a surge in coronavirus incidence rate (Delta strain) in some parts of the country. In August 2021, the national government introduced strict restrictions, however, the situation stabilized and the restrictions were partially after the mid- August.

4. Health system support

As part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Group’s companies support the local residents and medical institutions.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, RU-6 LLP has purchased and donated an oxygen device to the Central District Hospital. Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC has sent food packages to its retired employees. Kyzylkum LLP and Khorasan-U LLP refilled 500 oxygen tanks for Zhanakorgan District Hospital. JV Katco LLP purchased six ventilators for hospitals in Turkistan and Shymkent. JV Katco LLP, a Kazakh-French joint venture, allocated KZT 50 million to the Birgemiz Public Foundation, and six ventilators were purchased for hospitals in Turkistan and Shymkent (three per city) for a total of KZT 100 million.


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investment in medical

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financing of medical care
and treatment of personnel

  • As part of the fight against COVID-19, the subsidiaries and affiliates invested KZT 916.8 million in medical equipment and medical care in 2021.

Works performed to prevent COVID-19 have made it possible to prevent the mass spread of COVID-19 among the Company's employees, ensure uninterrupted operations, and maintain the production capacities of subsidiaries and affiliates.

5. Vaccination campaign

On 1 February 2021 when the mass vaccination was announced, Kazatomprom launched an extensive outreach campaign, explaining the advantages of vaccination and procedures for vaccination in Kazakhstan.

On 19 February 2021, Kazatomprom held the 23rd corporate meeting on occupational safety online, with the participation of reputable experts and scholars. As part of the event, the head of the vaccination department of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan presented the Company's COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • As of the end of 2021, over 90% of the Group's mining operations employees were vaccinated.

In 2021, a series of pulse surveys of employee readiness for vaccination improved the coverage rates of the vaccination campaign. The Company held an information session addressed by the Chairman of the Management Board who spoke about the necessity of vaccination. In addition, Kazatomprom’s RHYTHM platform launched an extensive information campaign to promote and explain the need for vaccination (motivational posters, campaign materials on corporate computer screensavers, etc.).

  • The vaccination rate at Kazatomprom exceeds the vaccination rate across the country.

We arranged mobile vaccination points in offices and production sites. The vaccination status is monitored daily in the eKAP information system.

By the end of 2021, over 94% of the Company’s employees (more than 16,500 people) had received their first dose of the vaccine, and more than 93% had been fully vaccinated with two doses.


days off additional to a paid leave

reduction in the duration of the shift to 15 days upon reaching the rate of employees’ vaccination of 70% with the 1st dose and 50% with the 2nd dose

rotation shift along the green corridor, bypassing the quarantine zone without PCR testing (suspended when a region of the Company’s operations enters the red zone as defined by the Epidemiological Situation Matrix)

Health and Safety

Key indicators and achievements

invested in H&S


took advanced H&S training courses

UN Sustainable Development Goals


One of Kazatomprom's priorities is to ensure strict compliance with nuclear, radiological and conventional health and safety (H&S) standards and thus provide a high level of health and safety for its workforce. Company continually improves the H&S management. Kazatomprom strictly complied with national and international requirements and standards in all its operations.

The key H&S regulation documents include Kazatomprom’s Policy for HSE, Radiological and Nuclear Safety, as well as the H&S Code, Unified Occupational Safety Management System. The documents are binding on all employees and contractors of the Group.

The Management Board pays close attention to occupational health and safety. The Management Board Chairman conducts quarterly meetings of the CEOs and executives of subsidiaries and affiliates to discuss the action plans that will help improve the health and safety culture in the Company as well as prevent accidents and injuries.

The enterprises of the Group implement H&S measures as health and safety of employees is the highest priority for Kazatomprom. The HSE of the Board of Directors and the Risk Management Committee of Kazatomprom Management Board regularly review the results of all health and safety measures. The reports on H&S improvements and risk management are submitted to the Board of Directors for consideration and approval.

The HSE Managing Director accountable to the Board Chairman is responsible for the overall coordination of the activities aimed at improving the H&S system in the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

The H&S Department supervised by the HSE Managing Director is responsible for prevention of violations of H&S standards and rules, prompt response to incidents, as well as the monitoring, analysis and control of the H&S risks.

All occupational H&S departments at subsidiaries and affiliates are subordinate to the CEOs. In 2021, the Company continued approving and expanding the functions and powers of the structural units responsible for H&S operational management at subsidiaries and affiliates.

Kazatomprom regularly analyses the structure of qualifications and competences of the H&S units of the Group. Following the analysis, the Company introduces the respective changes to remain in line with the requirements of national laws and the best world’s practices and improve the H&S efficiency.


In 2021, TÜV International Certification conducted an audit of the Company’s integrated H&S management system for compliance with ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 for the first time. The audit results confirmed the compliance of the Company’s occupational health and safety management system with the requirements of international standards.


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The H&S risk management process is an integral part of the H&S management system, as well as of the corporate risk management system. Kazatomprom is actively working to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases, as well as to identify, assess, and minimize industrial risks.

All activities of the Group's enterprises are carried out in accordance with the fundamental regulatory and legal H&S documents. The main ones are the Labour Code and the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Civil Protection. The Company also takes into account the requirements of a number of by-laws regulating the procedures for complying with the H&S requirements, in particular, the Rules for Ensuring H&S for Various Types of Activities – Geological Exploration, Mining and Processing of Uranium, Operation of Lifting Mechanisms and Pressure Vessels.

The above documents guide the procedures for investigating accidents and incidents at the Group's enterprises. The Company timely provides information regarding each lost time accidents in the workplace to the authorised government agency. In the case of group accidents or accidents with a severe injury (fatality), the Company is obliged to conduct a special investigation with the involvement of a governmental H&S inspector as required by the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In accordance with the investigation procedures, Kazatomprom initiates an additional analysis of the accidents, using the Five Whys methodology to reveal the root causes of an incident.

The executives and heads of H&S services of subsidiaries and affiliates initiate meetings to review and analyse all the circumstances of the accidents that have occurred. Based on the results of the meetings, all subsidiaries and affiliates, in accordance with the notification procedures developed by Kazatomprom, receive quarterly information reports on injuries containing a detailed description of the accidents that have occurred, their root causes, and measures taken by the Company. Moreover, an information bulletin is issued and disseminated to all CEOs of subsidiaries and affiliates in case of an incident or accident.

Company keeps a register of risks, with “occupational injury” being the major risk. To reduce occupational injuries, the Company develops and implements comprehensive measures to meet the established safety standards and constantly improve the level of H&S, as well as prevent occupational injuries.

These comprehensive actions include:


Since 2018, the Company has been conducting behavioural safety audits. The main goal is to analyse the behaviour of employees at work (when they are performing production tasks) and thus to prevent the behaviour-related risks. Constant analysis and monitoring of data confirms that human factor is the most frequent source of risk at any production company. In addition, the Company provides strict control over compliance of the working conditions at workplaces and production sites with H&S requirements, as well as controls the technical condition of equipment, the availability of all necessary internal documents, including instructions, procedures and standards.

In 2020, Pandemic Risk was added to the corporate risk register. This risk is associated with the spread of SARSCoV- 2 and the start of COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of workers and the continuity of production during the pandemic, the Company continued managing this risk in 2021.

Kazatomprom has introduced a risk-based approach to improve the H&S system across the Company. As part of this initiative, the Occupational H&S Department of the Group has developed a register of functional risks, which includes the major occupational H&S hazards and risks. The register of functional risks is reviewed and updated annually. The risk-based approach also integrates an approach to planning and conducting inspections/audits. They are carried out as preliminary inspections/audits of the Company’s assets to identify the most dangerous production areas. The audit results help focus on the major risks, improve quality, and reduce the waste of time resources.


The health and safety of staff is a top priority for Kazatomprom. The Company regularly implements comprehensive measures and world’s best practices to prevent accidents and incidents and meet the H&S objectives. Kazatomprom conducts regular campaigns to raise the health and safety awareness of its personnel and thus to improve the safety culture in the Group.

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Kazatomprom became a member of the Vision Zero international programme initiated by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) to improve the health and safety of its staff. The Company decided to participate in the initiative to improve the culture of disease prevention and reduce accidents and occupational diseases among employees.

As part of the Vision Zero concept implementation, the Company adopted the Golden Rules to protect the health and safety of its employees. The Rules are binding on all employees and contractors of the Group.

Golden Safety Rules

In 2021, the Company conducted the awareness raising campaign with engagement of executives of subsidiaries and affiliates to explain the Golden Safety Rules to its employees. The TV channels broadcast videos on H&S culture, personal responsibility and leadership to raise the H&S awareness of the Group's employees in the rotation camps of subsidiaries and affiliates.

The health and safety awareness activities require both a systematic approach and investment.


Company takes a responsible approach to the health and safety matters, investing heavily in health and safety measures.

Company has developed a system for evaluating the employee performance. The performance appraisal is based on a list of key performance indicators (KPIs). The health and safety of the Group's employees is one of the key performance indicators in this list. “Improving safety culture” indicator is one of the major H&S KPIs, which includes such mandatory elements as “Number of identified hazardous conditions, hazardous actions, and Near-Miss incidents” and “Implementation of corrective measures”. This high-level KPI is then cascaded to performance indicators for management, employees of the Company and subsidiaries and affiliates. The KPI assessment system covers all employees of the Company from Kazatomprom Board Chairman to an ordinary employee.

To ensure effective identification and implementation of measures aimed at improving the health and safety management system in the Company, Kazatomprom holds an annual corporate meeting on the H&S performance and plans for the next year. On 19 February 2021, the meeting adopted minutes with specific instructions on H&S improvement measures.

Throughout the year, all subsidiaries and affiliates conducted scheduled inspections for compliance with H&S regulatory legal acts.

In addition, in 2021, the H&S Management System corporate standard was introduced at all mining subsidiaries and affiliates.

The Occupational H&S Management System standard is designed to harmonize the structure and content of the H&S management system of the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates with the applicable requirements, based on the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Reference Model for H&S Management of Samruk-Kazyna Portfolio Companies, as well as advanced international standards and practices.


Kazatomprom keeps a register of risks, with occupational injuries indicated as one of the major risks in the Company. We have developed and implemented a list of comprehensive measures to prevent the risk of occupational injury and minimise the consequences in case any risk materialises.

The analysis of the H&S situation shows that major causes of personal injuries at Kazatomprom’s subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as at their contractors, include traffic accidents, handling sulphuric acid, falling from height and falling on slippery surfaces.


Despite a consistent decrease in the number of workrelated accidents and one of the lowest LTIFR in the industry in 2020, Kazatomprom continues to make every effort to reduce the number of accidents to “zero” and ensure accident-free production activities and safe working conditions for workers.

In 2021, nine accidents were recorded at the Group's enterprises that left 18 people injured. A traffic accident involving Volkovgeologiya JSC employees took place on a road between Turkestan-Taikonur and led to death of two people. A special investigation established that the cause of this accident was a violation of the traffic rules by the driver, in auricular his failure to monitor the movement of the vehicle on an ongoing basis.

In 2021, LTIFR made 0.55. The total number of highimpact occupational injuries (excluding fatal accidents) made eight.

Accidents in 2021

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All accidents were investigated in accordance with the established procedures to determine their root causes and develop prevention measures. The investigation process suggests the assessment of all possible factors, from technical malfunctions of equipment to the fatigue and emotional state of employees.

Company used the investigation results to develop a set of measures that were then communicated to all companies of the Group and introduced in a timely manner.

In 2021, there were no accidents among non full-time employees, but whose work and/or workplace is controlled by the Company.


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The Group constantly implements measures aimed at preventing occupational injuries. In particular, these include:

In 2020, Company introduced a stop card tool across all subsidiaries and affiliates to prevent employees from doing unsafe work. When introducing the stop card procedures, CEOs of the subsidiariues amd affilaites addressed all employees to confirmed that actions to stop unsafe work would not entail any negative consequences for employees, including no disciplinary sanctions.

Video conference meetings are held monthly with the heads of H&S services of subsidiaries and affiliates to discuss H&S issues, including the circumstances and causes of accidents, as well as serious incidents without consequences. In addition, appropriate measures are being developed to prevent their recurrence, and, if necessary, risk registers are updated. All recommendations for the implementation of activities are then reflected in protocol instructions. Subsidiaries and affiliated companies provide information to the CC on the execution of protocols within the framework of approved reporting.

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As required by the Labour Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Company regularly conducts H&S briefings with employees, regardless of their education, work experience in this profession or position.

The H&S briefing is carried out by the H&S service or by the person authorized by order of the organization, according to the programme developed by the H&S service. The program was approved subject to the requirements of H&S norms, standards, rules and instructions, as well as the requirements for the safe conduct of production works.

In addition, videos with H&S briefings are available to the Group's employees.

H&S measures implemented by the Company's enterprises made it possible to prevent industrial accidents (uncontrolled explosions, releases of hazardous substances or destruction of buildings).


In its operations, the Group follows the priority principle, which is to protect worker’s life and health. The Company’s employees have access to health improvement and spa treatment programmes. These benefits are included in the social benefit package. In addition, as part of a collective bargaining agreement between the Group and the trade union, the employees can enjoy additional programmes for health rehabilitation and treatment. Also, Kazatomprom has a system of medical insurance in place for its employees.

In addition, employees of subsidiaries and affiliates are provided with three meals a day.

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In 2021, as part of the implementation of the first stage of Health Protection 180⁰ / 360⁰ programme developed in accordance with the “Vision Zero” strategy for continuous improvement of the safety and health conditions the Company introduced H&S reporting, including the analysis of the uptake in healthcare and the rate of diseases resulting in temporary disability. The Company provides permanent control to ensure that employees subject to mandatory medical screenings and check-ups can have them on time.

The Healthy Heart Rhythm campaign was timed to celebrate the World Heart Day established by the WHO. The purpose of the initiative was to draw the attention of employees to the existing problem of diseases of the circulatory system and remind them of the need to live a healthy lifestyle.

As part of the campaign, a sociological survey was conducted to identify behavioural risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. The Company also released informational posters and organized lectures to increase the awareness of employees about diseases of the cardiovascular system, their causes and ways to prevent them. In addition, employees could obtain a medical examination with a cardiologist consultation and an ECG. Running from Heart Attack Race was organised at the XX Spartakiad Sports and Athletic Competition of Kazatomprom as part of the initiative.

To manage the risk of COVID-19 pandemic, Kazatomprom developed a framework action plan based on five lines of defence, with account of the Epidemiological Situation Assessment Matrix.

To ensure that more workers take up the COVID-19 vaccine or get a booster vaccine, mobile vaccination teams keep working in offices and at production sites. The Company has developed financial and non-financial incentives for workers to improve vaccination and revaccination uptake. Thanks to an extensive vaccination awareness campaign with engagement of medical experts, there is high COVID-19 vaccination coverage at 94%.

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The H&S service covers and controls all the Group's production facilities and processes. All subsidiaries and affiliates have medical posts in place to administer urgent medical aid to employees. All medical facilities of the Group are equipped with the necessary equipment, ambulances and medical care supplies: defibrillators, ECG, oxygen cylinders, humidifier (oxygen concentrator), pulse oximeters, etc.

Kazatomprom’s health and safety system has proved to be effective for identifying and eliminating hazards, as well as for risk minimization control. In addition, the H&S service performs one more function, which is conducting outreach work among personnel to explain the possibilities of a social package and available additional support.

The total number of medical staff at subsidiaries and affiliates is 185 people, including 31 doctors, 116 paramedics, and 38 nurses.

All subsidiaries and affiliates have insured their employees against work-related accidents. In addition, voluntary medical insurance contracts are concluded.


In accordance with the requirements of the Labour Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, all Group enterprises have mandatory pre- and post-shift checks for all employees, as well as mandatory annual/regular medical examinations of all Company employees.

Employees of the Group's subsidiaries and affiliates are not allowed to work without passing a preshift medical check. The Company continues to introduce an electronic health monitoring system for employees. Some enterprises have introduced e-medical examination systems that include modules for automatic measurement of blood pressure and detection of alcohol or other drug intoxication, etc. In a mid-term perspective, all subsidiaries and affiliates of the Group plan to install similar digital systems for preshift checks.

In addition, in accordance with the requirements of the Labour Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, employees of the Group’s contractors who are engaged in hazardous work or who work with machines and mechanisms are also obliged to have pre-shift and postshift medical check-ups.

Following the results of medical examinations, employees can go through an in-depth medical examination if necessary.


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All staff of the Group’s enterprises are actively engaged in the H&S management, which allows the Company to achieve a high level of health and safety. To ensure effective communication with employees on H&S issues and meet the requirements of the Labour Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Company established special H&S councils that include representatives of the employer, workers, and technical inspectors. The councils exercise control over the compliance with the H&S at workplaces. The H&S inspectors conduct audits of working conditions and workplaces to check their compliance with the H&S requirements. Decisions of the inspectors are binding on the employer and employee of the Group’s enterprises.

As part of the implementation of Kazatomprom’s Development Strategy 2018-2028, the Company conducted works aimed at improving the H&S system. In particular, the Company took the following actions in 2021:

All these measures in 2021 helped improve health and safety culture of the Group's employees, and will help avoid incidents in the future.

To develop a culture of safety and leadership among managers at all levels in the Company, an educational e-course Leadership in the H&S Culture of Kazatomprom was developed and is currently being implemented. In addition, as part of the H&S system improvement, the Company organized special training for managers and employees of subsidiaries and affiliates to help promote a positive health and safety culture, identify potentially dangerous situations (near misses), unsafe acts and conditions, as well as conduct behavioural safety audits. Aldo, the Company organized special mandatory H&S courses. To measure the effectiveness of the training, all participants had to complete a knowledge test at the end of the course.

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Kazatomprom conducts HSE training sessions on a regular basis. The courses can be divided into mandatory and optional. In particular, training courses on compliance with the requirements of the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan regulating H&S, radiation, nuclear safety, etc. are mandatory, while training courses not required by laws, in particular courses on the development of safety culture, leadership, and responsibility in HSE matters are optional.

The Group engages experts and organisations for the training process. The experts hold all necessary licenses, attestations, certificates and other permits required by the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Permits and Notifications.

The Company has the HSE-Club in place that brings together the heads of occupational H&S services of Kazatomprom, subsidiaries and affiliates. The HSE-Club helps share and use information and knowledge and develops measures to improve the H&S management system at the group companies.

Knowledge tests are used to control the effectiveness of the training.


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In its production operations, the Group not only monitors the compliance with all environmental protection standards and requirements at its enterprises, but also requires from all contractors working with Kazatomprom to comply with H&S regulations and standards without exception.

Thus, all the Company's contractors and suppliers of goods, works and services have to comply with Kazatomprom’s corporate standard Occupational Health and Safety Standards. Health and Safety Requirements for Contractors.

The Company conducts preliminary review of contractors for their compliance with H&S standards. The experts of the Company check if contractors comply with the H&S requirements as early as at the stage of signing the contract. The Company assesses the risks and sets goals, as well as plans H&S training sessions with account of the information about the incidents relating to the work of contractors. The results are then to be approved by the Occupational Health and Safety Department.

When the work is performed or services rendered, the employees of the Occupational H&S Department and subsidiaries and affiliates also conduct regular audits and exercise control over compliance with the health and safety standards and rules. The H&S services of subsidiaries and affiliates keep records of all accidents that have occurred at contracting organizations. They are authorized to conduct behavioural safety audits in relation to the employees of contractors. Contractors that have long-term contracts with the Group are obliged to introduce procedures for identifying and registering hazardous conditions, dangerous acts and Near Misses.

To improve the H&S knowledge, the Company organizes H&S training courses for employees of contractors as well as invites authorized representatives of contractors to participate in the H&S meetings.


To ensure a high level of nuclear safety, the Group's enterprises handling nuclear materials monitor the compliance with the respective technical regulations, instructions, rules and nuclear safety requirements for handling nuclear materials.

At present, the companies of the Group that have nuclear materials include Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC and Ulba FA LLP.

Kazatomprom monitors the nuclear safety performance and conducts an inventory of nuclear materials in a timely manner to ensure the nuclear safety and security of the Group's companies.

In 2021, the Chief Physicist’s Services (CFS) of Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC and Ulba FA LLP implemented the following actions:

The absence of accidents and incidents throughout the reporting year is a signal of the effectiveness of these measures.



In 2021, Kazatomprom provided regular monitoring of the radiation situation at workplaces, in premises, production sites, and the supervised areas. All radiation indicators are within standard limits and have not changed since 2020.

In 2021, the Company did not register any radiation accidents or incidents at its enterprises. The annual dose of ionising radiation exposure did not exceed reference.

The average radiation exposure for staff was 1.44 mSv/ year in 2021, including natural radiation sources. The radiation from the natural background sources ranged from 0.75 to 1.36 mSv/year.

In turn, the maximum annual effective dose for personnel at the Group's assets was 6.19 mSv/year, which is 31% of the permitted dose limit, which is 20 mSv/year.

In 2021, the Company started keeping records of the radiation exposure of staff of contracting organizations. The average radiation exposure for staff of contracting organizations employed at the Group's enterprises and engaged in decontamination of overalls and preparation of shipping packaging kits with finished products was 0.65 mSv/year.

To improve radiation safety and protect personnel, Kazatomprom takes the following radiation safety improvement measures:


In November 2021, employees of the Occupational H&S Department took part in the online IAEA International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management: Solutions for a Sustainable Future. The goal of the event was to exchange information on the practices of the world’s leading specialists in the area of handling radioactive materials.

In 2021, the H&S Directorate representatives planned to participate in the second international conference of IAEA on the application of radiation science and technology (ICARST-2021). However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference was postponed to 2022.


A set of measures for civil protection, emergency situations and fire safety in 2021

The Company takes ongoing measures to maintain a high level of emergency preparedness. Fire safety systems of the Company are checked on a regular basis: firewater supply system (pumping operation, fire hose check), fire sprinkler system, fire alarm system, and primary fire extinguishing equipment.

Every year, fire-fighting training courses and drills take place as scheduled, with safe evacuation of staff from the Company's buildings to the specially designated assembly points.

In 2021, Kazatomprom updated its Standard ST NAC 13.2-2021 'Ensuring Security. Organization of fire safety at Kazatomprom's enterprises, Instruction on Fire Safety Measures in the Administrative Building of NAC Kazatomprom JSC was elaborated and approved 57.

In October 2021, competent government authorities carried out planned inspections and evaluation of the individual fire risk of the Company's Head Office for compliance with the requirements of the Fire Safety Regulations of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The results of the inspections showed that the fire hazards did not threaten people's lives.

Based on the results of the international certification audit in the field of fire safety, the building of the Company was in compliance with the requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 standards.

In an effort to promote the health and safety, the Company developed and approved a Plan of Civil Protection and a Plan of Action on the Elimination of Facility-based Emergencies in Kazatomprom’s office building.

According to the H1 2021 Plan for conducting civil protection training courses and drills in Nur-Sultan, training was held with the simulated evacuation of personnel from the building to assembly points.

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Key indicators and achievements
tonnes of CO2 eq

the greenhouse gas emissions from the Company's operations

All enterprises of the Group have implemented an energy management system that manages energy efficiency issues and complies with the requirements of ISO 50001:18001

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Global climate change is associated with a large number of risks and an increase in the number of dangerous climatic events: water scarcity, food shortages, biodiversity loss, and natural disasters, which lead to serious economic consequences, hunger and wars.

To combat climate change and its negative impacts, 197 countries adopted the Paris Agreement on 12 December 2015, striving to reduce significantly global greenhouse gas emissions and limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius while at the same time find means to further limit this increase to 1.5 degrees.

Having ratified the Paris Agreement, the Republic of Kazakhstan has chosen a low-carbon development vector for itself. The transition to a low-carbon economy and adaptation to the consequences of climate change are the strategic objectives for Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan has introduced an online system for monitoring, reporting and verification of GHG emission sources at the national level. The government reports annually to the UNFCCC Secretariat on GHG emissions. Emissions from major GHG sources are limited by the National Allocation Plan.

As a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Republic of Kazakhstan supports the intentions and actions of the international agency for the application of nuclear science and technology to monitor climate change, mitigate its consequences, and adapt to them, making its own contribution to reducing the impact on climate.

Following global priorities, sharing a national position and striving to contribute to the implementation of the provisions of the Paris Agreement, Kazatomprom considers the fight against climate change as one of its priorities. To this end, the Company is developing a Strategy for decarbonisation and achieving carbon neutrality until 2025, 2030 and 2060, which will include a Program and Action Plan to reduce GHG emissions in the context of each subsidiary and affiliate of the Company for the period up to 2025, 2030 and 2060.

Low-carbon initiatives of NAC Kazatomprom JSC:

Monitoring and recording of greenhouse gas emissions is carried out by the Industrial Safety Department, which reports directly to the Chairman of the Management Board of Kazatomprom. The Company also monitors the state of technological facilities and environmental objects, as well as introduces the best available technologies, resource and energy saving technologies.

The Company discloses data on greenhouse gas emissions, which is in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The Company is working to deepen the disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities under the TCFD methodology in future reporting periods.

In 2021, a GHG inventory was conducted, including Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions from operations of subsidiaries and affiliates are mainly related to auxiliary processes associated with the main production.

The main sources of greenhouse gases are:

The coefficients used for GHG emission calculations comply with the Guidelines for the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions from thermal power plants and boiler houses and the Guidelines for the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere from motor transport enterprises issued by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In 2021, the greenhouse gas emissions from the Company's operations amounted to 106,910 tonnes of CO2 eq. The increase in GHG emissions in 2021 was associated with an increase in fuel consumption by vehicles, an increase in drilling and the resumption of other works due to the ease of quarantine measures.

Direct greenhouse gas emissions, 2019-2021 (Scope 1), ‘000 tonnes of CO2-eq.58

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Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Direct greenhouse gas emissions 107.60 92.59 106.91

Indirect GHG emissions, 2019–2021 (Scope 2), tonnes of CO2-eq.59

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Activity Electricity consumptionrelated Thermal energy consumption-related Total emissions
2019 2020 2021 2019 2020 2021 2019 2020 2021
Uranium mining and processing 569,878 532,920 554,960 945 546 518 570,823 533,466 555,477
Nuclear fuel cycle and metallurgy 128,717 135,196 130,871 94,931 96,378 103,927 223,648 231,574 234,798
Ancillary activities 45,838 52,929 50,902 1,813 1,915 1,376 47,651 54,844 52,279
Total 744,433 721,045 736,733 97,688 98,838 105,821 842,122 819,883 842,554

Annual greenhouse gas emissions at each subsidiary and affiliate do not exceed the threshold of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent as adopted at the national level for reporting emissions and participating in the Kazakhstan Emissions Trading System.

In the reporting period, Kazatomprom held several campaigns to help reduce the Company's contribution to climate change. In particular, we continued planting trees on the territory of the fields and in the adjacent settlements. We also held a Car-Free Day when stakeholders ditched private cars for a day and used public transport, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fuel combustion.

Kazatomprom employees took part in the Earth Hour campaign, within which it was supposed to disconnect all devices from electricity for an hour not only to save electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with its consumption, but also to draw public attention to the climate change issues.


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To minimise its impact on the environment and reduce its ecological footprint, the Company lays emphasis on programmes reduce and optimising the energy use.

All enterprises of the Group have implemented an energy management system that manages energy efficiency issues and complies with the requirements of ISO 50001:18001.

By introducing energy-efficient equipment, rationally using natural resources, and modernising production processes, Kazatomprom improves energy efficiency and reduces the energy intensity of production. In the field of energy consumption and energy efficiency improvement, the Company's management has established a KPI that does not allow exceeding the annual planned specific electricity consumption rates for uranium production.

An energy audit is conducted at the Group's enterprises once every five years to assess the possibility and potential for energy saving. Its results are used by all enterprises of Kazatomprom when developing an Action Plan for energy saving and energy efficiency improvement. The plan is formed annually as part of the Implementation Plan of the Kazatomprom Development Strategy for 2022-2031.


The amount of fuel and energy resources saved as a result of energy saving and energy efficiency measures in 2021 amounted to 170,000 GJ.

In 2021, the Company increased its energy consumption by 8% compared to 2020, due to increased production, extraction, and processing of raw materials.

Energy consumption, ‘000 GJ60

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Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Thermal energy 11,659 921 994
Electricity 5,341 2,916 3,138
Total energy consumption 17,000 3,836 4,132

Use of primary energy sources, ‘000 GJ

Source type 2019 2020 2021
Coal 12.3 17.9 17.6
Fuel (gasoline, fuel oil, diesel) 1,595 1,318 1,431
Renewable energy sources 20 21 19


The disconnection of overhead power lines (OL) is among key issues that help ensure the reliability of power supply. This disconnection may result from natural atmospheric phenomena: lightning surge, wind, and ice load. At the same time, the simultaneous load in the form of ice and wind bears the most severe consequences of technological violations on overhead lines (breakage, overlap, overheating of wires) that affect the technical and economic indicators of power quality.

In 2020, Uranenergo LLP entered into an agreement with Meteor Plant for the installation of an automated information system for monitoring ice loads on the 110 kV overhead lines of Uranenergo LLP (icing control post, wind, ice load and wire temperature sensors). Commissioned in 2021, the installation has significantly reduced the risks of breaking the wires of overhead lines during natural weather conditions, which had a positive impact on the quality of power supply.


Kazatomprom has begun work on the development and implementation of an installation for optimal heat supply modes. By implementing the functions of automatic control of boiler equipment and automatic control of technological parameters based on automatic information and measuring system for electric power technical metering (AIMS EPTM), by connecting outdoor temperature sensors, the Company wants to achieve economical, reliable and high-quality control of heating systems. The installation will automatically regulate the temperature of the heat carrier in the system according to the specified parameters, depending on changes in the outside air temperature.


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In 2021, the consumption of fuel and energy resources (FER) at the Group's enterprises increased by 9.4% compared to 2020. This is due to an increase in production, extraction and processing of raw materials. At the same time, specific energy intensity decreased by 1.9% in 2021.

Energy intensity61

Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Consumption of fuel and energy resources for production, extraction and processing of raw materials, ‘000 GJ 6,948 4,252 4,590
Production, extraction and processing of raw materials, tonnes 22,761 19,587 21,834
Specific energy intensity, ‘000 GJ/t 0.305 0.217 0.210


Kazatomprom aims to improve the efficiency of its energy supply by moving from carbon-intensive energy production to a more sustainable one. In this regard, Kazatomprom enterprises actively use alternative energy sources, which allow saving fuel and energy resources and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

Electricity generation by PV stations, MWh

Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Amount of generated energy, MWh 4.32 3.52 3.34

Effect from the use of alternative energy sources in 2021, KZT






Heat pump

The Company is looking for ways to use new alternative energy sources at its enterprises. In this regard, JV South Mining Chemical Company LLP plans to design and install a 100 kW wind turbine in 2022 at the South Inkai mine.


Actions are planned for 2022 to assess products' carbon footprint with the development of decarbonisation and carbon neutrality programme for the Company's enterprises.

The solution to the issue of developing renewable energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for Kazatomprom enterprises is the further development of energy saving and energy efficiency, the main directions of which are:

As renewable energy sources a number of the Company's enterprises are gradually installing solar collectors for hot water supply and heat pumping units for heating and hot water supply. These measures will reduce the cost of diesel fuel and consequently reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2022, activities are planned to design and install a 100 kW wind turbine generator at the Yuzhny Inkai mine, JV SMCC LLP; work is underway to re-equip the boiler plants of the shift camp of Karatau LLP with the conversion of water heating boilers from diesel fuel to liquefied gas with commissioning in Q2 2022.

Environmental protection

Key indicators and achievements
KZT .6

in investment
in environmental protection


reduction in the total water withdrawal

UN Sustainable Development Goals


Environmental protection is a top priority for the Group. Kazatomprom recognises its responsibility for its environment footprint, as well as its impact on health, safety and quality of life. The Company takes all necessary measures to ensure environmental safety, preserves the natural environment in the areas of its operation, rationally uses the natural resources and minimises its environmental impact.

The principles of environmental protection management of the Group are outlined in Kazatomprom’s Policy for H&S, environmental protection, radiation and nuclear safety.

When implementing its target production plans Kazatomprom tries not only to provide people with clean energy, but also save the planet for future generations. To this end, the Company has set the goal to achieve a zero environmental footprint.

The implementation of comprehensive measures and activities in the area of environmental protection means that the Company takes consistent efforts to minimise the negative environmental footprint, increases the level of environmental safety, and guarantees sustainable development of its enterprises.

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The Company applies the precautionary principle, especially in the area of HSE. This principle is hardwired into the risk management.

Kazatomprom introduces new technologies and the world’s best practices to improve environmental protection (EP) processes and ensure rational use of natural resources. The Company uses the most environmentally friendly method for the extraction of uranium, in-situ recovery of uranium (ISR), also known as in-situ recovery. This technology reduces the risk of harm to the health and safety of employees and the population and allows for natural restoration of groundwater following the completion of mining. This technology does not lead to radioactive contamination of vast areas.

The Group identified the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 7, 8, 9, 12, and 13 as the major EP objectives within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development along with radiation and nuclear safety goal.

In 2021, ME ORTALYK LLP received an award For Contribution to the Environment and received letters of appreciation from Algys Khat – Paryz, an annual republican competition on business social responsibility in the nomination Contribution to the Social Well-being of the Population and Improvement of the Environment.

The environmental management system functioning as part of the integrated HSE Management System of the Group allows the Company to coordinate environmental protection efforts with the its activities aimed at ensuring industrial, nuclear and radiation safety, as well as with other related areas.

The Occupational Health and Safety Department of Kazatomprom manages environmental activities at the headquarter. At the same time, subsidiaries and affiliates of the Group set up divisions responsible for managing environmental protection activities locally.

Kazatomprom management provides regular control over the environmental management situation. The Occupational H&S Department provides weekly environmental management reports to the Chairman and members of the Management Board of the Company during the board or production meetings. In addition, the department prepares a quarterly report on the implementation of the ESAP Roadmap and submits it to the members of the HSE Committee.

Key Documents Regulating Environmental Protection Issues


On June 4, 2021, to mark the World Environment Day, the H&S department of Kazatomprom held an online event Kazatomprom: Caring for the Environment! on the RHYTHM platform. Representatives of Kazatomprom declared the Company's readiness for new challenges and changes related to global trends and new environmental legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as presented the work of the headquarters for coordinating environmental protection areas, and the projects on biodiversity, landscaping and recycling implemented at enterprises. During the event, the Managing Director for Industrial Safety Manas Iskakov emphasised once again that the top priorities of the Group include industrial safety and environmental protection, protection of the nature, and measures to minimise the environmental footprint in the regions of presence.


In 2021, in an effort to implement the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP), Kazatomprom:


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As required by the environmental laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Group's subsidiaries and affiliates carried out quarterly industrial environmental control (IEC) with the involvement of accredited contracting organizations (laboratories) as per the IEC Schedule in the reporting period.

As part of the implementation of objectives to improve environmental impact forecasting and monitoring as well as planning for mine closures in 2021, Kazatomprom improved its environmental expertise. In addition, the Centre for Environmental Design and Monitoring completed the R&D work Study of the Environmental and Social Impacts of the In-situ Leach Mining Facilities on the Environment and the Local Population.

In the reporting period, subsidiaries and affiliates received decisions to determine the category of a facility with a negative environmental footprint in accordance with the requirements of the new Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

To introduce the best available technologies at Kazatomprom enterprises in 2021-2022, Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC conducted a comprehensive technological audit of the enterprise. According to the opinion of the International Centre for Green Technologies and Investment Projects based on the results of a comprehensive technological audit: Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC has implemented the best available techniques as to the implementation of technological processes and environmental protection. The recommendation is to include the indicators of the implementation of the main technological processes of UMP established during the audit in the National Reference Book of Best Available Technologies.


All production facilities of the Group have the environmental management systems and energy management systems in place that are ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certified.

In 2021, Kazatomprom successfully passed the first supervisory audit and confirmed its certificate from TÜV International Certification as part of its commitment to improving the environmental management approaches.

An independent audit certified that Kazatomprom complies with the requirements of international standards ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management systems) and ISO 45001:2018 (occupational health and safety management) when organizing export deliveries of natural uranium compounds.


To provide more effective environmental management and obtain the necessary competencies and knowledge about the Good International Industry Practice (GIIP), the Company organises regular training sessions for the heads of subsidiaries and affiliates and specialists responsible for subsoil protection, environmental and social issues.

HSE training programmes include:

In 2021, 244 employees of the Group, in particular, the heads of subsidiaries and affiliates and specialists responsible for subsoil protection, environmental and social issues of different structural units attended the training sessions:


The Group invests heavily in environmental actions. In 2021, Kazatomprom’s total cost of environmental protection measures amounted to KZT 964.6 million. In 2021, Kazatomprom paid KZT 187,6 million in emission taxes.

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In 2021, the fines and economic sanctions for noncompliance with the requirements of environmental laws at the enterprises of the Group reached KZT 12.4 million in general. In the reporting period, Kazatomprom did not participate in the legal proceedings related to significant violations of environmental legislation.

Investment in environmental measures, 2021, KZT million

Improvement of technological processes, including reduction of fugitive emissions into the environment 100.4
Improving the efficiency of existing dust and gas collection and water treatment plants 87.5
Carrying out R&D activities in the area of environmental protection 127.1


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The Company requires that its suppliers of goods, works and services, as well as contractors, comply with the corporate standard The System of HSE Standards. These requirements are mandatory for contractors, and are also advisory in nature for contractors.

At the stage of selecting a supplier and concluding an agreement with a counterparty, Kazatomprom informs counterparties of the need to ensure compliance with the Company's environmental requirements. The Occupational H&S Department is also obliged to participate in the contract negotiation process to ensure that the necessary safety conditions and commitments are included in the respective contracts with contractors and suppliers.

The Occupational H&S Department, together with the occupational H&S services of subsidiaries and affiliates, control the operations of contractors directly on the ground by conducting the respective inspections and making reports, which provide the assessment of the contractors work, the number of inspections and detected violations.


The Company sells its products to 8 countries that use nuclear energy. By doing this, the Company contributes to law carbon industry development in these countries and helps reduce emissions.

Kazatomprom seeks to reduce the negative impact of its production on air quality by introducing technological improvements, thereby contributing to the reduction of emissions of harmful substances. The Group is implementing a number of measures aimed at reducing emissions into the atmosphere and monitoring the air quality:

Overall, emissions at the Group’s enterprises reduced by 3.3% in 2021, from 1,907.57 tonnes in 2020 to 1,845.19 tonnes in 2021. The reduction in emissions is associated with environmental protection measures implemented by subsidiaries and affiliates under the the current emissions permits.

Changes in emissions, 2019-2021, tonnes

The Group's companies actively use solar energy to generate electricity, thereby reducing air emissions resulting from the consumption of traditional fuels such as fuel oil and coal. The reduction in CO2 emissions amounted to about 3% of the total emissions.

The annual electricity output generated by the Group's solar photovoltaic plants is 3.34 MWh. The generated electricity is used for own needs, allowing annual savings of KZT 90 million. Excess electricity is supplied to local power grids for use by households and businesses in the regions where the Group operates.


Efficient management of water resources is an integral part of the Company's Policy for H&S, environmental protection, nuclear and radiation safety, which, among other things, contributes to improving interaction with local communities, the state, and investors. The company is committed to reducing water consumption and is making every effort to reduce water withdrawals and increase recycling. Kazatomprom regularly monitors and assesses the risks of water supply in all regions of its presence. In some regions of operation, the Company provides water supply to the local population and industry. Demineralised water is a raw material for generating electricity supplied to the external network for the needs of local communities.

When using water resources in production, the Company follows the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030, including SDG 6, Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, and also operates in accordance with the Water Code of the Republic Kazakhstan (Article 66). The Company uses water in accordance with water resources protection permit documents. At the same time, the water supply of enterprises is divided into industrial, technical, and potable.


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Water is withdrawn in line with the technological regulations for production sewage water, as well as requirements ensuring the supply of drinking water to the population. Groundwater is taken from the water withdrawal sites against a permit for special use of water issued by the Basin Inspectorates for Regulation of the Use and Protection of Water Resources under the Committee for Water Resources of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Enterprises providing centralised and non-centralised water supply for industrial and non-industrial needs, keep monitoring water withdrawal, conduct regular monitoring of the state of water withdrawal facilities, internal water supply systems, and water metering units.

The water facilities used by the Group's entities to withdraw water are not particularly vulnerable due to their size, role or status as a rare, endangered or critically endangered system. The Group's entities withdraw water in accordance with the permits and their withdrawal does not have a significant impact on water sources.

Requirements for water meters are established by the Water Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, technical regulations, rules for the selection, installation and operation of water meters in water supply and sanitation systems.

Total water withdrawal, ‘000 m3

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Source 2021
Surface water 6.5
fresh water -
other water 6.5
Ground water 8,531.3
fresh water 3,802.7
other water 4,728.7
Municipal and other water supply systems 1,582.9
fresh water 1,582.9
other water -
Total 10,120.7
In 2021, total water withdrawal reduced by 3.2%: from 10,452,300 m3 in 2020 to 10,120,700 m3 of water in 2021.

In the reporting period, the water withdrawal structure did not change. Groundwater accounts for 84% of the total amount of withdrawn water. 0.06% of water is taken from surface sources, and we are witnessing a constant reduction in water intake from surface sources.

Water withdrawal from municipal and other water supply systems increased by 39.9%, from 1,131,100 m3 to 1,582,900 m3. The increase in water consumption was associated with an increase in uranium mining in 2021.

Kazatomprom endeavours to reduce the volume of water it uses in production. To this end, some of enterprises use closed water cycles. In 2021, the volume of recycled and reused water amounted to 50,384,000 m3, down by 0.59% against 2020.

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Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Total volume of recycled and reused water 50,443 50,683 50,384


The Group's entities produce industrial, storm and domestic wastewater as a result of water use. After treatment through storm sewer outlet, water is discharged to surface water bodies from storm waste water from the territory of industrial site and normatively clean water not used in the technological process. In addition, mine wastewater is discharged into a storage pond.

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All discharges are treated and meet regulatory requirements of the quality of discharged water according to Kazakhstan Methodology for Emmission Rates. Monitoring of the condition of water bodies, including the determination of the chemical composition of surface, underground and waste water, is carried out regularly by the Company's industrial and sanitary laboratories. The monitoring programme includes studies of wastewater quality at all industrial sites that are connected to centralised sewerage.

In 2021, subsidiaries and affiliates of the Group did not exceed the limits of contaminants in discharges as set for water bodies with fisheries.

In 2021, the wastewater discharged by Kazatomprom reached 4,823,000 m3, down by 7.9% compared to 2020.

Total wastewater discharge, m3 63
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In the reporting period, JV Inkai LLP carried out standardised procedures to clean sewage septic tanks. During the cleaning, 150 tonnes of sludge were removed. The works helped prevent exceeding the maximum permissible concentrations in waste water and excluded the excess of the content of pollutants in the outlets.


Uranium mining using the ISR method poses a risk of groundwater contamination. To ensure the safety of the population and minimize the environmental risk at all Kazatomprom mines in accordance with sanitary requirements, the design documentation substantiated the size of the buffer zone.

As part of industrial environmental control, the Group's entities constantly monitor the state of groundwater in accordance with established legislative and corporate requirements.

In 2021, the Company approved Methodological Guidelines for the Monitoring of the Impact on Ground and Underground Water in ISR Mining of Uranium, the implementation of the standard is scheduled for 2022. The standard is designed to establish uniform requirements for monitoring the state of natural waters in the areas where Kazatomprom’s uranium deposits are located during mining operatins using the ISR method.


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In their production operations, enterprises of Kazatomprom generate industrial and municipal waste. Safe waste management and disposal are priority objectives for the Company. If it is impossible to process waste, we ensure detoxication and environmentally safe disposal of waste or transfer waste to specialised organisations.

When handling waste, the Group is guided by the requirements of national legislation, which obliges the enterprises to ensure separate collection of all generated waste, depending on their type and composition, for subsequent disposal, processing and disposal. Subsidiaries and affiliates have temporary sites equipped for containers and metal containers in place. They are marked with clearly visible identification marks indicating the type of waste, as well as the degree of hazard.

Corporate waste management standards:

Key waste generated by the Company:

According to the approved Waste Management Programmes and Waste Management Action Plans, the Company take the following actions:

The Company exercises mandatory control over the prevention of waste generation. All planned activities are carried out in accordance with the work plans, the results are properly recorded. No serious violations were identified during the reporting period.

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As of the end of the reporting period, the total amount of accumulated waste made 1,016.6 tonnes, down by 10% compared to 2020. Industrial waste account for 87.9% of the total waste volume. In 2021, the total volume of industrial waste decreased by 10.3%.

The Company has adopted a separate waste collection system. Temporary storage of production and consumption waste on the territory of subsidiaries and affiliates is organised in specially designated places equipped for this purpose. Hazardous industrial waste is transferred for storage, processing and disposal to specialised enterprises. Passports have been developed for the entire list of hazardous wastes, which indicate the basic information about the waste: name, list of hazardous properties, composition, toxicity and precautions for waste handling.

Kazatomprom transports hazardous waste in accordance with the applicable law and exclusively with engagement of licensed organizations. In 2021, the Company did not carry out transboundary transportation of hazardous waste.


In its operations, uranium mining enterprises generate only solid low-level radioactive waste.

Solid radioactive waste generated during mining is found in:

The Group's mining enterprises dispose of solid radioactive waste in specially designated areas for disposal in accordance with the laws of Kazakhstan. Such types of solid radioactive waste are characterised as low-level and are the least hazardous solid radioactive waste in terms of radiation level.

Contribution of various types of SLRW to total radioactive waste (RW) at the Group’s uranium mining entities, 2021, %

SLRW types Contribution to total RW
Sand and sludge from the sand trap, contaminated soil 75.3
Ion-exchange resin 1.9
Metal waste 2.6
Overalls, PPE, rags, filters 6.2
Plastic waste (types, etc.) 1.2
Other radioactive waste 12.8


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Understanding the importance of preserving the biodiversity in the region of its presence, the Company makes efforts to study the state of flora and fauna in the territory of uranium deposits.

Under a contract made with Laboratory-Atmsofera LLP, the project assessing the impact of Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC on cumulative pollution of air, water resources and/or ecosystems found that the fauna was represented by various animals, mainly rodents, and there were no large mammals or endangered animal species.

In 2021, LLC ROYAL assessed the impact made by the production operations of TTC-Shieli and Auto Service, branches of Trade and Transport Company LLP, on the environment and the local population. Following visual observations of the flora and fauna, the organisation found that there was no negative impact on the flora and fauna near the branches.

All subsidiaries and affiliates within the scope of the project for the implementation of the ESAP Plan were covered by biodiversity assessment studies carried out in the territories adjacent to the production sites of Kazatomprom.

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The total area of land owned, leased and managed by the Group is 51,923.55 hectares. There are no nature reserves or other specially protected natural sites on the territory of Kazatomprom's uranium deposits or near their borders.

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The Company's activities do not pose a threat to animal and plant species listed in the Red Book of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the Red Book of the Republic of Kazakhstan and endangered.

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Kazatomprom carries out its activities on the industrial land and areas of settlements in accordance with the current legislation. The activities of the Group do not have a direct material impact on biodiversity.

As part of the implementation of ESAP Roadmap, the Company has the objective to determine the impact of mining activities on habitats, vegetation, and protected animal species.

Efforts taklen by the Company:

As part of ESAP Biodiversity Roadmap implementation, Kazatomprom is implementing the Programme of Bird Protection from the impact of Kazatomprom power lines.

In 2021, Kazatomprom initiated the creation of a map showing habitats disturbed by mining operations. In order to more accurately determine habitats and identify sensitive ecosystems, biodiversity studies are carried out with account the seasonal migration of birds and mammals.

The Company has developed the Corporate Standard Methodological Guidelines for Assessing Biodiversity at Uranium Deposits, Production Facilities and Adjacent Territories and submitted it to subsidiaries and affiliates for implementation.

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Kazatomprom regularly carries out activities aimed at restoring lands disturbed as a result of operation of mining enterprises. While developing the deposits, the Company carries out reclamation works to restore the landscape and vegetation and return the land into the economic use. As of the end of 2021, preparations were underway for liquidation and reclamation work in the contract areas of two deposits of Kazatomprom – Uvanas and South Moinkum (the southern part of block No. 1 (South) of the Moinkum deposit).

According to legal requirements, three years prior to termination of operations at the deposits, Kazatomprom should prepare draft liquidation plans, which include information on the fauna and flora of the site, the consequences of subsoil use, which are subject to liquidation, measures to rehabilitate flora and fauna, and plans for the reclamation of disturbed land.

Liquidation plans also include a set of works carried out after land reclamation:

In 2021, IHT LLP conducted works to isolate the impact directly related to the production operation of uranium mining enterprises from the general anthropogenic impact in the region with significant environmental problems associated with natural climatic conditions (soil salinity, poor quality of drinking water, arid climate); the ecological catastrophe caused by the drying up of the Aral Sea (salt dust storms, reduction of biodiversity, reduction of soil fertility). The purpose of the initiative was to develop measures to minimise the man-made impact, subject to environmental and social risks.

Following the results, the Company prepared a final report on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) of Kazatomprom for the period from 2019 to 2021.

In 2022, the Company will continue research to assess the environmental condition and biodiversity at the uranium deposits of Kazatomprom.


In 2022, Kazatomprom plans to implement a number of HSE measures:

Moreover, the Group's specialists plan to take part in IAEA’s technical meetings, seminars and training sessions on safety, decommissioning of uranium production facilities, reclamation of uranium deposits, and uranium heritage sites.

Photography by Rinat Khaibulin


The Group operates 26 deposits (sites). The deposit is developed by the ISL method in succession by dividing it into technological blocks. It takes an average of three to four years to develop one technological block at the deposit.

Uranium mining by the ISL method involves a set of operations:
  • mining preparation works (construction of technological holes, installation of trunk and intra-block piping, acidification of the mining mass)
  • uranium leaching directly in the subsurface and production of productive solutions (active leaching, leaching and additional leaching)
Advantages of natural uranium mining by the ISL method compared to conventional uranium mining:
  • lower cost of mine development
  • shorter construction time
  • lower cost of production
  • reduced environmental impact
  • reduced risk to health and safety

Uranium mining by the ISR method in Kazakhstan

Stakeholder Engagement

Key indicators and achievements
KZT 0.03

in retained economic value

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Kazatomprom sees its mission in creating value for stakeholders in alignment with their interests and needs. To deliver on this mission, the Company is building a system of effective interaction with stakeholders, using various engagement methods and communication channels, and paying special attention to improving two-way communication systems and receiving feedback.

Key underlying documents regulating the Company’s stakeholder engagement:

To meet the needs and expectations of its stakeholders, Kazatomprom has built effective communication channels.

In 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings and events took place online using audio and video conferencing technologies to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection.


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To identify and select stakeholders for further engagement, Kazatomprom relies on the assessment of the impact on its current operations and strategic development, as well as the established practice of the Company's engagement with external stakeholders and their dependence on its performance.

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Key stakeholders:
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The Company has developed a Stakeholder Map that takes into account the interests and needs of all stakeholders.

Realising the consequences of its operations, Kazatomprom engages with stakeholders in line with the following principles:

The Stakeholder Map is annually updated to assess the mutual influence of Kazatomprom and its stakeholders, as well as the effectiveness of the stakeholder engagement plan. In 2021, the relevance of the map was confirmed by results of a management survey.

Kazatomprom Stakeholder Map 2021

A list of stakeholder groups

Stakeholder’s interest in the Company Stakeholder engagement mechanisms
  • Economic profit / Consolidated net profit / Economic performance
  • Free funds for development and dividends
  • Net asset value (NAV)
  • Corporate governance rating
  • Market share / Market presence
  • Minimisation of environmental emissions
  • Decisions of the General Meeting of Shareholders of the Company, the Board of Directors and Management Board of the Fund, the Board of Directors of the Company
  • Joint working groups, meetings, negotiations
  • Discussion of the implementation status of sustainable development processes with the Fund
  • Regular reporting to shareholders, including Samruk-Kazyna, according to the agreed format
  • Special session on sustainable development with the relevant board of directors
  • Correspondence on the activities of the Group
  • Surveys, questionnaires, testing
  • Internal corporate communication channels
  • Annual report and website of the Company
  • Market share / Market presence
  • Products and service labelling
  • Marketing communications
  • Minimisation of environmental emissions
  • Customer feedback
  • Meetings, negotiations, questionnaires
  • Signing of agreements, memoranda, strategic cooperation agreements
  • Hotline
  • Annual report and website of the Company
Investment analysts
  • Analysis of various aspects of the Company
  • Inclusion of the Company in analytical ratings
  • Conferences, forums, annual meetings with investors
  • Meetings, negotiations, questionnaires
  • Annual report and website of the Company
  • Quaterly operating expenses
  • Quarterly financial reporting and press statements
Management and staff
  • Employment, relations between employees and management, non-discrimination / Diversity and equal opportunities / Level of employee satisfaction with work and the work of Company-controlled services
  • Training and education
  • Improvements to the production safety culture
  • Fair and transparent conditions for staff remuneration, professional growth of employees, safe working conditions
  • Staff development
  • Production safety briefings and implementation of programmes to improve working conditions
  • Implementation of measures for social support of workers and members of their families
  • Continuing education, training and staff development programmes
  • Regular meetings with management, negotiations
  • Notification of employees on the activities of the Company, professional growth opportunities through corporate magazines, social networks
  • Surveys, questionnaires, testing
  • Hotline, channels of internal corporate communication, website of the Company
Suppliers of goods, works and services
  • Equal access to tenders
  • Investment and procurement practices / Benefits from the implementation of category-based procurement strategies
  • Energy specific weighting of energy costs in the production cost of finished products
  • Support for domestic manufacturers
  • Requests for quotations
  • Regular analytical meetings, negotiations, business correspondence
  • Signing of agreements, memoranda, strategic cooperation agreements, licensing
  • Information/reporting on the implementation of production, investment and social plans and obligations forwarded to the Company
  • Reporting on the results of the financial and economic activities of the Company
  • Consideration of letters (appeals) addressed to the Company
  • Surveys, questionnaires, testing
  • Hotline
  • Annual report and website of the Company
Business communities (Associations, National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, Union of Legal Entities)
  • Participation of the Company in improvements in and compliance with industry standards
  • Participation of the Company in improvements to the business environment
  • Support for the Company at the state authorities through mechanisms of interaction of the business environment with the state authorities, assistance with the promotion of the legislative initiatives of the Company
  • Development of proposals on amendments and addenda to the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Signing of agreements, memoranda, strategic cooperation agreements
  • Creation of working groups, meetings, negotiations, questionnaires
  • Annual report and website of the Company
  • Market share / Market presence
  • Unit production cost of U3O8 produced by the Company and all uranium mining subsidiaries
  • Memorandums of association
  • Decisions of the General Meeting of Shareholders / participants of subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, boards of directors, Supervisory Board of subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, joint consultative and advisory bodies
  • Joint working groups, joint inspections
  • Meetings, negotiations, business correspondence, questionnaires
  • Reports on current activities
  • Correspondence on the activities of subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures
  • Annual report and website of the Company
Public authorities
  • Compliance, stability and business sustainability
  • Creation and maintenance of jobs
  • Representation of the country's economic interests in the international arena (economic, political and image benefits for the country through the prism of development of the uranium industry in Kazakhstan)
  • Increase in the level of energy and resource efficiency of production
  • Minimization of environmental emissions
  • Verification of the compliance by the Company’s subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures with licensing and contractual obligations
  • Audit of compliance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, development of proposals on amendments to the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Coordination of the subsoil use contract and state registration of the right of subsoil use
  • Submission of information/reporting on the implementation of production, investment and social plans and obligations further to requests
  • Oral negotiations, business correspondence, control, production, operational and other meetings, questionnaires
  • Reports on the performance by the Company’s subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures of licensing and contractual obligations, submission of quarterly reports to the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, reporting on the results of the financial and economic activities of the Company
  • Hotline
  • Annual report and website of the Company
International organisations
  • Participation of the Company in international agreements, initiatives
  • Conferences, forums, annual meetings
  • Signing of agreements, memoranda, strategic cooperation agreements
  • Creation of working groups, meetings, negotiations, questionnaires
  • Annual report and website of the Company
  • Economic profit / Consolidated net profit / Economic performance
  • Free funds for development and dividends
  • Net asset value (NAV)
  • Investment and procurement practices / Benefits from the implementation of category-based procurement strategies
  • Regular analytical meetings and negotiations, business correspondence, questionnaires
  • Publication of information about the Company in the media
  • Hotline
  • Annual report and website of the Company
Local executive authorities
  • Compliance with requirements, creation and retention of workplaces, sponsorship and charitable assistance
  • Occupational health and safety of the employees of the Company
  • Increase in the level of energy and resource efficiency of production, minimisation of environmental emissions
  • Memoranda of cooperation between the local executive authorities and the Company in order to support and develop the social sector of the regions
  • General agreements between the local executive authorities and the Company on the financing of the social sector of the regions
  • Hotline, social networks
  • Annual report and website of the Company
Public organisations and local communities
  • Improvements to the production safety culture
  • Increase in the level of energy and resource efficiency of production
  • Minimisation of environmental emissions
  • Compliance with legislative requirements, sponsorship and charitable assistance
  • Training and education
  • Holding of public hearings
  • Development of proposals on amendments and addenda to the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Publication of information about the Company in the media
  • Surveys, questionnaires, testing
  • Information on the current activities of the Company, subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures
  • Letters (complaints) to the Company
  • Hotline, social networks
  • Annual report and website of the Company
Trade union
  • Creation and retention of workplaces
  • Improvements to the production safety culture
  • Holding of public hearings
  • Signing of agreements, memoranda, strategic cooperation agreements
  • Regulation of employment relations with the employees of the Company through the collective bargaining agreement
  • Remuneration of employees in accordance with the labour legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, training and education, safe working conditions
  • Notification on the current activities of subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures
  • Letters (complaints) to the Company
  • Hotline, social networks, corporate communications channels
  • Annual report and website of the Company
Subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures
  • Employment and level of remuneration, relations between employees and management, non-discrimination, diversity and equal opportunities
  • Improvements to the production safety culture, training and education
  • Market share / Market presence, products and service labelling
  • Decisions of the Company as a participant/shareholder of the subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures
  • Reporting in accordance with the Non-Disclosure Agreement between Samruk-Kazyna and Kazatomprom
  • Decisions of the General Meeting of Shareholders of the Company / participants in subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures
  • Audit of compliance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the internal regulations of the Group
  • Audit of the fulfillment of the license and contractual obligations of the Company's subsidiaries
  • Development of proposals on amendments and addenda to the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Provision of information at the request of the state authorities on different lines of business of the Company
  • Signing of agreements, memoranda, strategic cooperation agreements
  • Orders and instructions, management hearings from subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures
  • Information/reports on the implementation of production, investment and social plan/commitments sent to the Company
  • Operational and other meetings, public hearings
  • Production safety briefings, training and education
  • Hotline, social networks, corporate communications channels, annual report and the website of the Company
Specialized organisations (including Samruk-Kazyna Trust Social Project Development Fund)
  • Implementation of projects and programs aimed at addressing socially significant issues
  • Implementation of the functions of a single charitable operator Samruk-Kazyna group companies
  • Incoming and outgoing letters
  • Business correspondence
  • Meetings, negotiations, etc.
  • Current operations reports
  • Publication of information about the Company in media
  • Hotline
  • Company’s website
Stock exchanges
  • Compliance with rules and procedures
  • Timely submission of financial statements and other information
  • Meetings and negotiations
  • Company’s website
  • Report
  • Current operations repor
  • Websites of exchange regulators


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To boost transparency and accountability of Kazatomprom, representatives of the key stakeholder groups are engaged in the preparations of the reports by participating in dialogues to discuss socially significant aspects of the Company's operations and disclosing this in the reports. Stakeholder engagement is an integral part of international standards: АА1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (2015), Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI SRS), and International Framework for Integrated Reporting.

When preparing the IAR, the Company sends forms to be filled in by stakeholders:

Consideration of stakeholder recommendations

Stakeholder recommendations Consideration of recommendations in the sections of IAR 2021
Providing more information regarding planned activities for all sections of the report Taken into account in all sections of the IAR
Paying more attention to corporate social responsibility Taken into account in the Sustainable Development section
Expanding the scope of sustainability in the supply chain Taken into account in the Sustainable Development section
Paying more attention to sustainability risks Taken into account in the Corporate Governance and Ethics section


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Kazatomprom has adopted specific procedures for conducting consultations on economic, environmental and social issues between key stakeholder groups and the highest governing body.

Economic, environmental and social issues are regularly considered by the specialised Committees of the Board of Directors and the supervisory boards of subsidiaries and affiliates. Committees under Board of Directors provide preliminary consideration and elaboration of the most important matters reserved for the Board of Directors and develop recommendations for making decisions on these matters. The Board of Directors strives to successfully cope and quickly adapt to a constantly changing environment and comply with the most important principles of corporate governance.


Kazatomprom openly and transparently informs shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders about its efforts taken to create economic value. Disclosure of this indicator helps the Company's stakeholders see how the Group creates and distributes economic value over the reporting period.

Retained economic value amounted to KZT 220.03 billion in 2021.

Generated and distributed direct economic value, KZT billion

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Article Stakeholder group 2019 2020 2021
Direct economic value created
Income64 Broad stakeholder group 621.13 667.12 761.53
Distributed economic value, incl.
Operating expenses65 Suppliers of goods, works and services 273.42 288.11 373.59
Salaries Staff 49.15 50.72 53.05
Interest and dividend expenses Shareholders, creditors, investment analysts 11.96 7.68 6.71
Taxes other than income tax State bodies 27.79 24.73 26.14
Income tax expense 33.51 63.78 61.62
Other expenses 8.51 9.73 15.86
Social spending (investment in local communities) Local population 1.07 1.01 4.54
Retained economic value 213.75 221.37 220.03

Transparent Procurements

Key indicators and achievements
KZT 7.

in total amount under the Procurements Plan


of local content in goods, works and services

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Given the scale of Kazatomprom's business and the vast geography of its operations, efficient, timely, and complete provision of the necessary resources, combined with the best procurement terms and conditions, is paramount to the success of the Company's business.

Responsible procurement contributes to the development of mutually beneficial partnerships, increases the efficiency of interaction with suppliers and contractors, as well as improves the efficiency, control and transparency of procurement activities within the supply chain.

The Group’s key procurement priorities in the reporting period:

Procurement Department under the Managing Director for Procurement delivers procurement function within the Company. The department is taking efforts to maximize the business value in various forms: quality, timeliness, safety, productivity, risk reduction. To this end, Kazatomprom keeps expanding the professional competencies of the Procurement Department employees and applying new technological solutions.

The procurement activity of the company is regulated by the following key documents:


The total procurement amount under the Procurement Plans for the Company’s Group amounted to KZT 227.64 billion. The company concluded contracts for KZT 212.02 billion in total. At the same time, the procurement plans have been implemented by 93.14%.

Single source procurements (SS) account for KZT 20.86 billion or 9.8% of the total amount of purchases.


Procurements made on the basis of an open tender (OT) and quotation requests (QR) account for KZT 84.3 billion or 39.76% of the total amount of purchases.

The share of local content in the group of companies of the Foundation is 80% against the plan of 77%. At the same time, the amount of executed contracts for the group of Kazatomprom’s enterprises for the goods under the Economy of Simple Things programme amounted to KZT 36.34 billion, or 87%.

To increase the share of competitive purchases, the Company conducts outreach with potential suppliers on the terms of registration and submission of tender documents, while eliminating excessive requirements for suppliers and reducing administrative costs that do not affect the production process.


In 2021, the Company implemented 18 procurement category strategies in accordance with the Procurement Plan 2021: 7 procurement category strategies of Kazatomprom and 11 procurement category strategies of the Fund.

In 2021, the actual volume of category procurement strategies in the Group made KZT 23.5 billion.

The target indicators of benefits from the implementation of procurement category strategies for 2021 set by the Competence Centre of the Fund for Kazatomprom amounted to KZT 2.19 billion. However, following the adjustment of the target indicators of benefits of the Foundation's portfolio companies, the amount of benefits was reduced to KZT 1.23 billion.


In 2021, because of the pandemic restrictions and logistics problems at the border with China, subsidiaries and affiliates of Kazatomprom faced problems with implementation of some category procurement strategies. This also refers to "HDPE and PVC pipes" procurement category strategies, where force majeure circumstances arose as a result of shortage in the main raw materials in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Almost 36% of major batches of pipes were not delivered to the mining enterprises of Kazatomprom. The above factors had a significant impact on the results of Kazatomprom category procurements.

Company’s Procurement Category strategies in 2021

Group strategy Foundation strategy
Transportation and distribution services Electricity
Pumps, components and spare parts Cars and buses
Pipes Health insurance
Flow meters Safety footwear
Ion exchange resin Cabling and wiring products
Hydrogen peroxide Fuel
Ammonia products IT equipment and communication equipment
IT software
Oils and greases
Trucks and special equipment
Safety clothing and PPE

To increase the share of competitive purchases, Kazatomprom conducts outreach with potential suppliers to clarify the terms and conditions of tender documents, eliminates excessive requirements for suppliers and administrative costs that do not affect the production process. Planned single-source procurements are transferred to tender procedures.


In 2021, the Company continued to implement its procurement plans fully in the SAP ERP system. This functionality enables the quick consolidation of the planned procurements, taking into account the goods in transit and in stock.

The procurement plans for 2022 have also been made in the SAP ERP system. Work is currently underway on the direct automated integration of the SAP ERP system and the e-procurement information system 2.0 where procurement plans will be developed, adjusted, and approved. The expected delivery term is July 2022.


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To comply with the public policy, as well as to support local suppliers in the region, the Company assists in concluding contracts for the procurement of products, works, and services between its subsidiaries and affiliates and local suppliers.

In 2021, the Group continued controlling the procurements of goods produced by domestic producers in the light industry as well as furniture, and food industries and the production of construction materials from manufacturers listed on the Samruk-Kazyna’s Register.

As part of the Economy of Simple Things Programme in six sectors of economy (consumer goods, furniture, food, construction, machine building, and chemicals), products and goods are purchased from the manufacturers of the Holding.

The local content in the EST procurements accounted for 87% of the total procurements in accordance with the established indicators in procurement.


The Central Project Office engaging the Company’s subsidiaries and affiliates continues its work at the platform of Samruk-Kazyna Contract LLP to support domestic producers. The platform is used to conclude offtake contracts with producers. In addition, works are underway to search for new domestic producers adapted to the needs of the industry.

In 2021, local content in goods, works and services reached 80% against the target of 77%, compared to 75% year on year.

Percentage of local suppliers in procurements, %

Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Percentage 77 75 80


Science and Innovations

Key indicators and achievements

under 57 R&D contracts in total


filed for intellectual property

innovation proposals

were submitted by the Group's
employees, of which 2,020
were accepted and 1,367 were

UN Sustainable Development Goals


R&D and innovations play a significant role in the implementation of Kazatomprom's strategic priorities for maintaining production output, increasing efficiency, and reducing a negative environmental footprint.

For more information about Kazatomprom’s Innovative and Technological Development Strategy and Policy 2014-2022, as well as the R&D Management Policy, see Kazatomprom Integrated Annual Report 2019.

The following companies contribute the most in achieving the strategic objectives in the field of R&D and innovations management, which are an increase in added value and knowledge intensity of Kazakhstani uranium products:

The Department of Scientific and Technological Projects of Kazatomprom is responsible for the general coordination of R&D activities, as well as the management and commercialisation of intellectual property.

In 2021, the Company held one event where subsidiaries and affiliates of Kazatomprom presented their implemented R&D projects. Such events seek to improve the coordination of scientific activities and the implementation of the R&D at production facilities.

Results in 2021


To commercialise the R&D results, four contracts were signed in 2021 to grant the right to use the inventions of Kazatomprom:


In addition, work and negotiations are ongoing to conclude license agreements between Kazatomprom and its subsidiaries and affiliates (JV ZARECHNOYE JSC, ME ORTALYK LLP) on granting the right to use the invention “Method for obtaining a chemical concentrate of natural uranium from rich eluate”.


Almost all R&D projects of the Group seek to improve and upgrade production. Several major R&D projects were implemented in 2021:

Project Result in 2021
Introduction of new technologies, materials, and equipment to reduce the cost of the chemical concentrate of natural uranium and uranium oxide Work began on industrial testing of a rich eluate nanofiltration unit, the technological modes of nanofiltration and the technical and economic indicators of this technology were determined. Implemented at Kazatomprom-SaUran LLP in 2021
Development of low-acid leaching technology using cavitation-jet technologies in combination with special purpose chemical reagents Industrial testing conducted in 2021 showed that it could be used for the ISR. It is planned to continue work on establishing the technical and economic efficiency of the technology in 2022
Study of trace element and isotopic composition to create portraits of finished products of uranium mining enterprises The effectiveness of this work lies in the fact that the presence of a database of portraits will reduce the risk of unauthorized use, loss and theft of finished products at enterprises and ensure compliance with current and future IAEA requirements in terms of control over illicit trafficking in nuclear materials and technologies

In 2021, a software prototype was developed in the Microsoft Excel environment using VBA and PowerMap. The Base prototype allows to carry out the identification of samples of finished products of uranium mining and uranium processing enterprises and to generate a report on the results of identification. An archive of GP samples has been created, allowing, if necessary, to carry out an operational procedure for identifying the material and its belonging to a particular manufacturer.

One of the significant areas of work for scientific research is environmental. In 2021, several studies were conducted to improve the environmental friendliness of production:

Studies Target Results in 2021

Study of the impact of uranium leaching on groundwater and development of guidelines (standard) for

  • Contamination control of aquifers in uranium deposits and minimisation of contamination risks thanks to ISR uranium mining by the Customer's enterprises
  • Development of an action plan to obtain convincing evidence that ISR mining has no irreversible negative impact on groundwater
  • Development of a methodology for interpreting aquifer monitoring data applicable to mining operations and deposit liquidation plans

Kazatomprom Standard on “Methodological guidelines for organizing monitoring of the impact of ISR on natural waters of uranium deposits” was developed and put into effect. The document regulates the procedure for conducting industrial environmental monitoring of the state of groundwater during the implementation of the ISR of uranium and upon completion of this process by uranium mining enterprises.

Development of a system for automatic monitoring of radiation hazards using gamma radiation threshold dosimeters with the ability to measure and control the equivalent dose and the equivalent dose rate of external gamma radiation

The system will provide:

  • impact assessment of the radiation factors on various categories of personnel and the population
  • collection of information about the gamma radiation in the area with its automatic referencing to the geographic coordinates during the gamma screening when an employee is walking
  • automatic generation of electronic reports and cartograms via a convenient and user-friendly software interface. The use of dosimeters developed in the course of R&D as individual dosimeters gives a number of advantages to an employee such as:
    • real-time display of direct indication of accumulated dose and dose rate in the automatic monitoring information system
    • dose rate alarms that can alert a person wearing the dosimeter, when the specified dose rate or accumulated dose is exceeded
    • measurement with high accuracy of a wide range of accumulated radiation doses from normal (μSv) to emergency levels (hundreds of mSv or Sv)

The automatic monitoring system based on individual dosimeters RKS01IM was put into pilot operation at NAC Kazatomprom JSC on 29 December 2021 to test various operating modes.


The Group encourages its employees to innovate, using mechanisms for submitting, processing, evaluating, and reviewing innovation proposals. An additional incentive for innovations is an annual contest of innovations held among subsidiaries and affiliates.

Results in 2021:


NAC Kazatomprom JSC holds an annual contest of innovations (the Contest) among subsidiaries and affiliates.

The contest has three stages:

  • internal selection of contestants at enterprises
  • selection of contestants by the organizing committee
  • selection of winners in nominations by the expert committee

The contest operator is the Department of Scientific and Technological Projects of NAC Kazatomprom JSC.

According to the results of the contest, which took place in 2021, the proposal on “Processing of substandard uranium-containing semi-products with the production of rich eluates with subsequent sale” by Kazatomprom-SaUran LLP was recognised as the best innovation proposal creating an economic effect for 2020.

The proposal on “Method of sampling of Natural Uranium Chemical Concentrate (NUCC) with TUK- 118 and a cover-template for its implementation” by Semizbay-U LLP was recognised as the best innovation proposal creating a social or other effect.

The proposal on “The use of nitric acid leachate in the process of enrichment and washing of fluorine concentrate Ermakov deposit” by Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC was recognised as the best innovation proposal within the framework of the Green Mindset – Green Thinking initiative in 2020.

The proposal on “Application of video surveillance cameras for visual inspection of the inside of the lining and the condition of walking hearth furnace heaters” by UMP JSC was recognised as the best digital solution in production for 2020.

Semizbay-U LLP was recognised as the most innovative enterprise based on the contest results.

All winners were awarded diplomas and certificates, and the best innovators were awarded badges of merit.


Pursuing a new approach to R&D management, the Group will take the following actions in 2022:

In addition, we are set to launch “I have an Idea” Idea Management System.

In addition, Kazatomprom will work to improve the scientific competencies of subsidiaries and affiliates' employees involved in R&D. This will contribute to the improvement of the quality of R&D as part of the implementation of R&D licence terms and conditions.