This long-established massorganization, the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation (hereinafter referred to as “ARSoNP”), has left its mark on the country’s history as a relevant advocacy group defending the state of the environment. It has contributed to the development of the public’s efforts to protect nature and to use its resources wisely.
ARSoNP is one of the members of theCoordination Board of Russian Civic Organizations and a member of the Round Table of Civil Organizations for Ecology. It has also founded such organizations as the Russian Green Cross, the Ecology Congress and the Russian Environmental Movement.The society is active internationally.Since 1960, it has taken part in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In 1984, the Society was awarded the Silver Medal of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Currently, ARSoNP is continuing tosuccessfully develop its relations with local committees for environmental protection, with ecology foundations, as well as with state and public entities, and local authorities. It is doing so by maintaining a regular exchange of information, by co-running various environmental events, and by funding contractual works in the sphere.
ARSoNP has its branches in allregions of the Russian Federation. Within its own structure, it comprises scientific researchers from different sectors of the economy.
Corporate Social Responsibility Programs
One of the principal objectives ARSoNPis furthering is assistance to corporations in carrying out their social responsibility projects. In this regard, the Society and its regional branches have established programs of corporate social responsibility for companies and representatives of the business community.
These programs include corporate volunteering and outside cleaning, and also the organization of workshops with employees to promote
ecologically responsible behavior such as sustainable environmental management and the conservation of resources. Within the frameworks of these programs, the roject Green Office is also carried out, involving events of public environmental control at industrial plants and beyond and a policy of information transparency for businesses.ARSoNP has begun a pilot project forthe development of corporate social responsibility for Lukoil Oil, OJSC, for the period of 2015-16.
Public Ecological Control
In order to facilitate theindependent and meaningful activity of civil activists, ARSoNP is running the All-Russian project called Public Ecological Control. Within the project, groups are being formed of people committed to realizing their potential in environmental protection. Young people, including students, middle aged people and seniors are being trained to become civil activists in order to be able to specify tasks and coordinate groups by sharing responsibility among the appointed executives. Moreover, within the framework of the project, the Society issues teaching materials to train the new groups of eco-activists systematically.
When the groups are being trained ina specific territory, the eco-activists identify the ecologically problematic areas that are to be marked on the general ecological map. This helps to organize the systematic work of volunteers and of special services, as well as that of the representatives of the business community in eliminating the problems revealed, such as unauthorized dumps, discharges from sewers into freshwater reservoirs etc. Over 80 events have taken place in the Society’s offices in Adygea, Sverdlovsk, Khabarovsk for the period of 2014 and early 2015.