Pursuant to GRI guideline in version G4, reporting is particularly focused on the issues that are the most important for the company and its stakeholders and have been determined in the process of assessing importance.

GRI index of contents

Specific standard disclosures


Aspect: Economic Performance

G4-EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed

G4-EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization’s activities due to climate change

G4-EC3 Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations - Pension benefits for the employees of the Group are provided within the frames of the national mandatory pension insurance system.

G4-EC4 Financial assistance received from government - Within the reporting period, the Group received a one-time subsidy via the Archimedes Structural Support Agency. The project of VKG Energia OÜ projekt 'The Development and Implementation of the Methods of Enhancing Complex Optimization of the Functioning of the Thermal Power Plant and the Electrical System, and Security of Supply'.

Aspect: Market Presence

G4-EC5 Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation - the area of operation of Viru Keemia Grupp is Ida-Virumaa. The minimum gross salary rate established by law was 500 EUR per month.

G4-EC6 Proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation – Not applicable

Aspect: Biodiversity

G4-EN11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas – Not applicable

G4-EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas – Not applicable

G4-EN13 Habitats protected or restored – The research and monitoring of the area of Ojamaa mine had started even before the mine was opened. Since 2004, the monitoring of surface water has been carried out, while the monitoring of ground water has been going on since 2005. In addition to that, since 2007, the population of wood grouse on the territory adjacent to the mine has been monitored, and since 2015, the condition of Muraka bog has also been observed.

G4-EN14 Total number of iucn red list species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk:

  • Animal species of the I category of protection: Flying squirrel Pteromys volans, Sonda extraction field (at present, the company is not operating in this area, i.e. there is no impact)
  • Vertebrate animals of the II category of protection: Wood grouse Tetrao urogallus, Ojamaa extraction field (protection zone has been established in its habitat, numeration monitoring has been held)

Aspect: Effluents and Waste

G4-EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination

G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method

G4-EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills – Not applicable

G4-EN25 Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the basel convention 2 annex i, ii, iii, and viii, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally – Not applicable

Aspect: Compliance

G4-EN29 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. - None


Aspect: Non-discrimination

G4-HR3 - Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken – None registered

Aspect: Forced or Compulsory Labor

G4-HR6 - Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor – None registered

Aspect: Anti-corruption

G4-SO5 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken. – Non registered

Aspect: Public Policy

G4-SO6 Total value of political contributions by country and recipient/beneficiary – Not applicable

Aspect: Anti-competitive Behavior

G4-SO7 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes – Not applicable

Aspect: Compliance

G4-SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations – Not applicable

Product responsibility

Aspect: Customer Health and Safety

G4-PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes – Not applicable

Aspect: Product and Service Labeling

G4-PR3 Type of product and service information required by the organization’s procedures for product and service information and labeling, and percentage of significant product and service categories subject to such information requirements

G4-PR4 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling, by type of outcomes – Not applicable

Aspect: Marketing Communications

G4-PR6 Sale of banned or disputed products – Not applicable

G4-PR7 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, by type of outcomes – Not applicable

Aspect: Customer Privacy

G4-PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data – Not applicable

Aspect: Compliance

G4-PR9 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services – Not applicable

Definitions and approximations of key terms

Viru Keemia Grupp

million euros

thousand euros

heat and power plant

tonne of fuel equivalent (indicator for expressing any gaseous or solid fuels as tonnes)

European Union

Global reporting initiative

Participation in unions

VKG's and its subsidiary companies' participation in unions sas of spring 2019

Responsible Business Forum
Viru Keemia Grupp AS – Irina Bojenko

Estonian Union of Chemical Industry
Meelis Eldermann - the Chairman of the Management Board of the Union

Estonian Association of Engineers (EIL)
Meelis Eldermann

Responsible Care
(Erika Sulg) Triin Anier

Estonian Public Relations Association (EPRA)
Viru Keemia Grupp AS
VKG represented by Irina Bojenko

UN Nations Global Compact
Viru Keemia Grupp AS
VKG represented by Irina Bojenko

Global Reporting Initiative
Viru Keemia Grupp AS
VKG represented by Irina Bojenko

Estonian Electronics Industries Association (ETL)
VKG Energia OÜ
Marek Tull
Ahti Asmann – Board Member

Estonian Power and Heat Association (EJKÜ)
Marek Tull - Board Member
VKG Energia OÜ
VKG Elektrivõrgud OÜ
VKG Soojus AS

EJKÜ's Council of Electricity Companies
Marek Tull - Chairman of the Council

Elering's Electricity Market Advisory Committee
Marek Tull, Andres Labi

Elering's Power Network Development Advisory Board
Marek Tull

Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Viru Keemia Grupp AS

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Estonia)
VKG Oil AS (Priit Pärn)

Crisis management committees of Sillamäe and Narva
VKG Elektrivõrgud OÜ – Erik Raal

Balance manager at Nord Pool Scener OÜ, the power exchange in the Nordic countries
Scener OÜ bilansihaldur
VKG Energia OÜ

Estonian Association of Electrical Enterprises (EETEL)
Viru RMT

NGO Estonian Mining Society
Viru Keemia Grupp AS
Margus Kottise
Margus Loko - Member of the Management

Estonian Association of Mining Enterprises (EMTEL)
Erik Mõttus representing VKG Kaevandused OÜ

Estonian Taxpayers Union
VKG Soojus

Energy Council of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Ahti Asmann

Technical committee of oil shale industry standardisation - Oil Shale Competence Center
Meelis Eldermann

KKM – Work group for studying the best available technology (BAT) of the energetic use of Estonian oil shale
Erika Sulg substitute Marti Viirmäe

Estonian Centre for Standardisation, expert work group
Marti Viirmäe

Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Center, professional committee
Tea Allikmäe

Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Centre's Council of Advisers
Tea Allikmäe, in the Council of Advisers as the representative of The Estonian Chemical Industry Association

Jõhvi Gymnasium's Board of Trustees
Tea Allikmäe, the representative of the Viru Keemia Grupp AS as the partner