Local Communities Support
Since the foundation of the company Corporate Social Responsibility has been an integral part of its activities and the basis of its philosophy. As a result, in 2008, Astarta joined the UN Global Compact and pursued an active social policy.
Astarta’s social projects are focused on:
- improvement of rural infrastructure;
- support of education and healthcare;
- development of culture and sports;
- economic and social development of communities.
Astarta supports projects with an orientation on a long-term perspective and involves different stakeholders: entrepreneurs, representatives of local authorities, the state, the public sector, youth and older people. According to Pareto Principle, the company assumes that 20% of those involved can become the driving force for the community.
Astarta quickly responds to changes and external challenges changing the main focus to the new society’s urgent needs. For example, the company assisted the communities in the fight against COVID-19 and supported the Ukrainian army and Ukrainians who suffered due to the full-scale russian invasion.
In March 2022, Astarta, together with the charitable foundation of Mr Viktor and Mrs Iryna Ivanchyk family, “Believe in Yourself”, created the humanitarian project “Common Help UA”. Dozens of international and Ukrainian companies and organizations became partners in the project.
The project team includes almost a thousand volunteers. There are eight humanitarian aid hubs and warehouses in the Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky and Poltava regions.
Thanks to the joint efforts of all project participants, we have already delivered 28kt of humanitarian aid. More than 716k evacuees and residents of hot spots and 407 social and medical institutions of Ukraine received our support. Today, the estimated monetary value of the project’s charitable contributions and humanitarian aid exceeds USD18m.
We focus our efforts on:
- supporting local communities affected by russia’s military aggression in Ukraine;
- helping evacuees from the hot spots of Ukraine;
- helping people with disabilities who need assistance;
- supporting the development of small and medium-sized businesses in local communities.
From the onset of the full-scale russian military aggression against Ukraine, Common Help UA, together with Astarta and the project, participants provided military equipment, vehicles, medicines, and foodstuff for the estimated amount of UAH150m.
Our joint contribution to the Victory as of January 1, 2023 is:
- 129 units of vehicles
- 24,5 tons of fuel and lubricants;
- 10 000 doses of atropine;
- 6630 C-A-T hemostatic tourniquets;
- 2500 bulletproof vests of 4+ protection class;
- 1625 IFAK first aid kits;
- 800 unloading vests;
- 800 sets of summer military uniforms, 550 sets of winter uniforms, 600 helmets, 1000 pairs of tactical shoes, 650 pairs of tactical gloves;
- 600 hydrators;
- 189 pieces of equipment – quadcopters, printers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, video cameras, TVs, radios;
- 50 thermal imagers, monoculars, surveillance devices, binoculars;
- 5 Starlink devices;
- 33 solar charging stations;
- 30 gas masks;
- 15 generator stations and other essentials – backpacks, oxygen cylinders for divers, fabric for sewing military uniforms, food.
The “Course to Independence” project is organized thanks to the cooperation of Ukrainian business and the German development bank: Astarta-Kyiv and Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH. The implementation partners are the charitable foundation “Believe in Yourself”, the charitable organization CO “Light of Hope” and the Agency of Local Economic Development of Zelenodolsk.
The total grant fund of the program is EUR one million.
Grants of the Ukrainian-German program for the development of Ukrainian production and scaling of their business were received by 60 Ukrainian entrepreneurs.
In total, 220 applications were submitted by entrepreneurs from the communities of the Poltava, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia and Kharkiv regions of Ukraine.
The project “Brave” is organized thanks to the partnership of Ukrainian businesses: Raiffeisen Bank and Astarta-Kyiv agricultural holding. The implementation partners are the charitable foundation “Believe in Yourself” and the charitable organization “Light of Hope”.
The grant program is focused on:
– unemployed women and men aged 20-55 who have a business idea and are ready to implement it (category “Self-employment”). Preference was given to internally displaced persons, families of military personnel, people with disabilities, and women victims of domestic and gender-based violence. The grant for the category is up to UAH30k;
– women and men aged 20-55 who have experience in entrepreneurial activity (at least three months before the announcement of the competition, have a registered sole proprietorship, LLC), registered / re-registered in the territory controlled by Ukraine (“Microenterprise” category). Priority is given to micro-enterprises (sole proprietorships, LLCs) that will create additional jobs for vulnerable categories of the population, in particular for internally displaced persons, families of military personnel, people with disabilities, and women victims of domestic and gender-based violence. The grant for this catogory is up to UAH80k.
Totally 200 participants submitted their applications. The project grants were awarded to 15 participants in the Self-Employment category and 10 in the Micro-Enterprise category.
The project started in 2020 with joint efforts from Pact Ukraine, Light of Hope, Astarta and the Government of Canada. It is directed at women to stimulate their professional development and promote welfare. Four united communities took part in the namely: Globinska, Kozelshchynska, Bilytska, Shishatska and the city of Poltava. To develop business start-ups, participants of the project received 18 grants from Astarta and four from partners.
The project was fostered in 2019 in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland and consulting company Deloitte in Ukraine.
The authorities of the Volochysk Community began the transformation and development of their community in close cooperation with expert partners in the field of self-government, economic analysis and sustainable development.
During the project, a comprehensive diagnosis of the community was conducted, 40 recommendations were provided, and 11 short-term recommendations were implemented. The vision vector of the community development was prepared as a result of the hackathon, which was also organized among the citizens. Twenty-four insights and 60 ideas were identified.
Currently, the process of the development of the Community Development Strategy until 2028 and the promotion of small businesses continues. For example, the business project “Pranuka” – production of natural cosmetics and procurement of raw materials and “Eco-pig” – the family farm.
The project started in 2018 in three schools in the Khmelnytskyi region. The project aims to introduce students to modern agriculture and its professions.
The programme of the project consists of two textbooks and methodical recommendations. The students study the theory of agricultural technologies and later acquire practical skills. The students practice in the specially set greenhouses, where they grow plants independently.
Eight hundred children from 25 schools in five regions of Ukraine participated in the project. Thirty-two scientific projects were developed.
In 2020 Astarta, in partnership with the EBRD, EY and Kharkiv National Agrarian University, started a partnership project to support young specialists in receiving higher education with particular attention to practical experience. The project is aimed at creating a new bachelor’s programme paying particular attention to dual education.
The University provides the theoretical part, and the practical part is realised at Astarta’s production sites. As a result of the programme, the practical part of the bachelor’s study was increased from 5 to 14 weeks, 35 persons participated in the teaching qualification improvement, and 250 persons participated in a specially developed online training course.
“Uprise” – a project aimed at the development of leadership and project management skills
The educational project was started in partnership with the Ukrainian Academy of Leadership and the Charity Foundation “Believe in Yourself”. It aims to encourage rural youth to engage in the life of their communities using leadership skills, project thinking and experience in undertaking personal projects. Almost 700 participants took part, and more than 160 projects were designed, 53 of which were implemented.
The project was started to provide IT education to children and adults in rural areas.
The project was designed for children aged 9 to 15 years and adults aged over 40 years. The adult programme includes computer literacy education. The agenda for children includes visual programming in Scratch, designed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Robotics.
Forty-one schools from 7 regions of Ukraine took part in the project. One thousand two hundred forty-six children received training in SCRATCH programming and ROBOTECH, and 673 adults completed techno literacy course.
The School of Career Adviser is an official project for professional development by the Institute of Modernisation of Education Content of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine together with the Association of Innovative and Digital Education and the company “HR YOU”. Astarta acted as a partner.
The course programme was created based on the blended learning model and was approved by the DNU “Institute for the Modernization of the Content of Education” of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The School of Career Adviser is an official programme for professional development by the Institute of Modernisation of Education Content of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine. The programme involves school students and their parents, teachers, school psychologists, and all those who want to study the basics of career advising.
In May 2020, Astarta, together with the public organisation “International Environmental Safety”, started the online project “Eco-education in communities”. The programme is aimed at promoting environmental awareness among young people. Fifteen students aged 12-13 years participated in the programme. Experts held online webinars, sharing exciting and valuable information with young listeners and organising various activities and quizzes. The participants had practical tasks, researched the possibility of reducing the use of water and electricity, and developed recommendations for sorting domestic waste.
Each participant created a video recommendation with a call to join sustainable consumption.
In 2020, the focus of Astrata social corporate responsibility shifted to the fight against becoming one of the top priorities for the company.
For the last four years, the company invested more than UAH35m in healthcare, out of which UAH27.6m were allocated for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in 2020. Astarta kept constant contact with the medical staff in 36 hospitals in seven regions of Ukraine. The company provided support to medical institutions and equipment. The company’s prime goal is the citizens’ health in the operations areas.