Traditionally, CROC has joined the Earth Hour initiative arranged by the World Wildlife Fund on March 19, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Before the New Year, CROC experts conducted a vocational guidance and robotics training for Ladoga, the only youth sledge hockey team in Russia and Europe.
In 2015, CROC's building was ranked 4th among the greenest offices in Russia. The 'Russian Green Office' Ranking was established by GREENS eco bureau with the support of WWF Russia.
CROC has joined the waste paper collection initiative of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
CROC has completed Ecology Month by participating in Greenpeace’s new 'Live a Bright Life—Dispose Se-pa-ra-te-ly!' campaign devoted to the installation of separate waste collection bins in each yard throughout Moscow, with approximately 100 people having signed a petition.
CROC has launched a new initiative to support Greenpeace’s Green Office program, with special battery collection bins being located throughout the office. This initiative became possible when Megapolisresource was established in Chelyabinsk as Russia's first plant to recycle the most commonly used types of batteries.
At its office, CROC collected approximately 85,000 rubles during the campaign to support the ‘Small Change Changes Lives’ initiative by the Life Line fund. This money was used to pay 50% of the cost of an expensive surgery for a five-month-old girl named Lilia, who was born with congenital malformations of the heart and large vessels. Now, Lilia is recovering after a successful surgery and feels much better.
On March 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., CROC plunged into darkness, thus participating in the Earth Hour initiative for the fifth time in a row. We switched off the external illumination of the main office building and parking lot, lights in rooms and corridors, as well as a ventilation and air conditioning system.
In January, CROC arranged a guided tour for Moscow Stupeni Lyceum pupils, who gained an insight into virtual reality by getting a look and feel of the 3D cube—a unique technology which is used to create and study different objects and sites.
Recently, CROC received a letter of gratitude for its intensive support of the ‘Small Change Changes Lives’ initiative under the Life Line campaign, which aims to collect money for the medical treatment of seriously ill children. Financial support was provided by certain major companies, including CROC.
On December 14, CROC's head office hosted the ‘A Robot for Life’ championship among school pupils. CROC's partners and volunteers from participating universities helped CROC organize the competition for the second year in a row. This year, 150 children and 50 teachers took part in the championship.
In December, actors from CROC's corporate theater, created over two years ago, visited the Special Orphanage to wish children a Merry Christmas and perform the He-Cat and She-Cat play based on Sergey Mikhalkov's poem and directed by corporate theater director and actress Olga Lysak.
At the end of December, CROC completed a charity campaign called 'Very Caring Cookie,' which was conducted jointly with the House of Hope volunteer organization.
CROC recently sponsored the third All-Russian festival 'World of Your Opportunities' which was held in the city of Suzdal and brought together over 500 children from orphan asylums and low-income families.
CROC recently won the All-Russian Best Green Office Contest award. The reasons behind the decision to award CROC with this award were evident.
Special Orphanage No. 14, which is under CROC's care, has moved to a new building. We helped make such move as convenient as possible and arranged a rapid and high quality installation of 30 split systems. The children can now enjoy living in warm and comfortable rooms, regardless of coming winter.
CROC wins award for promotion of eco-awareness among employees at the All-Russian Best Green Office Contest organized by Greenpeace.
« Green Office Project affected our operations gradually. We started with mounting energy-saving lamps in the entire building and using recycled paper. Then we proceeded to sorting garbage so as not to let paper and juice boxes rot in the junkyards and to send them for recycling. Recently, we replaced paper towel boxes in WCs with ultrafast hand dryers which consume 80% less electric power than previous dryers and do their job three times quicker. By refusing to use paper towels, we save a hectare of woods annually – this is equivalent to half of the square of the Big Kremlin Park in Moscow. We receive a lot of feedback from our staff, who add value to our initiatives with their own ideas and take part in nature protection activities such as the National Movement for Restoration of Russian Woods» says Veronika Tarabà, Deputy Director General, CROC.
CROC took part in the Earth Hour event for the second year in a row.
For one hour on the last Saturday of March, the electricity was disconnected in the building of the CROC main office in Moscow: internal lighting in the office buildings and parking areas, external illumination, and central air and ventilation of the buildings.
Participation in the event is an occasion to remind ourselves and others that resources on this planet are not infinite and we must do something.
In June, CROC staff made a present to the kids of Special Orphanage ¹14, which is under CROC's care. The present was the staging of The Cockerel And The Bean play. CROC employees were in charge of everything – all dresses and scenery, screenplay and acting. After the play, the artists and the audience switched to other fun activities such as making figures out of balloons and playing soap bubble games..
On May 16-19, a traditional Paralympic Sport Festival called "Parafest" was held in Moscow with the support of CROC. Athletes from all over Russia competed in 9 sports, from powerlifting to checkers. At the end of the competitions, they met medal winners from the Paralympic Games in Sochi and received gifts from partners, including branded souvenirs from CROC.