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EMC Russia CoE gets top award for Corporate Social Responsibility

At the Annual Meeting of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia on April 2, EMC Russia Center of Excellence (CoE) captured first prize in Corporate Social Responsibility for demonstrating “outstanding dedication to the highest standards in improving the social and educational environment."

Marina Lesnykh, Marketing Program Manager, receives the Corporate Social Responsibility award on behalf of the EMC Russia CoE.

About 200 top executives of the Chamber’s member companies, regional government officials, and diplomats participated in the Annual Meeting, which reviewed the Chapter’s results in 2012 and also bestowed awards to the top nominees in the Investor of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Significant Achievement of the Year award categories.

"We are very pleased to get this valuable award and recognition of our efforts,” says Inga Petryaevskaya, New Business Development Manager, Russia CoE. “We contributed many resources—the time spent by our employees and management, and the energy and funding to support this change for the better. Last year we executed on several programs including grants for research at universities, scholarships for talented students, training and hiring of interns, and sponsoring of numerous events and conferences aimed at educating students and professors on modern technologies and industry trends. And last but certainly not least is our donation to orphanages. All of these activities require dedication and passion to be a socially responsible company. I would like to thank every employee at the EMC St. Petersburg development center for their contributions and support."

Slava Nesterov, General Manager, Russia CoE, adds, "This is a well deserved award for us, since last year we were more active than ever in supporting our corporate responsibility programs. And even more rewarding is the fact that this high recognition comes from our business community. The contributions from our Schools & Academia and Community Involvement programs as well as our support of science development, education, and quality of life are also very significant, so we will keep working and expanding on these initiatives."

AmCham in St. Petersburg, Russia

The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Russia is a high-impact player in the policymaking arenas of both the U.S. and Russian governments, endorsing solutions to trade and investment issues that protect and benefit the interests of more than 800 U.S., international, and Russian member companies. The companies belonging to the St. Petersburg Chapter represent 21 countries on three continents.

Now in its 15th year of operation, the St. Petersburg Chapter has evolved into the largest and most influential foreign business organization in Northwest Russia. AmCham St. Petersburg continues to move business forward in the region and deliver measurable returns on membership fee investments by seeking to remove barriers to normal business operations and effectively advocating the interests of transparent and responsible companies. The well-regarded reputation, credibility, and influence of AmCham’s Moscow headquarters provide a unique resource for the St. Petersburg Chapter and its members to address issues on both federal and regional levels.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia's Annual Meeting was held at the Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg and led by its President and CEO Andrew Somers. Special guests included Dmitry Yalov, Vice-Governor of Leningrad Oblast; Maxim Meyksin, Chairman of the St. Petersburg Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovation; and Alexey Belous, Deputy Chairman of the Leningrad Oblast Legislative Assembly.

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