Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs assigns MTS highest-possible transparency score in ESG rating

January 27, 2023
MOSCOW, Russia – Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company (“MTS” or “the Company”) (MOEX: MTSS), a leading provider of digital and media services and Russia’s largest mobile operator, announces that it is among the leaders in the “Responsibility and Openness” ESG rating published by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE). The Company’s A rating—the highest possible—confirms its commitment to the transparent and systematic disclosure of nonfinancial information. MTS was the only digital services ecosystem among the rating leaders.

The experts responsible for the rating lauded MTS for the quality, transparency and accessibility of the information the Company publishes on its sustainability efforts. The rating also noted MTS’s systematic fulfillment of its social and ESG missions: the Company publishes information about its responsible approach to the environment, the economy and society, and it is also implementing a range of ESG initiatives focused on digitalization—introducing IT services for the development of the regions where it operates. 

“MTS improved its position in the RUIE’s ‘Responsibility and Openness’ ESG rating in 2022, moving from the B+ group to the A group; this achievement is indicative of the fact that MTS is a leader when it comes to the sustainable development agenda. The rating is evidence of the Company’s mature culture of responsible business conduct, as well as the qualitatively new level that MTS has reached in terms of the management and organization of activities related to key aspects of sustainability,” said Elena Feoktistova, Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship and Chair of the RUIE’s Expert Council on Nonfinancial Reporting.

The RUIE’s ESG rating is a tool for independently assessing sustainability-related activities; it reflects the general situation in terms of the public disclosure of nonfinancial reporting on the part of the largest Russian companies. The rating is calculated based on a wide range of metrics, including ESG factors and their relationship to a company’s economic performance. As part of the study, nonfinancial reports of 118 companies were studied: the A group, with the highest rating, included 18 companies, such as Sistema, Gazprom, LSR, NLMK, Novatek, Norilsk Nickel, Severstal, SUEK and others.

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For further information, please contact in Moscow:
Investor Relations Department
Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company
Tel: +7 495 223 2025
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Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company (“MTS” – MOEX: MTSS) is Russia’s largest mobile operator and a leading provider of network-native digital services. The company offers a full range of solutions for consumers and business customers across wireless and wireline connectivity; over-the-top, linear, and satellite television; digital-first banking and financial services; as well as unified communications, cloud computing and IoT. There are more than 88 million mobile subscribers using MTS services across the company’s operations in Russia, Armenia, and Belarus, including around 80 million subscribers in Russia alone. In addition, MTS has a nationwide network of more than 5,400 owned and franchised retail outlets in Russia, and provides nearly 10 million clients with broadband, TV, and/or fixed-line telephone connectivity, over 10 million users – with OTT and pay TV services. The number of ecosystem clients exceeds 12 million and  MTS Bank client base is over 3 million. MTS is majority-owned by Sistema PJSFC, a publicly-traded Russian investment company. MTS’s shares are listed on the Moscow Exchange under the ticker MTSS. For more information, please visit the company’s Investor Relations website at
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