Russian steelmaker NLMK Group has won a Silver award at the international Step Two Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards 2019.

The company won the award for the launch of its Intranet portal which extends to all employees, promotes automation of business processes and enhances personnel engagement.

NLMK won the award because it managed to reduce the digital divide between office and production staff. Before the launch of the new Bitrix24-powered corporate portal in 2018, only those employees who had a computer could access the Intranet.

According to NLMK, adaptive design means that portal services are accessible 24/7 and not only via computers, but also via personal mobile devices. New users are authorised by SMS.

All employees of NLMK Group's Russian companies can use online HR services, learn news, exchange ideas, knowledge and professional experience in their corporate social network. Today 90% of the company's employees use the Intranet regularly.

The awards' jury believes that NLMK's experience of extending its social intranet to frontline staff may be of good use to many other global industries.

• The Step Two Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards are aimed at uncovering the best companies with expertise in establishing digital processes. The awards’ jury consists of international intranet and digital technologies experts. Now in its 13th year, this year's Awards handed out 136 trophies to winners from 16 countries.

The awards ceremony will takes place next week in London on Monday 17 June 2019.