The productive activity in Nesher is combined with the knowledge that the existing natural resources of humanity are limited, and as a business company, we must do all we can to take into account this limitation. These circumstances, especially in the Israeli context, led Nesher to spearhead Israeli industry in terms of resource conservation in traditional and heavy industries. Indeed, Nesher's leadership in corporate responsibility and environmental excellence in its plants has already been recognized as a name in the Israeli economy. If last year the company won the Environmental Protection Minister's award for its waste-absorbing activity as a resource for energy production at the Nesher-Ramla plant, this year the company gained platinum status from the Maala organization, which deals with the rating of Israeli companies in the field of corporate governance, environment and social responsibility.
It is important to emphasize: Our activity does not begin or end with reports and talk. The culture of activity in Nesher is based on performance research, early planning, investment in innovation and excellence in execution. Nesher invests considerable resources and aspires to always act beyond the requirements of the law, especially in those areas where the company has a significant environmental footprint. In 2015, the company invested NIS 47 million in environmental protection issues: NIS 34 million in preventing environmental hazards as a current expense in the field, and NIS 13 million in various investments, including research and development Environmental issues and to respond to the challenge of national waste. This investment is in addition to large investments from previous years, the results of which are significant in the field and which can be learned from the previous corporate responsibility reports published by Nesher.
While we understand that the future holds other significant challenges for Nesher. We do our utmost to adapt ourselves and identify these challenges ahead of time in order to develop early and effective solutions that will expand the company's mission and contribution, thereby ensuring its future. We will continue to work with uncompromising insistence on maintaining optimal environmental standards and continuous efficiency.
At any time, we are pleased to hear from you, stakeholders in Nesher - citizens, organizations, customers and suppliers, and to learn from you how to provide this information in a more useful and practical way.