Gazprom Neft drives positive social change across its footprint by supporting local communities and activists, contributing to holistic social and economic development in its regions and providing the necessary resources and expertise.
Gazprom Neft is a responsible corporate citizen. We bolster the competitiveness of our operating regions by sharing our competencies, experience and expertise to drive real change and guarantee a sustainable future through diversified regional development.
Gazprom Neft’s social policy is centred around partnerships and strategic support for regional initiatives, which receive the necessary impetus and prominence from the company.
The co-evolution of the social, ecological and intellectual environments out in the Russian regions is underpinned by continued natural, ethnic and cultural diversity, positive-change-driving partnerships with communities, targeted engagements with young talent and promoting best corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices.
Home Towns social investment programme
The programme provides consistent improvements to the quality of life across Gazprom Neft’s operating regions by supporting local community initiatives and developing corporate projects. Positive changes are driven by the company’s multi-level involvement in regional development, from participation in building development strategies to actioning joint tactical solutions. Home Towns’ social activities involve Gazprom Neft’s major subsidiaries.
The company conducts comprehensive territorial and sociological surveys and monitors global and national best practices in sustainability to align the targets of its social policy.
Our well-established dialogue with local communities helps identify and foster initiatives that can quickly gain traction out in the regions and can become their growth drivers. Regional sociocultural, environmental and infrastructure projects target existing and potential stakeholders, and have a common logic and a compounding effect on each other.
The programme was refocused on meeting regional needs in fighting COVID-19. The company implemented a range of measures to combat the pandemic by providing assistance to its employees and partners, healthcare professionals and volunteers.
Gazprom Neft’s social projects in 2020
The programme’s core focus shifted to combatting COVID-19, so most of the company’s long-term social projects in 2020 were promptly reformatted and moved online – without compromising on content quality.
This company programme, which provides comprehensive support for mathematically gifted young people, is run in partnership with the Chebyshev Laboratory at Saint Petersburg State University. Talented high-school students from all over the country have the opportunity to study at the university; the top achievers are awarded individual scholarships, young researchers receive grants and internships, and research teams are allocated funding. The company contributes to fostering scientific continuity, which is vital for the longevity of fundamental science and encouraging industrial innovation.
A total of 103 individual scholarships were awarded. The results were announced during an online awards ceremony.
This project supports and spreads awareness of creative industries through a series of studies, forums, crash courses and the Mastera online training platform.
2020 saw four remote Mastera camps and the launch of a special #SupportLocal project to promote local business. In 2020, the “What Makes Creative Entrepreneurs Tick?” study of creative environments in Siberian cities was carried out. It was the first systematic analysis of the status and potential of creative industries across the company’s footprint.
A tournament for high-school students to pit their wits against each other based on real-world cases. A total of 71 high-school students from across Gazprom Neft’s footprint competed in solving oil and gas digitalisation challenges at the tournament’s finals, held in Sochi in 2020.
Alexander Shlemenko’s Storm Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) School
Founded with the company’s support by Alexander Shlemenko, one of the most successful Russian MMA fighters, this Omsk-based martial arts school celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2020. The school has already set up publicly-available outdoor practice facilities. The school decided to form a professional Storm team in 2020. This is just one example of how the company is able to develop sports centres that promote amateur sports out in the Russian regions while unlocking professional opportunities.
“Narwhal: Legend of the Arctic”
This Gazprom Neft research project aims to study and build a programme to protect narwhals, which are an endangered species according to both the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the Russian Red Data Book.
In 2020, due to the pandemic, the project’s focus shifted towards spreading awareness and education, while the results of the first research expedition were sifted through. The presentation of the first professional photographs of the narwhal in the Russian Arctic has attracted much attention to the project in the media, at the Pristine Russia festival and the “Arctic: Today and the Future” forum. The project’s second research expedition will take place in summer 2021.
Spirit of Fire
Supported by Gazprom Neft, this international festival of cinematographic debuts has been held in Khanty-Mansiysk for over 15 years and has become part of the regional cultural landscape. Festival participants come from all over Russia and from abroad. Film director Sergei Solovyov, the President and initiator of the festival, once again invited a line-up of famous Russian actors and actresses to the capital of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug–Yugra in 2020.
The annual reading recital for children is a highlight of the festival’s programme. Natalya Komarova, Governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug–Yugra, supported readers from two operating regions of the company in 2020. She recorded a welcome video, personally demonstrating her superior reading skills.
Volunteering has been an integral part of Gazprom Neft’s corporate culture and a significant element of its social investments for more than 10 years. Almost 6,000 employees have taken part in over 2,000 volunteer initiatives.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most volunteer projects had to be temporarily put on hold. Nonetheless, the company supported participants of the #AllInThisTogether nationwide volunteer campaign, which focused on providing support in the fight against the pandemic. Volunteers who drove food and medicines to disadvantaged people could have their personal vehicles filled up at Gazprom Neft filling stations free of charge.
With close to 620 projects implemented over the past seven years, the grant competition is a key tool to support initiatives of local residents, communities, government-funded institutions and non-profit organisations out in the Russian regions. Its key mission is to give local leaders the tools they need to implement their ideas for positive social change. In total, 1,054 initiatives were submitted for the competition in 2020; however, due to the pandemic, the winners will be chosen in 2021.A series of seven training videos on social engineering were filmed during the pandemic. Nine training workshops and 24 kick-off meetings were held at youth centres and universities.
In 2020, large-scale international social projects were postponed due to restrictions on movement between countries.
The company makes a significant contribution to regional development as a social investor, initiator and participant in environmental initiatives. Gazprom Neft is developing life-changing infrastructure out in these regions through social and economic agreements with local administrations. The resulting positive changes range from the construction of new cultural and sports centres to the design of educational and outreach programmes to unlock the potential of every participant.
Gazprom Neft is developing effective solutions for transport infrastructure to enable the construction of high-quality, long-lasting roads. Under agreements with local governments, the company is supplying innovative bitumen materials, tailored to the individual climate of each territory.
In 2020, 10 new regions spanning from the Volga (Astrakhan Oblast) to the Lena River (Republic of Yakutia (Sakha)) signed up to the programme.
Supporting local communities
Engaging with the indigenous peoples of the North is an important element of the company’s social policy.Gazprom Neft subsidiaries Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz, Gazpromneft-Yamal, Gazpromneft-Khantos, Gazprom Neft Development, Gazpromneft-Zapolyarye, Messoyakhaneftegaz, the Bazhenov Technology Centre and Gazpromneft-Palyan. In its indigenous territory operations, Gazprom Neft complies with UN recommendations and provides indigenous minorities with equal access to the opportunities of today, while encouraging them to preserve their ethnic traditions. The company factors the historical way of life of indigenous peoples into its operations and accounts for ongoing environmental protection objectives.
In 2020, the company provided comprehensive support for indigenous minorities in the fight against COVID-19. Medical care was provided at dedicated medical aid posts across the company’s fields, with air transport deployed in medical emergencies. When requested, food, fuel and building materials were promptly delivered, with all-terrain vehicles provided when necessary.
Social policies in regions of operation outside Russia
Gazprom Neft tailors its social policy to countries where it is a major foreign investor. The company’s involvement facilitates the development of infrastructure, education, healthcare, culture, arts and sports, all of which reinforces its strong reputation as a responsible foreign investor and a leader in social investment in both Serbia and the Republic of Iraq’s oil producing regions.
NIS, part of Gazprom Neft, is the major source of revenue for the Serbian government and a reliable social investor. In 2020, it topped the TalentX list of the best employers in Serbia.
At the height of the pandemic, Gazprom Neft donated almost 300,000 tonnes of fuel to Serbia’s public services, as well as for air freight of medical equipment to Serbia and repatriation flights for Serbian citizens.
Along with crisis-response measures, the company continued its regional development initiatives in the country. The Together for the Community competition named 72 winning projects from local municipalities. Two memoranda of cooperation were signed with the University of Belgrade and the University of Novi Sad, reflecting our ongoing effort to support talent.
Gazprom Neft’s social and environmental projects in Iraq are implemented jointly with local authorities via public-private partnerships. The company’s social policy has historically been focused on training local professionals, fostering education and developing healthcare and a power supply in the region.
In 2020, Gazprom Neft helped to outfit two municipal hospitals in Kifri and Kellar in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with all medical equipment necessary. The Green Teams environmental initiative included a range of outreach and hands-on measures to protect the environment, including plastic litter picks at fields and along roads.
Participants of the Gazprom Neft Middle East scholarship programme eventually returned home and successfully secured employment in their home countries. In total, 19 talented Kurdish school leavers earned diplomas from leading Russian universities.