SOCIAL POLICY

Gazprom Neft initiates positive social change in those locations in which it operates, supporting local communities and activists, getting involved in the ongoing social and economic development of the regions, and providing the necessary resources and expertise.

Strategic priorities and objectives

Priorities:

  • to initiate ongoing positive change in those locations in which the company operates, unleashing the potential of local communities;
  • to guarantee the ongoing development of partnerships with the regions, providing the expertise necessary to ensure sustainable environmental and social development.

A company for the regions:

  • a partner in deploying solutions and practices for a sustainable future, while promoting regional competitiveness;
  • an expert advisor on identifying local development priorities, balancing the interests of local government with the needs of local people;
  • a driver for innovative practices in production and local postindustrial development;
  • a facilitator of strategically-focussed long-term local and regional change, as initiated by local communities.

Objectives:

  • supporting local communities and initiatives by sharing and transferring skills, competencies and other supportive resources;
  • cooperating in developing residential environments — through infrastructure, environmental and social projects — in those locations in which the company operates;
  • partnering with local and municipal government and agencies to improve living standards for local people, while ensuring ongoing environmental sustainability;
  • ensuring the competitiveness of the regions through targeted support for talented professionals, ethnic minorities, and young people;
  • providing informational support for positive social change in those locations in which the company operates.

Preserving natural, ethnic and cultural diversity; partnering with local communities to promote positive change; working closely with talented young people; and promoting best practice in corporate and public responsibility — these are the foundations on which collective local social, environmental and intellectual development is predicated.

The “Home Towns” corporate social responsibility programme

This programme is directed at the ongoing improvement of living standards in those locations in which the company operates, by supporting local community initiatives while also developing the programme’s own projects. Ongoing positive change is driven by the company’s multi-level engagement in regional development — from getting involved in preparing development strategies, to taking a hand in joint tactical solutions.

Ongoing dialogue with local communities makes it possible to identify and develop those initiatives most urgently necessary in the regions, and most likely to become drivers in promoting development. Socio-cultural, environmental and infrastructure projects in the regions are implemented in the interests of current and future stakeholders, bound by a shared appreciation and mutual interests.

All key Gazprom Neft subsidiaries are involved in CSR activities.

Extensive multi-dimensional and social assessments are undertaken to fine-tune target setting in company social policy, with national and international best practice in sustainable development closely monitored.

Key areas for social investment:

  • integrated and cohesive urban transformation, while protecting the natural environment;
  • creating an environment conducive to cultural institutions, humanitarian initiatives and the creative industriesCreative industries refers to activities based on individual creativity and having the potential to add value by capitalising on intellectual property.;
  • supporting talent, and promoting science and sport among young people;
  • integrating the indigenous minorities of the Russian Far North into the modern economic landscape, while protecting their cultural identity.

Social investment tools:

  • the company’s own social projects;
  • social and economic cooperation agreements with local and regional governments and agencies;
  • grant competitions and support for local initiatives;
  • corporate volunteering.

Assessing the effectiveness of investments in regional social development:

  • marketing and sociological surveys (of selected target audiences and the general public) in those locations in which the company operates;
  • independent research into living standards in those locations in which the company operates;
  • analysis of feedback through public hearings, and engagement with local residents in discussing planned social initiatives;
  • monitoring of mid-term and final performance benchmarks and KPIs on Home Townsprogramme and standalone projects;
  • external audits by research agencies, non-profit organisations and educational institutions with successful experience in implementing CSR projects;
  • collection and analysis of feedback through Home Townsprogramme media resources.
2020 — PROGRESS AND RESULTS

The overriding priority for the company’s social investment programme in 2020 had to be helping the regions in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company implemented a range of initiatives in countering the pandemic, providing assistance to employees and partners, health professionals, medics and volunteers through its “Antivirus” programme. Scheduled Home Towns-programme projects were adjusted to reflect this change in circumstances, and were either moved online or postponed.

  • The company’s investment in ongoing social-infrastructure and regional development reached ₽6.4 billion — the ₽1.0 billion year-onyear decrease here being the result of major “offline” and international projects having to be cancelled.
  • 17 social and economic agreements were entered into with various municipalities and constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
  • A total 1,054 initiatives were submitted for grant-aided support, from six of Russia’s regions. Selection of winning projects has been postponed to 2021.
  • More than 37,000 social activists and representatives from the creative industries took part in the company’s educational, grant-aided and voluntary initiatives.
  • More than 2,500 talented schoolchildren, students and young people were able to discover their potential and investigate or undertake projects with the company’s support.
  • Swift adjustments and operational changes have allowed the company to continue supporting initiatives in developing talent, with six key projects being implemented.
Total social investment (₽ billion)
6.4 billion
total social investments
17 cooperation
agreements entered into with constituent entities and municipalities in the Russian Federation
PLANS FOR 2021
  • Research and evaluate the impact of social investments in Gazprom Neft’s key areas of operation, and update key areas for partnering with local and regional stakeholders.
  • Further enhance the сompany’s leading position in CSR, environmental education and environmental protection initiatives, and in supporting the indigenous minorities of the Russian Far North.
  • Launch a digital platform for the Home Towns programme, offering a media resource and platform to promote engagement between those leading social change in those locations in which the сompany operates.
  • Launch an updated programme for working with Home Towns Ambassadors (i.e., the most proactive partners and participants on the programme).
  • Undertake those activities confirmed in social and economic cooperation agreements with regional government. Hold at least six meetings with regional government to review implementation of these agreements, and adjust planned activities accordingly.
  • Continue developing the Russiawide “Mathematical Progression” project supporting gifted young people by opening a postgraduate course at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at St Petersburg State University.
  • Enter into at least 10 cooperation agreements with municipalities in key locations in which the сompany operates.
  • Review the outcomes of the 2020 grant-award competition and initiate a new grant-award cycle, supporting at least 100 projects
  • Increase the number of voluntary initiatives (with new formats, areas of activity and partners), supporting at least 50 initiatives involving Gazprom Neft volunteers.
  • Establish a professional martial arts team from the Storm School of Martial Arts in Omsk, giving pupils the opportunity to pursue a professional career in sport.

The сompany’s social agenda under the COVID-19 pandemic

Gazprom Neft was able to ensure the safety of its employees under the pandemic, while maintaining continuity in production and transforming its charitable and social activities in those locations in which it operates.

The сompany’s integrated Antivirus programme provided financial and material support to medical and social institutions, and to voluntary organisations. The Antivirus programme was active throughout the Omsk, Orenburg, Tomsk, Tyumen and Yaroslavl Oblasts, the Yamalo-Nenets and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrugs, St Petersburg and other cities. The programme was initiated in March 2020, reaching its peak in April—June of that year.

Gazprom Neft for Volunteers

Volunteers delivered food and medicine to the elderly, people with limited mobility, and health workers and their families.

At Gazprom Neft’s initiative more than 1,600 free fuel cards were distributed to volunteers on the Russia-wide #WeTogether mutual-aid campaign, with volunteers delivering food and medicines to pensioners, working in hospitals, and helping the disabled, low-income families and people living alone.

The company donated fuel cards to voluntary organisations, allowing free refills throughout the Gazprom Neft filling station network across 47 of Russia’s regions
Gazprom Neft supported participants on the #WeTogether programme throughout 34 regions, providing free fuel for volunteers, delivering food and medicines to pensioners, working in hospitals, or helping low-income families and people living alone

Gazprom Neft for Medics

Procurement of PPE for medical staff

Gazprom Neft funded the procurement of more than three million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), which were then donated to doctors in the Omsk, Orenburg, Tomsk and Yaroslavl Oblasts, the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs, Moscow and St Petersburg.

Medical equipment and medicines delivered to local hospitals

Swiss-manufactured ventilators, and 15 different kinds of medication, were delivered to local hospitals in St Petersburg, Omsk and Novy Urengoy.

Free refuelling of doctors’ cars in Omsk

Doctors in the Omsk Oblast, and medics at the Moscow City Clinical Hospital in Kommunarka (Hospital No. 40), had their cars refilled for free courtesy of Gazprom Neft, as did visiting teams of anaesthesiologists and intensive care specialists.

Free vehicle servicing

One thousand ambulances and emergency services vehicles, across 29 of Russia’s regions and the Republic of Kazakhstan, received free oil changes at G-Energy Service Stations.

Sanitiser production

Gazprom Neft delivered 200 tonnes of its own proprietary sanitisers and antiseptics to hospitals, free of charge.

Free coffee

Thanks to a promotion through the Gazprom Neft filling station network, more than 370,000 free cups of coffee helped sustain medics and emergency services workers throughout the pandemic.

Gazprom Neft’s “Antivirus” programme covered more than half of Russia’s regions. The most difficult period — at the start of the pandemic — saw us swiftly putting in place a system for distributing free PPE, medicines, medical equipment and sanitisers to local hospitals. In doing so we not only minimised the risk of infection for more than 75,000 company employees and partners, but were also able to support doctors — the real heroes in battling the pandemic — when they needed us most. Thanks to their professionalism and dedication the COVID-19 situation is gradually stabilising and we are, step by step, returning to normal life.
ALEXANDER DYBAL Member of the Management Board and Deputy CEO for Corporate Communications, Gazprom Neft PJSC

Voluntary and charitable activities by Gazprom Neft employees

Gazprom Neft senior management — as well as subsidiary heads and other employees — got personally involved in a charitable initiative to donate funds to help doctors and patients at children’s cancer hospitals — which were particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. More than 644,000 masks, respirators, hazmat suits, goggles, visors and sanitisers were delivered to medical facilities in Nizhnevartovsk, Omsk, St Petersburg, Tomsk and Tyumen. Medical equipment was purchased — at Gazprom Neft managers’ own cost — through the Home Towns programme and delivered to medical institutions in need of help. 40 Gazprom Neft executives were involved in this campaign.

40 personal donations
from the company’s senior management
644 +
pieces of PPE delivered to medical facilities

#NAVAKHTE — rus. #ONSHIFT motivational campaign

#НАВАХТЕ

The first wave of the pandemic saw Gazprom Neft launch a campaign to support those employees responsible for ensuring continuity of production.

It was for precisely these people that more than 400 employees, across different regions and countries, came together to say “Thank you for being #NAVAKHTE — rus. #ONDUTY!”, and to whom dozens of wellknown media personalities — sports stars, film actors, musicians and famous scientists — made clear their appreciation of those working selflessly in the production and refining industries. Video tributes from Home Towns programme volunteers and ambassadors too found a special place reserved for them on this initiative.

1.5 million video views
15 regions,
32 businesses involved

Gazprom Neft’s social projects

2020 saw most of the company’s long-term CSR projects being swiftly reformatted and moved online — without any loss in quality or content — while most effort was redirected to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mathematical Progression”

The “Mathematical Progression” integrated support programme is a joint initiative managed by the company in partnership with the Chebyshev Mathematical Laboratory at St Petersburg State University. Gifted children from across the entire country are given the opportunity to study at the university, with the best students being awarded personal scholarships, young academics given grants and internships, and academic teams receiving research funding. On that basis the company is helping to develop the sort of scientific continuity without which the core sciences — and the innovations in production that arise from this — would not be possible.

103 personal scholarships (to 99 students and four academics) were awarded under this programme in 2020.

“Mastera (Makers)”

This project, on supporting and researching the creative industries, involves holding a series of investigations (research projects), forums, and intensive training — as well as maintaining an online educational platform, “Mastera”.

2020 saw four remote Mastera “camps”, as well as the launch of a special project, #SupportLocal, which involved highlighting initiatives by local businesses. A research study, “What Creative Entrepreneurs Live For”, was undertaken on the creative environment in Siberian cities — this being the first ever systematic analysis of the current state of (and potential for) creative industries in those locations in which the company operates.

The “Multiplying Talents” school

Based solely on real-world cases, this intellectual tournament for high school students has been running since 2015.

Competitors are charged with solving actual production challenges in oil and gas, specially adapted for the tournament. 71 high school students, from those locations in which Gazprom Neft operates, took part in the tournament final in 2020 (held at the Sirius Educational Centre in Sochi), tasked with solving challenges based around digitisation in the oil and gas industry

2,500 participants have registered for the next tournament, scheduled for 2021.

The Alexander Shlemenko Storm MMA (mixed martial arts) School

This mixed martial arts school, founded in Omsk by one of Russia’s most successful MMA athletes with the company’s support, has celebrated its fifth anniversary. Public training facilities are already in place at the school, and in 2020 it was decided to create a professional team — Storm — through the academy. On which basis, the Company is facilitating the development of sports centres in the regions, is popularising grassroots sport and, at the same time, is opening up opportunities for young people to pursue a career in sport.

Narwhal

A research initiative by Gazprom Neft had previously been directed at studying the narwhal (included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ and the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation) and developing a programme to protect this endangered species. The 2020 pandemic, however, meant this project became more focussed on awareness raising and education. The outcomes of the project’s first research expedition were categorised and systemised, while publication of the first professional photographs of the narwhal in the Russian Arctic (presented at the “The Arctic — Present and Future” forum at the “Primordial Russia” festival) drew considerable media attention to the project. The second research expedition on this project is scheduled for summer 2021.

The “Spirit of Fire”

Supported by Gazprom Neft, the “Spirit of Fire” international cinematography festival for first-time filmmakers has been held in Khanty-Mansiysk for more than 15 years, becoming a fixture in the region’s cultural landscape and attended by participants from all over Russia, and abroad. 2020 saw film director Sergei Solovyov, President of the festival and the original mastermind behind it, once again inviting a plethora of famous Russian film actors to the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra’s capital city.

Corporate volunteering

Corporate volunteering has been an integral part of Gazprom Neft’s culture — and formed a significant part of its social investments — for more than 10 years. Almost 6,000 employees have taken part in more than 2,000 voluntary initiatives since 2008, with such voluntary initiatives covering more than 36 cities, towns and population centres.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has meant most voluntary initiatives have had to be temporarily put on hold, the company has, nonetheless, supported participants on the Russia-wide #WeTogether voluntary movement in fighting the pandemic, providing free fuel refills at Gazprom Neft filling stations for volunteers using their own vehicles to deliver food and medicines to those in need.

Several joint initiatives were organised in conjunction with the “Anton Tut Ryadom (Anton’s Right Here)” centre in St Petersburg in 2020.

Corporate volunteering in numbers

The Gazprom Neft grant-award competition

This key tool in supporting initiatives by local residents and communities, government-funded institutions and NGOs throughout Russia’s regions has facilitated the implementation of almost 620 projects over the past seven years. The core objective of the Gazprom Neft grant-award competition is to give local leaders the tools they need to carry out their ideas to facilitate positive social change.

A total 1,054 initiatives were submitted to the competition in 2020. Due to the pandemic, winners will be decided in 2021. A series of seven training videos on designing and managing social projects was produced during the lockdown, and nine training seminars and 24 orientation meetings held at youth centres and universities.

Social and economic agreements with regional governments

The сompany is making a significant contribution to regional development as a social investor and as an initiator of and participant in various environmental initiatives. By entering into social and economic agreements with constituent entities and municipalities of the Russian Federation, Gazprom Neft is developing the infrastructure necessary to improving living standards throughout Russia’s regions.

17 social and economic cooperation agreements have been signed with constituent entities and municipalities throughout the Russian Federation.

Agreements signed with regional governments include:

  • a Cooperation Agreement signed with the Orenburg Oblast, 2020–2022;
  • a Cooperation Agreement signed with the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 2021-2025.

Agreements have been signed with the following municipal administrations:

  • in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug: the Krasnoselkupsky and Yamalsky districts;
  • in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra: the Oktyabrsky, Nizhnevartovsky, Surgutsky, Khanty-Mansiysky, and Kondinsky districts;
  • n the Omsk Oblast: the Tarskiy district;
  • in the Orenburg Oblast: the city of Orenburg, and the Novosergievsky, Orenburgsky and Pervolotsky districts;
  • in the Tomsk Oblast: the Kargasoksky and Parabelsky districts;
  • in the Tyumen Oblast: the Uvatsky district.

Gazprom Neft’s social investments under social and economic agreements reached ₽1.59 billion in 2020.

Gazprom Neft is developing effective transport-infrastructure solutions facilitating the construction of high-quality, durable roads. Under agreements with regional governments the company is supplying innovative bitumen materials specifically developed for each individual region, in line with its local climate.

Ten new regions — from the Volga (Astrakhan Oblast) to the River Lena (Sakha Republic (Yakutia) — joined this programme in 2020.

Supporting the indigenous minorities of the Russian Far North

An important element in the company’s social policy concerns engaging with the indigenous minorities of the Russian Far NorthGazprom Neft PJSC subsidiaries Gazprom Neft-NNG, Gazprom Neft-Yamal LLC, Gazprom Neft-Khantos LLC, GPN-Razvitiye LLC, Gazprom Neft-Zapolyarye LLC, JSC Messoyakhaneftegaz ( JV), the Bazhenov Technology Centre LLC, Gazprom Neft-Palyan LLC operating in indigenous peoples’ traditional lands.. When operating in indigenous peoples’ traditional lands Gazprom Neft — consistent with United Nations recommendations — makes sure that these people have equal access to today’s opportunities, while, at the same time, encouraging and supporting the preservation of their ethnic culture. Production activities are undertaken with full respect for indigenous peoples’ traditional way of life, and in line with immediate environmental issues.

Gazprom Neft’s social projects abroad

The company operates special social policies in those countries in which it is a major foreign investor, helping to develop infrastructure, education, medicine, culture, arts and sports.

Serbia

Work on local community development is at the heart of NIS’ CSR programme. Community development projects are grouped together under the company’s “Together for the Community” programme.

The company invests in building parks and playgrounds for children, in renovating kindergartens and schools, in providing equipment for maternity hospitals, and in developing education, culture, sports and the arts.

Iraq

Gazprom Neft’s social and environmental projects in Iraq are undertaken in close cooperation with local government. Village leadership (anjumans), local mayors, province governors, and representatives from specific ministries are all consulted on the development of priority projects.

The main means of engaging with local government agencies on social, economic and environmental issues is through public—private partnerships.