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.
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 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.
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.
Gazprom Neft delivered 200 tonnes of its own proprietary sanitisers and antiseptics to hospitals, free of charge.
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.
#NAVAKHTE — rus. #ONSHIFT motivational campaign
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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,
- 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
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.
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.
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.