Regional policy and development of local communities
When planning and carrying out its activities, Gazprom Neft seeks to enhance the competitiveness of the regions and improve the quality of life of local communities.
In order to meet these objectives, Gazprom Neft implements a social investment programme and develops cooperation with all stakeholders. The Company contributes to regional development as an employer, taxpayer, participant in economic activities, social investor and partner of the government and society in solving priority regional tasks.
The primary document that describes the goals, objectives and procedure for interaction with the regions is the Gazprom Neft Regional Policy Concept. Its main priorities are:
- ensuring environmental safety and minimising the environmental impact;
- cooperation with the governments of the Russian regions and municipality administrations to promote the sustainable development of regions and improve the population’s quality of life;
- establishing a competitive environment for regional labour markets;
- creating favourable financial, economic and legal conditions for the activities of Gazprom Neft;
- developing cooperation with stakeholders;
- ensuring information transparency for all stakeholders.
Gazprom Neft’s activities in the regions where it operates focus on creating favourable socioeconomic conditions, improving environmental safety, minimising the manmade impact on the environment, creating a comfortable social environment for the region’s residents, including the Company’s employees and their families, and developing cooperation with stakeholders as well as information openness and transparency.
The main tools used by Gazprom Neft for its social investments are:
- agreements on cooperation with the authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and municipalities;
- its own social projects;
- targeted corporate charity;
- corporate volunteering;
- grant competitions for social initiatives among local communities and corporate volunteers;
- the discussion of topical issues concerning cooperation between the Company and the regions using international and Russian platforms.
The number of Gazprom Neft’s existing socioeconomic cooperation agreements with the regional authorities and local administrations stood at 34 in the reporting year. Projects implemented as part of such agreements included initiatives to build and repair social infrastructure and support public associations and sports clubs, among other things.
All of Gazprom Neft’s social activities are carried out within the framework of the ‘Native Towns’ social investment programme. When scaling interregional projects in a region where the Company operates, their content is determined in accordance with the needs of the local target audiences and the relevant tasks for the region’s socioeconomic development.
The ‘Native Towns’ programme encompassed 35 regions and consisted of 165 projects, 286 charitable and volunteer events and 7 grant competitions in 2016. The Company’s social investments totalled RUB 4.1 billion.
Stakeholders – local communities, employees, NGOs and the government authorities – are active partners for Gazprom Neft as the Company builds its project and programme portfolios and implements them. Such an approach promotes increased social activity and competence among local communities in solving regional development problems. The key tools in this approach are grant competitions for social initiatives, competitions for volunteer projects and launching platforms for the creation of sociocultural projects by local communities.
In 2016, grant competitions for social projects took place in six regions where the Company operates. A total of 460 applications were submitted for the competitions. The grant fund totalled RUB 24.15 million, and a total of 84 projects were implemented as a result of the competitions.
Key projects of the ‘Native Towns’ programme in 2016
- The development of the oil and gas-themed ‘Multiplying Talent’ school tournament, which aims to enhance the appeal of engineering and technical professions among school students and develop their research skills. In 2016, tournament participants included more than 1,800 people (up 50% from 2015) as the tournament received extensive media coverage and high praise from stakeholders in the regions.
- The scaling of the ‘Stenograffia’ in which street art is used for the artistic design of a monochrome urban environment. A total of 65 pieces of art were created in nine cities and villages, while master classes and subcultural events were held for local residents.
- The scaling of the ‘Do It Yourself’ project laboratory. The project involves establishing a site where local residents along with experts and representatives of the government and business develop and launch their own social initiatives for the improvement of the urban environment. The project, which was launched in Omsk in 2015, was initiated in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2016. Informal creative sites were launched as part of the laboratory in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District-Yugra for young people to realise their personal potential in accordance with the project’s goals, which are adapted to a region’s particular sociocultural objectives.
- The development of the ‘Mathematical Progression’ project, which is implemented jointly with Saint Petersburg State University. The project aims to support fundamental science, generate interest in it and attract talented students and students to this field. ‘Mathematical progression’ consists of four stages – from granting students from 23 Russians regions the opportunity to come and listen to lectures by prominent scientists to personalised awards for young scientists and support for fundamental research by Chebyshev Laboratory at Saint Petersburg State University. A system of travel grants was launched for gifted youth in 2016, allowing them to attend classes at leading mathematical schools.
- The development of the ‘Creative Practices’ programme jointly with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Saint Petersburg State University. In accordance with the best international practices for territorial development, the programme aims to solve the socioeconomic problems of the regions with the help of creative industries. Studies were conducted as part of ‘Creative Practices’ on the main problems and promising areas for the development of the creative environment in a number of regions where the Company operates in 2016, and intensive educational courses were held for local specialists and activists based on the results of the studies. The programme speakers included Russian and international experts in economics, urban studies, the media and culture.
- The Gazprom Neft Cup international children’s hockey team tournament – one of the largest children’s hockey competitions in Europe. Twenty-six teams from five countries took part in the tournament in 2015, which was attended by 32,000 spectators.
Gazprom Neft also continued investing in the development and construction of social, sports and educational infrastructure, supporting the development of professional and grassroots sports, organising festive public events in the regions where it operates, supporting cultural institutions and major cultural events at the federal and local level and providing assistance to the families of indigenous minorities of the North in 2016.
One of the key principles of the ‘Native Towns’ social investment programme is the active involvement of employees in implementing the programme. This principle is realised through the development of the ‘Personal Contribution’ corporate volunteering programme. The Gazprom Neft volunteer movement is expanding in 38 Russian cities and includes 2,856 people. In 2016, the Company’s volunteers took part in 286 events, including donor initiatives, help with socialising foster children from orphanages and boarding school graduates, the planting and landscaping of different territories, the organisation of sporting, training and entertainment events for kids from children’s institutions, aid to disabled and special needs children and more.
Gazprom Neft organises a competition of volunteer projects in an effort to encourage volunteering and develop employees’ skills in social and charitable activities. The project brings together the volunteer initiatives of all the Company’s subsidiaries into a single platform and encourages employees to independently choose specific ideas and areas for volunteering. The competition was held for the second time in 2016 and 30 projects were implemented based on its results.