Charitable Activities and Volunteer Programmes
Gazprom Neft’s approaches to organising charitable activities are determined by the Policy of Charitable Activities and the corporate standard Charity Support Procedures.
In 2013, the Company adopted a Charity Concept aimed at enhancing the efficiency of charity programmes in its regions of operation. The Concept divides the charity activities into four groups: targeted corporate charity, give-and-take fund, corporate volunteering, and social initiatives grants competitions. All charity projects are implemented in accordance with the key segments of the Home Towns programme.
As part of its targeted corporate charity activities, the Company provides assistance to non-profit public organisations, charity funds, research, cultural, educational, sports and health care institutions, orphanages, and individuals. Charity funds are allocated from the Company’s budget based on the decisions of the Charity Commission.
The Gazprom Neft’s give-and-take fund is intended to provide material and organisational assistance to employees and their families in difficult situations. The Fund’s activities are based on the principle of co-financing by employees and the Company. More than 3,000 employees took part in the Give-and-Take Fund programme in the reporting year.
Blood donation and orphanage and boarding school support are key priorities for corporate volunteering. The Company has a tradition of organising Blood Donor’s Days, as well as campaigns addressing orphanages and boarding schools, such as “Letter to Santa”, “Prepare Your Child for School”, Children’s Day, “Sports Spring”. Within the framework of these campaigns, Company employees participate in the organisation and staging of sports, educational and entertainment events for orphanage residents and provide them with targeted assistance – for instance, helping them get ready for a new school year and preparing New Year gifts.
In 2013, Gazprom Neft employees took part in a new charity event, “Big School-Break”, organised by the Company together with the April Charity Fund. As part of the campaign dedicated to Teacher’s Day, Company employees organised enrichment activities for the residents of two orphanages in the Leningrad Region. The activities were based on the ages of the children. The junior group participated in game lessons, with youngsters taking part in Play Dough classes, learning to plant flowers, and so on. The older children took part in lessons and workshops designed to enhance their cognitive interest in such school subjects as physics and chemistry. The children also took part in drama classes. Professional orientation classes were arranged by the heads of Gazprom Neft business units, for senior students to help them decide on future profession. Based on the results of the 2013 campaign, it was decided to hold the Big School-Break campaign annually.
In the reporting year, Company employees took an active part in Gazprom Neft’s Year of Ecology volunteer programmes. The volunteers participated in clearing rubbish from coastal and urban territories, planting trees, and improving urban areas. The environmental flagship projects included a volunteer clean-up in Ekaterinhof Park in the City of Saint Petersburg, as well as the participation of Gazprom Neft employees in a municipal volunteer campaign – “Clean Banks for Water Bodies”, held in Tyumen.
Gazprom Neft’s contribution to community development is highly recognized in the regions. In 2013, Gazprom Neft-Khantos was honoured by the jury of the Yugra Black Gold district competition in the Most Dynamic VIC category. The enterprise was also named the silver winner in the “Social and Economic Cooperation” category among companies with more than 5 Mtpa output – and secured a Reliable Partner certificate for effective cooperation in the course of implementation of the Yugra public cultural policy.
Gazprom Neft-Orenburg was presented with a gratitude certificate by the Orenburg Region Governor for active engagement in the infrastructure development of the Novosergievsky district in 2013. In the reporting year, the Company also received numerous letters of gratitude from regional authorities, educational, cultural and sports institutions and public organisations.