Policy & Management

The Company’s key priorities in the area of corporate social responsibility include occupational health and safety enhancement and the reduction of environmental impacts. The Company aims to continuously improve its HSE activities in accordance with global best practices and its own innovative developments.

In managing occupational risks related to impacts on employees' life and health, equipment, property, and the environment, the Company follows the principle: ‘No economic, technical or other considerations shall be taken into account at the expense of the safety of workers, the general community, or the environment.’

Gazprom Neft operates in accordance with the national policy requirements for health, safety, environment, and social protection (HSE and social protection), as well as with corporate and international standards.

The Company has a corporate Health, Safety, Environment, and Social Protection Policy (The HSE and Social Protection Policy). The Policy is pivotal to performance and improvement of the HSE and social protection management system that complies with OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004 international standards and covers all Gazprom Neft production facilities.

The Company has developed and is successfully applying an integrated indicator based on key HSE and social protection rates: accident and injury rates, as well as progress in implementing injury prevention, fire safety, transportation, environmental and social protection programmes by subsidiaries and affiliates. The measurement results are taken into account when reviewing the annual performance of the Company’s subsidiaries.

Cooperation with contractors on this subject is considered to be an important part of the Company’s HSE and social protection management system. According to the ‘Procedure for managing contractors and cooperative arrangements in the field of industrial, environmental and occupational safety, and social protection,’ compliance of contractors with the HSE and social protection requirements is an important pre-qualification criterion. All contractors who provide services to the Company sign an agreement on HSE and social protection that stipulates mandatory compliance with the Company's HSE standards.

The HSE and social protection activities are integrated into the Company’s system of business planning and coordinated by the Occupational Safety Department at the Corporate Centre level.

In 2013, the Company’s HSE and social protection service was reorganised to meet Gazprom Neft’s commitment to advanced management patterns. The new management structure provided the Occupational Safety Department with responsibility for determining the Company’s safety policy, strategy, goals, and development priorities, as well as exercising control and interacting with third parties in this area in general. Conducting operational procedures and interacting with subsidiaries and affiliates to ensure efficient HSE and social protection activities is the responsibility of the EPS and LRSS.

In the reporting year, scheduled work continued towards establishing an integrated HSE and social protection system and improving its efficiency. Enhancement of the system, development of programmes and projects on the basis of current situation analysis and subject to assessment of their efficiency were the main objectives towards this goal. In 2013, the practice of auditing HSE and social protection management systems at subsidiaries continued. Two audit checks of management systems (Omsk Lubricant Plant branch of LLC Gazprom Neft – Lubricants and LLC Gazprom Neft Asia) and two enhanced technical audits (OJSC Gazprom Neft-NNG, CJSC Gazprom Neft-Terminal) were conducted.

In 2013, Gazprom Neft updated the corporate standard ‘Company and Subsidiary Fire Safety Procedure’ and introduced a three-level Fire Safety Management System. This system is aimed at creating the conditions to ensure efficient fire prevention and control, employee health and survival and security of the Company’s property, as well as making the Company and its subsidiaries capable of responding to, and dealing with, fires in a prompt and efficient manner.

In December 2013, the Industrial Safety Department of Gazprom Neft held an international workshop ‘Industrial Safety Risk Assessment: Practice, Experience and Tools. Achievements and Challenges.’ The workshop was attended by representatives of federal executive bodies, international oil companies and expert organizations. The workshop considered OHS risk management experience of oil companies, risk identification methods, qualitative and quantitative risk assessment and manageability. The participants considered risk modelling when implementing oil and gas projects, including assessment of technical and environmental risks in the offshore oil and gas production. The workshop attendees also discussed the corporate standard ‘Procedure for HSE and social protection risk identification, assessment and minimization’ updated subject to present-day risk assessment approaches and methods, which standard has been under development since 2013.

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A new guidance document was developed in 2013 – “Recommendations on Establishing Basic HSE and Social Protection Regulations’. The document sets forth uniform workplace behaviour requirements to all employees in order to exclude HSE and social protection violations that could entail accidents and fatalities, and sets forth uniform workplace behaviour requirements to contractors/subcontractors engaged in operations at the Company’s enterprises. In 2014, the document will be implemented in all subsidiaries of the Company. Together with implementation of the recommendations, personnel will be trained via video records, literature and other means.

In accordance with the commitment set out in the corporate HSE and Social Protection Policy, Gazprom Neft is aimed at building a safety culture based on personal responsibility, motivation and engagement in safety enhancement for both Company and contractor employees. Training Company and contractor personnel in HSE and social protection laws and regulations, corporate and international standards, is essential to achieve this goal.

Gazprom Neft has developed a practice of regularly exchanging HSE and social protection experience both within the Company and with external organisations. The Company holds annual conferences on occupational safety.

In the reporting year, the Company held the first corporate forum on industrial safety: ‘Successful Business = Safe Business', covering implementation of the Basic Safety Regulations in the Company. 2014 was declared a Year of Environmental Culture and Industrial Safety in the Company, so the forum became the symbolic beginning of implementation of this initiative. The Company plans to continue holding similar forums on a regular basis.