Social Policy Implementation Tools
Gazprom Neft’s social policy is implemented primarily through social and economic agreements with regional and municipal authorities, targeted social investment projects, corporate volunteering, targeted corporate charity, as well as a social initiatives grant competition — one of the most effective tools for getting local communities involved in the Company's social activities and regional social and economic transformation.
In 2014, The Home Towns Programme:
implemented more than 23
Completed projects in
23 Russian regions
In 2014, the Company signed social and economic agreements with the authorities of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District and Omsk, Orenburg, and Tyumen regions. During the reporting year, the Company had agreements with the governments of nine Russian regions and 16 municipal administrations.
All of the Company's social and charitable projects are implemented under the consolidated Home Towns social investment programme, introduced in 2013. The programme promotes quality of life in cities where the Company operates by increasing access to modern urban infrastructure, education, and culture. Home Towns promotes internal sources of development by engaging non-profit organizations and volunteers, as well as by forming partnerships with local authorities. In 2014, the Company implemented more than 350 projects in 23 Russian regions under the Home Towns programme. Twenty-five of the Company's subsidiaries implemented joint projects with local communities.
Structure of the Home Towns Social Investment Programme
Stages of social project development and implementation
RUB 4,543.9 million ↑15 %
invested in regional development in 2014
The portfolio of social and charitable projects included in the Home Towns programme is based on the results of dialogue with stakeholders (including local residents and regional authorities), as well as Gazprom Neft's monitoring of the social wellbeing of the region, using both the Company's own data and independent research. In its social initiatives, Gazprom Neft aims to involve local residents and non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the discussion of topical regional issues, thereby contributing to the formation of socially active communities as a fundamental factor in sustainable regional development. In 2013, Gazprom Neft introduced a new tool to support projects by regional residents: the social initiatives grant competition. This allows the Company to respond to a range of challenges, including:
- engaging local communities and other stakeholders in the discussion of regional development issues
- creating the conditions for selecting the most promising projects fairly
- developing the professional competencies of local public associations interested in implementing socially significant ideas.
NPOs, government authorities, and experts from the philanthropic community are involved in discussing the topical priorities for the competition, developing criteria for quality projects, and reviewing incoming applications. It is also significant that the competition procedure is a learning process that includes orientation workshops on social project planning for those seeking funding, consultations on the competition results for all participants, and project management consultations for winning organizations. In 2014, the Company set up a telephone hotline in order to provide additional support for grant applicants.
During the reporting year, grant competitions were held in the Company's major oil-producing regions: Yamalo-Nenets and Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous districts; Orenburg, Tomsk, and Omsk regions, and the city of Omsk. Candidates submitted a total of 297 applications, of which 71 were awarded grants from RUB 50,000 to RUB 300,000. The total value of the grants was RUB 16.5 million.