Engaging with indigenous peoples of the Russian Far North
The company operates in the areas where indigenous peoples of the Russian Far North live: in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra, and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
Recognising the high rate of asset development, and the need to preserve the local environment and culture, Gazprom Neft is making every effort to meet these people’s needs: it is using advanced technologies to take steps to protect the environment, supporting local residents, and facilitating their integration in modern social and economic conditions. The company is also preserving their traditional culture and lifestyle.
Gazprom Neft’s position on such matters is presented in the Policy on Interactions with Indigenous Northern, Siberian and Far Eastern Peoples Policy for Interaction with Indigenous Minority Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East .
The company keeps a close watch on ensuring the rights of such people in its prospecting and field development activities. When field development projects are prepared, Gazprom Neft and local authorities hold public consultations that include those indigenous peoples. This allows the company to take their interests into account when process facilities are built. The company representatives hold regular meetings to provide information for heads of the families of indigenous people, and representatives of municipal administrations.
The following companies are operating in the areas where indigenous peoples of the Russian Far North live: Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz JSC, Gazpromneft-Yamal LLC, Gazpromneft-Zapolyarye LLC, and Gazpromneft-Khantos LLC.
All enterprises are supporting those indigenous peoples by concluding agreements with municipal administrations or heads of families. Gazprom Neft is providing financial support for families and communities, is making efforts to preserve national identity, establish cultural ties, and preserve traditional crafts.
In the reporting year, there were no cases of the company violating the rights of indigenous peoples.
Gazprom Neft is implementing projects and events in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra as part of the “Home Towns” Programme, which facilitates establishing good relationships between the company and indigenous peoples of the Russian Far North, who have certain disadvantages as a result of the development of the company’s operations.
The company representatives hold regular meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples of the Russian Far North in cooperation with municipal administrations in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra, to ensure that issues are addressed as soon as they arise. The company is purchasing products and items that are necessary for everyday life, housekeeping, hunting, fishing; the company is also helping people in difficult situations, providing helicopters for transporting residents, and delivering food to hard-to-reach areas between towns and villages.