Social initiatives abroad
Gazprom Neft is one of the largest investors in Serbia, and is implementing large-scale social projects there, designed to support the country’s culture and preserve its historical heritage.
NIS, a Gazprom Neft subsidiary, has been one of the leading social investors in education, healthcare, social support, culture and sports in Serbia for years, acting under the maxim "Future in Action".
Culture and art
In the reporting year, the company completed an altar mosaic in the central part of the Church of Saint Sava on the Vračar plateau in Belgrade. The mosaic covers about 2,000 square metres. The design of the church’s interior is one of the most impressive examples of mosaic in the world. The project became part of the Gazprom Neft programme to support culture and retain historical heritage in Serbia.
Since 2013, the Kustendorf Classic music festival founded by Emir Kusturica, has been held in cooperation with Gazprom Neft.
For the 11th consecutive year, the company has supported the international children's festival "Joy of Europe", and the Belgrade Dance Festival, which is a unique international cultural event.
NIS, a Serbian subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, actively supports clubs and athletes in basketball, football and motorsport, and organises basketball mini-tournaments. It is also opening tennis schools, where people can train free of charge.
Science and education
NIS was the first company to win the prestigious Saint Sava award given by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, for supporting education in Serbia.
In 2019, in cooperation with the Serbian Chemical Society, and the Society of Mathematicians and Physicists of Serbia, NIS supported the organisation in Serbia of Olympiads in mathematics, physics and chemistry, and funded the winners’ travel to enable them to take part in the international Olympiads.
For the seventh consecutive year, NIS has supported the Science Festival in Belgrade.
The fourth Youth Heroes competition was organised in cooperation with the EXIT Foundation. The 19 most successful participants were awarded the "Youth Hero" accolade in the following categories: science and education, culture and art, entrepreneurship, creative industry, and social activism.
Supporting humanitarian projects
As part of its charitable activities, NIS is purchasing modern medical equipment for medical institutions in Serbia.
Creating a comfortable environment
NIS is supporting projects designed to make parks and playgrounds more beautiful. In 2019, the company equipped a number of playgrounds in Prokuplje, Vrnjačka Banja, Novi Pazar, Novi Bečej and others.
Key priorities for NIS include taking care of ecology and safety, and environmental protection. The company is implementing several projects in those areas.
Republic of Iraq
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Building and retaining good relationships with local communities is crucial to the successful implementation of upstream projects abroad. To ensure effective work in difficult social and political conditions, and taking into account the unique culture in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), Gazprom Neft is in a dialogue with the senior leaders, local administrators and the local population. This helps to reduce social tension and ensures the sustainability of the production programme.
The social projects are all being implemented in close cooperation with local authorities, and are approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the KRI. When priority projects for next year are initiated, there will be consultations with heads of villages, mayors of nearby towns, the governor of the Garmian region, and the appropriate specialists from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Training of local professionals to work in the oil and gas industry is a priority of the company’s social policy in the region. This is related to cooperation with leading KRI universities in various fields, and to the implemention of the Gazprom Neft Middle East Scholarship Programme educational initiative. As part of the initiative, 12 students from the KRI are receiving education in the subject of oil and gas at St Petersburg Mining University, and four of its graduates work at Gazprom Neft Middle East; at the same time, two graduates of National University of Oil and Gas "Gubkin University", who have finished their postgraduate studies, have been employed by the Geology Department of Gazprom Neft Middle East.
The company makes great efforts to employ local residents. Currently, the company and its contractors have employed over 500 people locally, which makes Gazprom Neft a major employer in the region.
In 2019, the company almost doubled the extent of its social programmes and is planning to continue implementing socially important projects in the KRI in 2020.
Gazprom Neft works hard to meet its corporate social responsibility (CSR) obligations to the Government of Iraq, and local authorities.
More than 1,300 Iraqi citizens are currently involved in the Badra project, and most of them live in Wasit Governorate. More than 300 Iraqi employees have taken advantage of the professional training organised by Gazprom Neft, and have found permanent jobs at the project. As planned, the company continues to recruit Iraqi citizens.
Projects to develop the education system, medical facilities, and power supply in Wasit Governorate are being successfully implemented. Large-scale mine clearance was carried out. During the project implementation, three schools have been built, two minibuses for the University of Wasit purchased, and the electricity networks in three neighbouring population centres expanded and upgraded. Medical equipment has been supplied, and two ambulances have also been acquired for the city of Badra.