Gazprom Neft was among the winners in a recent Ministry of Energy competition for the most socially oriented company in the oil and gas industry, winning six nominations at once. The company also received special recognition within the fuel and energy industry, receiving a diploma for its proactive management of social policy.
The official awards ceremony took place during the VIII St Petersburg International Gas Forum. Selecting the winners from the 36 finalists — the most important companies in the industry — the competition jury was guided, in particular, by criteria such as the social significance of programmes and projects, the organisation and consistency of their implementation, and the uniqueness of the techniques and methodologies applied.
Three nominations for which Gazprom Neft was cited the best in the industry concerned the company’s activities in employee training, with projects focussed on career guidance for schoolchildren, on vocational adjustment and personal development for young people, and collaboration with educational organisations in developing professional practical training programmes all receiving high ratings.
In making its award in the «Development of Employees’ Professional and Personal Potential» category the competition jury highlighted the uniqueness and innovation behind Gazprom Neft’s «Company University» model, allowing a wide range of managers and specialists to be involved in employee training, and creating the opportunity for the company to engender an integrated educational environment, in which every employee can obtain the most up-to-date knowledge, in the way most appropriate for them.
Vladislav Pozdyshev, Head, Organisational Development and HR Directorate, Gazprom Neft, commented: «We see our victory in this competition as a sign of high — and entirely deserved — recognition. The Company University has come an extremely long way in the space of two years, something we look back on with pride. This award — an entirely deserved one — proves that we’re not biased, that we do genuinely have something to be proud of.»
The Gazprom Neft «Home Towns» corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme was also recognised as the best in the industry in a further two nominations — for «Charitable Activities» and «Addressing Local Social Problems».
Olga Andreeva, Director of the Home Towns Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, commented: “Success in the Ministry of Energy’s competition is further confirmation of the correctness of the path chosen by Gazprom Neft in 2013 when the Home Towns project first appeared. But the most important indicator of the effectiveness of investments in CSR is, of course, the positive changes being brought about in the regions in which the company operates. Improving quality of life in Gazprom Neft’s ‘home towns’ is directly connected to the development of the human and economic potential of these regions — which, in turn, ensures the company’s own stability and effectiveness.»