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Gazprom Neft awarded highest status in Russia’s corporate philanthropy ratings

An annual survey of Russian businesses’ charitable and social activities has seen Gazprom Neft ranked top among leading companies in corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the first time, being awarded the highest rating — category A+.

The “Leaders in Corporate Philanthropy” survey, competition and rankings are held every year by the Donors Forum Association and the National Priority independent non-profit organisation, with support from the Federal Council of the Russian Federation and other partners. Funding for charitable programmes is not the only factor taken into consideration in compiling the ratings — the standard of project content, project objectives, target audiences, methodologies and outcomes are also all taken into account. Sixty-six companies were involved in the ratings this year.

The competition jury also noted the effectiveness and standard of organisation in Gazprom Neft’s implementation of its “Home Towns” grant-awards competition, nominated in the “Best Programme Promoting Sustainable Development Through Grant Competitions” category. This grant-award competition is one of Gazprom Neft’s social investment tools, allowing the company to find and support local projects aimed at improving living standards in those locations in which the company’s plants and facilities are located. More than 800 such initiatives have been supported since 2013. Held entirely online for the first time in 2021, Gazprom Neft’s “Home Towns” grant-award competition received more than 600 applications this year, from across six of Russia’s regions. A special service to support applicants’, local grant managers’ and specialists’ work has been launched through the “Home Towns” digital platform.

The company’s social initiatives have also been recognised in other awards, apart from the “Leaders in Corporate Philanthropy” competition. The company’s “Multiplying Talent” competition for high school students took first place in the #MYVMESTE (#INITTOGETHER) awards’ “Land of Opportunities” category. Now in its sixth year, the company’s “Home Towns” project has helped more than 10,000 high school students in those locations in which the company operates discover their potential and choose their future career. A further project, managed by Gazprom Neft-Khantos, involving that subsidiary establishing and developing a creative space — Garden 61°69 in Khanty-Mansiysk — won the “Comfortable Town” nomination in the same competition. More than 25,000 applications were submitted to the competition this year, with 300 applicants making it to the final.

Gazprom Neft has been implementing its “Home Towns” social investment programme since 2012. This is Russia’s first ongoing business-driven programme aimed at improving living standards in the regions and creating an environment to support local residents’ self-fulfilment. The programme supports initiatives by local communities as well as implementing its own projects in culture, education, sport and developing the creative industries, as well as managing a number of long-term environmental projects.