The interests of the indigenous populations of the Russian Far North are taken into account in putting together every field development project. To which end, public hearings are held as a matter of course, during which, in conjunction with the local population, construction sites are identified, and crossing points for migratory deer herds included in transport communication schemes.
The company enters into agreements with the heads of indigenous families of the Russian Far North living in those areas in which exploration and production of hydrocarbons is taking place, as well as helping local agricultural communities. Indigenous people receive funds to support traditional economic activities, and are provided with heating fuel, construction materials, equipment, and fishing gear. The company provides assistance to families affected by emergency situations, free of charge. Gazprom Neft entered into 200 such agreements in 2016.
As part of its initiatives to preserve the national identity of the peoples of the Russian Far North, and to draw attention to the preservation of traditional crafts and trades, the company supports celebrations marking Reindeer Herders’ Day in the city of Murvalenko and the villages of Khanimey, Khalyasavey, Tolka and the rural settlement of Russinskaya. In 2016, for the first time in 30 years, Reindeer Herders’ Day was held in the settlement of Novy Port, where Fisherman’s Day is also still traditionally supported.
In 2016, Gazprom Neft began to put in place a cohesive approach to its subsidiaries’ engagement with the indigenous minorities of the Russian Far North. As part of this work, representatives of Gazprom Neft take part in activities run by the Association of Managers’ working group, at which areas for adjusting existing regulation on industrial companies’ engagement with the indigenous peoples of the Russian Far North, Siberia and the Far East are discussed. Company representatives are also members of a working group of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs which is developing conceptual documents on engagement with the indigenous peoples of the northern territories. One of the most important outcomes of this work has been the development of the company’s Policy on Engagement with the Indigenous Minorities of the Russian Far North.