Social Responsibility

  • Total number of employees: nearly 460 thousand people

Why is Gazprom called a socially responsible Company?

Gazprom’s large-scale activities are of strategic significance for Russia’s economic advancement and concern lots of people. Consequently, the crucial operating principles of Gazprom Group are as follows: pursuing the public interest, maximally contributing to the socioeconomic development of Russian regions, stimulating a favorable business climate throughout the country and supporting decent labor conditions, social and spiritual welfare of the people.

In this regard, the Company strives to secure the sustainable development of its business, paying great attention to both the economic and social aspects. Gazprom steadily pursues the following social responsibility principles: creating new jobs, implementing social programs for its employees, placing a focus on sponsorship and charity, taking environment and education related actions.

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How does Gazprom follow the social responsibility principles in practice?

Year on year, Gazprom plays a more active role in social support projects by creating new jobs, rendering assistance to economically disadvantaged people, servicemen, disabled veterans of World War II, implementing social support programs for indigenous peoples of the Far North, making investments in new production and social infrastructure facilities constructed throughout the Russian Federation. Particular attention is traditionally paid to supporting disabled children, orphans and boarding school inmates. The Company annually earmarks funds to build housing, kindergartens, health care centers, etc.

The Company fulfills all of its tax commitments. Furthermore, Gazprom is consistent in gasifying population centers across Russia.

In its sponsorship and charitable activities Gazprom is oriented towards reviving the spiritual and national values, supporting culture, education and science, contributing to the sci-tech progress as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Gazprom’s Christmas and New Year festivals for thousands of children from orphan homes and orphanages have become traditional. The Company renders assistance to the Children’s Radio.

Throughout many years OAO Gazprom has fruitfully cooperated with the Russian Orthodox Church. In particular, under the Company’s support repair and restoration activities at the Convent of St. John of Rila were carried out in St. Petersburg, the construction of a temple began in Salekhard. The Company also continues to render assistance to the Charitable Fund aimed at restoring the Voskresensk New Jerusalem Stavropegial Male Monastery.

Since 2005 for the purpose of preserving the traditions of Russia’s multinational culture, promoting folk arts and fostering corporate identity, Gazprom holds the corporate Fakel Festival bringing together amateur art teams from the Company’s subsidiaries and partner businesses. In May 2015 Sochi hosted the final round of the 6th corporate Fakel Festival that brought together nearly 2 thousand guests and participants from Gazprom’s 37 subsidiaries in Russia and Belarus as well as creative teams from China, France, Germany, Slovenia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

With the support from Gazprom and ENGIE (France) the Masters of World Performing Arts cultural and educational project was held within the Year of Culture in Russia. Concerts and master classes of world’s leading musicians – the French Parisii Quartet and Russian Rachmaninov Trio – took place in three Russian cities – Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. In addition, a traditional Arts Festival of Gazprom and CNPC held since 2007 took place in 2014.

With the Company’s sponsorship support, classical music concerts were given by prominent Russian and foreign musicians in Saratov, Astrakhan, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, with renowned performers giving master classes for conservatory and music school students.

Gazprom is active in supporting the development of the national science and is the founder of a number of Russia’s prominent non-profit research institutions and foundations, in particular, the Vernadsky Non-Governmental Ecological Foundation. The Company takes part in the annual awarding of the Global Energy International Prize for outstanding discoveries, inventions and solutions in the energy sector. The Company also implements the projects aimed at supporting the national education and improving the quality of employees’ professional training.

Gazprom pays special attention to the development of sports and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle as well as actively interacts with the Ministry for Sports of the Russian Federation as well as sports federations.

The preparation for holding the XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi was one of the most important national projects. Gazprom actively participated in constructing new sports facilities and the necessary infrastructure. In this way, the following facilities were constructed by the Company in Krasnaya Polyana: the Biathlon and Ski Complex, eight new cableways with the total length of over 17 thousand m and the Mountain Olympic Village for 1,100 skiers and biathletes.

The Company annually holds summer and winter Spartakiada Games for OAO Gazprom’s subsidiary companies and organizations as part of OAO Gazprom policy aimed at supporting sports and physical training in Russia.

Gazprom is the sponsor of the Zenit Football Club, the SKA (St. Petersburg) and the Avangard Hockey Clubs (the Omsk Region). The Company annually participates in financing rhythmic gymnastics, volleyball, chess, biathlon and sailing competitions. Gazprom is an official partner of the 2012–2015 UEFA Champions League; it implements the Football for Friendship international children’s social project.

The support is given to national sport federations, teams and individual athletes (both professionals and amateurs) as well as sports veterans.

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What is the nationwide Gazprom for Children program?

As a traditional backer of children and youth, in 2007 Gazprom launched its largest social project – Gazprom for Children program.

The program goals include creating conditions for the intellectual, spiritual and physical development of younger generations in a harmonious manner, promoting a healthy lifestyle among the Russian youth, engaging as many children and teenagers as possible in sports, amateur art teams and clubs.

To achieve these goals, Gazprom:

  • builds and retrofits sports facilities, versatile outdoor sports grounds;
  • purchases the equipment needed for establishing sports and art teams, amateur art clubs;
  • engages highly-skilled coaches and instructors to train children and teenagers;
  • arranges festivals and sports competitions throughout the country.

Considerable efforts are also made under the Gazprom for Children program to develop the creative potential of younger generations.

Along with holding the traditional festive events for children in Russian regions, the Company funds amateur art teams and clubs involving dozens of thousands of children. All of them have an opportunity to try their skills within the Fakel Festival of amateur art teams and performers annually held by Gazprom. Every year young athletes may prove their sports achievements at summer and winter Spartakiada Games of OAO Gazprom.

1,194 sports and cultural facilities worth a total of RUB 27.8 billion were constructed and reconstructed as part of the Gazprom for Children Program implemented between 2007 and 2014. The total scope of charitable assistance aimed at promoting children’s sports and creativity, purchasing sports equipment and establishing sports clubs and hobby groups has amounted approximately to RUB 1 billion over these years.

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What are Gazprom’s programs to support its personnel?

As of late 2014, 459.6 thousand people were employed by Gazprom. The Company pays paramount attention to ensuring most decent labor conditions, providing a variety of social guarantees, benefits and compensations. Traditionally, continuous support is given to industry veterans, with a focus placed on their well-being.

Social and labor relations of employees and the administration are regulated by labor laws, the Industry Agreement for Oil and Gas Industry Organizations and Construction of Oil and Gas Facilities in the Russian Federation over 2014 to 2016, the General Collective Agreement of OAO Gazprom and its Subsidiary Companies for the period from 2013 to 2015 as well as collective agreements of subsidiary companies and organizations. There are a number of other documents in Gazprom regarding education, personnel management as well as health care services for employees and their families.

The most important of them is the Provision on Continuous Vocational Education and Training System for OAO Gazprom Employees. 265.1 thousand people upgraded their skills and passed professional retraining courses in 2014.

A crucial social guarantee is the payment of extra pensions by Gazfond Non-State Pension Fund.

The Corporate Program for Housing Provision is being implemented in the Company with a view to attract young highly-qualified employees and employees, who are of a key importance for the Company. The program is based on the principle of co-financing: at the expense of employees with the involvement of Gazprom funds with the use of a bank mortgage (based on the co-financing principle).

With a view to improve the employees’ operational capabilities and living standards, when developing new oil and gas fields and constructing gas mains in the Far North, the Company has built a system of life support, medical and ecological as well as social and hygienic monitoring for Gazprom Group’s employees and their family members. In order to enhance the effectiveness and accessibility of medical services, especially in field camps, the Company developed a corporate telehealth network.

In order to provide Gazprom’s managerial staff with financial incentives for the Company’s efficient development, Gazprom introduced a financial motivation system for the managers of OAO Gazprom and its major subsidiaries, which includes an annual bonus system and a program for the Company’s managers participation in the Charter capital of the Company.

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