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Social Policy and Charity make up an important part of NOVATEK's activities. In 2017, the Company continued to pay close attention to projects aimed at supporting the culture, preserving and revitalizing national values and spiritual legacy of Russia, promoting and integrating the Russian art into the international cultural space, developing mass and high-performance sports. NOVATEK enters into agreements with regional governments across the Company's footprint and implements programs to improve living standards and preserve the distinctive cultural identity of the indigenous peoples of the Far North.
In 2017, NOVATEK and its subsidiaries invested about RR 2.8 billion in projects and activities related to the support of indigenous peoples, charitable contributions, cultural and educational programs.
Cooperation with the regions
Within the framework of agreements signed with various regions, the Company was investing in YNAO, the Leningrad, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, and Kostroma Regions throughout 2017. The Company also financed the construction, repairs and upgrades of social infrastructure facilities, earmarked significant funds to implementing educational, cultural, children and youth programs and projects and was supporting low-income families, people with disabilities, the elderly and veterans.
NOVATEK is annually providing assistance to various regions by helping with settlement development, construction and renovation of accommodation, educational facilities and advancing local healthcare.
The Company is directly involved in funding the construction of important social infrastructure facilities across the YNAO, including an 800-student school in the village of Gyda, Taz District.
Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples of the Far North
During the reporting year, NOVATEK provided financial support to the Yamal for Descendants Association of indigenous peoples and its district branches. We assisted indigenous peoples through financing the purchase of equipment and materials required for the work of fishermen and reindeer herders. NOVATEK financed fuel purchases for air delivery of the nomadic population and food to remote areas. One particular area of support is taking part in organizing and staging ethnic festivals of indigenous peoples as well as provision of funding for environmental program.
NOVATEK continued to develop the Company’s continuing education program, which provides opportunities to gifted students from the regions where we operate to further their education at top-rated universities, participate in NOVATEK internships and, upon completion of their studies, possible employment with the Company.
Recruitment and career guidance for promising employees start with the Gifted Children program implemented at School No. 8 in Novokuybyshevsk, school No. 2 in Tarko-Sale and school No. 81 in Tyumen. Special classes are formed on a competitive basis from the most talented grade 10 and 11 students with above-average test scores.
The Company has also implemented two Grants programs for schoolchildren and teachers living in the Purovsky District of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.
The Grants program for schoolchildren is aimed at academic and creative development and encouraging a responsible attitude towards studies. Under the program, students in grades five (5) through eleven (11) living in the districts are awarded grants from the Company. In 2017, the Company awarded 38 grants to students under this program.
The Grants program for teachers is intended to raise the prestige of the teaching profession and create favorable conditions for developing new and talented teachers. In 2017, three (3) teachers from the Purovsky District received grants under this program.
In an effort to create conditions for more effective use of university and college resources in preparing students for future professional activities, the Company has developed and successfully implemented the NOVATEK-VUZ program. The program is an action plan for focused, high-quality training for specialists with higher education in key areas of expertise in order to grow the Company’s business and meet its needs for young specialists. The program is based at the Saint-Petersburg University of Mines, the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow and the Tyumen Industrial University.
Students, who have passed their exams with good and excellent results, receive additional monthly payments. During their studies, the students are offered paid field, engineering and directed internships. This experience allows them to apply the knowledge obtained at lectures and seminars to real-life situations and gain experience in the professions they’ve chosen, while the Company receives an opportunity to meet potential employees.
Support of Cultural Traditions
In 2017, NOVATEK continued its cooperation with Russia’s leading museums including the Russian State Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and the Multimedia Art Museum / Moscow House of Photography, and supported the contemporary art and music projects in Russia and abroad.
The Company supported exhibitions “Children of the Soviet State” and “Posters of the Revolutionary Era” in the Russian State Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, and supported the annual Imperial Gardens of Russia international festival of garden and park art in the Mikhailovsky Garden of St. Petersburg. In 2017, the main theme of the festival was avant-garde art.
In partnership with NOVATEK, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) presented the exhibition “Nepokorennye Prospect” to celebrate St. Petersburg artists of the 20th century. In the reporting year, NOVATEK also supported launching of the MMOMA Education Center. MMOMA delivered a course of lectures on the history of Russian and foreign art, photography, and architecture at the office of NOVATEK to the Company’s employees and their families.
For several years, NOVATEK has been the General Partner of the History of Russia in Photographs, a program of Multimedia Art Museum / Moscow House of Photography. In 2017, exhibitions “Russia. 1917” in St. Petersburg, “The Industrial World of Alexander Rodchenko” in Nizhny Novgorod, “Russia. 20th Century in Photographs. 1941–1945” in Samara, “Lilya Brick. The Journey That Never Happened” in Ulyanovsk took place.
In 2017, NOVATEK continued as the General Partner of the Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble led by Yuri Bashmet. NOVATEK is a permanent partner of the international festival-school of contemporary art TERRITORIYA. As part of the festival in 2017 Russian and foreign performances and exhibitions were shown, as well as an educational program. The Company also supported the activities of the Gogol-center.
In 2017, the Company also sponsored a number of projects abroad. “Peter the Great, a Tsar in France. 1717” exhibition was held in the Palace of Versailles national museum in France, marking the 300th anniversary of Peter I visiting France. MusicAeterna orchestra opened the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito under the baton of Teodor Currentzis.
NOVATEK attaches great importance to programs for the development of amateur and professional sports. The Company, its subsidiaries and joint ventures regularly hold tournaments in the most popular and widespread sports, such as football, volleyball, swimming, ski, to name a few.
The Company supported the children and youth sports in the regions of its operations. In 2017, the “NOVATEK – Step to Bigger Football” Indoor Football Cups among secondary school teams were held in the Chelyabinsk and Kostroma Regions, which were attended by several thousand boys and girls. The winning teams of the Chelyabinsk and Kostroma championships went to the Russian National Football Team training base in Sochi where the Super Cup match was held.
The Company supported Figure Skating and Ice Hockey Federations of the Yamal-Nenets Automonous Region, and Student Basketball Association with more than 800 teams and 10,000 boys and girls participating in competitions. The Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll and the Company support corporate dance sport and acrobatic rock’n’roll clubs in the regions where the Company operates. In April 2017, members of the corporate acrobatic rock’n’roll clubs participated in the first Russia-wide acrobatic rock’n’roll competition where the Kostroma team took the first place.
In the reporting year, NOVATEK continued cooperation with the Football Union of Russia as the General Partner of the Russian National Football Teams. The Company supported woman’s volleyball club Dinamo and the NOVA Volleyball Club (Novokuybishevsk).
In 2017, NOVATEK adopted its Charity Policy, which provides for supporting children in desperate need of medical care residing in the regions where the Company operates. In the reporting year, the Company procured equipment for regional healthcare facilities, and financed children treatment and rehabilitation programs.
The scope of activities undertaken by the All Together volunteer movement, which NOVATEK founded in 2008, expanded. The main volunteer activities were assistance to orphans and children with various illnesses, as well as to seniors.