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Social Policy and Charity make up an important part of NOVATEK’s activities. In 2016, 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, and developing amateur and professional sports. NOVATEK entered 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 2016, NOVATEK and its subsidiaries invested about RR 1,9 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 made investments in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, and the Leningrad, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Samara and Kostroma Regions throughout 2016. The Company also financed the construction, repairs and upgrades of social infrastructure facilities as well as earmarked significant funds for implementing educational, cultural, children and youth programs and projects and was supporting low-income families, people with disabilities and the elderly.
Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples of the Far North
During 2016, 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.
NOVATEK continued to develop and support 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 and School No. 2 in Tarko-Sale. In 2016, the “Gifted Children” class was opened in Tyumen vocational school №81. Special classes are formed on a competitive basis from the most talented grade 10 and 11 students with above-average test scores.
The Company also implemented two “Grants” programs for schoolchildren and teachers living in the Purovsky District of the YNAO.
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 11 are awarded grants from the Company. In 2016, the Company awarded 36 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 2016, five (5) 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 have chosen, while the Company receives an opportunity to meet potential employees.
Support of Cultural Traditions
In 2016, NOVATEK continued its cooperation with Russia’s leading cultural and educational institutions, charity foundations, and creative groups. These include the Moscow Kremlin Museum, the Russian State Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and the Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow.
The Moscow Kremlin Museum, with assistance from NOVATEK, prepared and hosted the exhibition titled “Elegance and Splendor of Art Deco. The Kyoto Costume Institute, Jewelry Houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels”.
The Company supported the exhibition “Wassily Kandinsky and Russia” in the Russian State Museum to mark the 150th anniversary of the artist, one of the founders of the abstract art, and continued supporting the annual International Imperial Gardens of Russia Festival in St. Petersburg.
In partnership with NOVATEK, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art presented the exhibition “Little Golden America: based on a true story” devoted to Ilya Ilf’s and Evgeny Petrov’s travels as well as a solo exhibition of Stephan Balkenhol “Sculptures and Reliefs”.
Starting in late 2015, the education division of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art has been delivering a special course of lectures on the history of the 20th century Russian and foreign art, photography, architecture and cinema to the Company’s employees and their family members. To expand this activity, in 2016 the Company for the first time supported the educational program of the Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.
For several years, NOVATEK has been supporting the History of Russia in Photographs, a major program of the Multimedia Art Museum. In 2016, with the Company's assistance, exhibitions “Sergey Shimansky. Leningrad” and “Alexander Rodchenko. Experiments for the Future” took place.
In 2016, NOVATEK traditionally cooperated as the General Partner with the Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble and acted as the General Partner of the tour across Russia and Europe of the Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra led by Yuri Bashmet.
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 wide-spread sports, such as football, volleyball, swimming, ski, etc.
Tht company supported the children and youth sports in the regions of its operations. The “NOVATEK – Step to Bigger Football” Indoor Football Cup among secondary school teams expanded its geographical presence in 2016. Besides the competition in the Chelyabinsk Region that were attended by several thousand boys and girls, the tournament was held in several cities and towns of the Kostroma Region and included more than one hundred teams.
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 boy and girls participating in competitions. The Russian Acrobatic Rock'n'roll Federation and the Company set up corporate acrobatic rock'n'roll clubs in the regions where the Company operates, and their students will take part in the Federation’s competitions as early as in the first half of 2017. In the reporting year, NOVATEK continued cooperation with the Football Union of Russia as the General Partner of the Russian National Football Team. The company supported woman’s volleyball club Dinamo and the NOVA Volleyball Club (Novokuybishevsk).
The Company has continued its cooperation with Chulpan Khamatova’s Gift of Life charitable foundation in 2016. The Company held two blood donor sessions for children from the Russian Children’s Clinical Hospital at its Moscow headquarters, in collaboration with the foundation.
The scope of activities undertaken by the All Together volunteer movement, which NOVATEK founded in 2008, expanded. Assistance to orphans and children with various illnesses, seniors, as well as support for the blood donor movement remained the main volunteer activities.