Social Policy and Charity make up an important part of NOVATEK’s activities. In 2021, the Company continued to pay close attention to projects aimed at supporting the culture, preserving and revitalizing national values and spiritual legacy of Russia, developing mass and high-performance sports. NOVATEK continued to fulfill the Agreements with local governments in the regions of the Company’s operations, by further implementing the plan for promoting living standards and preserving distinctive cultural identity of indigenous peoples of the Far North.
In 2021, Social expenses and compensatory payments directly invested by NOVATEK and its subsidiaries on charitable and medical projects and activities, cultural and educational programs, and support for indigenous communities amounted to RR 2.8 billion, including RR 71.4 million to assist the regions in their epidemic containment efforts (purchase of medical and laboratory equipment, medical protective suits and masks for hospitals).
Cooperation with the Regions
Under the agreements signed with various regions, the Company invested in the Yamal-Nenets and Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Regions, the Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Leningrad, Murmansk and Kostroma Regions and the Kamchatka Territory throughout 2021. The Company allocated funds for social and youth policy implementation, educational programs, support for culture and sports, kindergartens and art schools, indigenous peoples of the Far North. The elderly, veterans, severely ill and disabled children, as well as people who faced hardships received aid.
In 2021, the Company together with the Government of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region continued to implement a unique “Teacher for Russia” program aimed at engaging graduates of Russia’s leading universities to teaching in small regional schools and preparing young specialists for teaching, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunities for children in different regions and towns of Russia.
As part of a pilot project for converting boiler houses in Murmansk Region to LNG, the supply of equipment for receiving, storing and regasification of LNG was financed for two boiler houses located in Murmansk and Severomorsk. In addition, in 2021, NOVATEK financed the design and construction of a recreational zone on the territory of the Harbeysky geological natural monument.
NOVATEK acquired for the Tula Region’ hospital two mobile medical units with medical offices “Diagnostics” and “Laboratory” with specialization “Women’s Health” and “X-ray diagnostics”.
Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples of the Far North
NOVATEK participates in organizing and staging traditional ethnic festivals of indigenous peoples (Reindeer Herder’s Day, Fisherman’s Day, Indigenous Peoples of the Far North Day as well as events commemorating anniversaries and memorable dates of Nenets writers and poets) and supports cultural heritage site preservation. In particular, the Company funds the Limbya Nomad Camp ethnographic park, implements the Choree Project to develop a Literary Map of Yamal and finances activities to preserve traditional lifestyle, culture and language of the indigenous people of the Far North. To make pre-school education available to nomadic communities at the Nareidalva camp in the village of Nakhodka, the Company financed the acquisition and equipping of a modular kindergarten, as well as and supported athletes from among the indigenous peoples of the Far North. NOVATEK distributes food packages as a matter of financial and humanitarian aid to those in need from among the indigenous peoples of the Far North.
The Company also finances fueling services as well as the purchase of snowmobiles and a boat motor for indigenous communities, including for delivering forage to prevent mass reindeer mortality.
During the reporting year, NOVATEK provided financial support to the Yamal for Descendants Association of indigenous peoples of the Far North and its district branches.
For years, NOVATEK has been developing its continuing education program, which enables the Company to recruit highly qualified and educated youth from the regions of our operation.
Recruitment and career guidance for potential future employees start with the Gifted Children Program implemented at School No. 8 in Novokuybyshevsk, school No. 2 in Tarko-Sale, school No. 81 in Tyumen, and school No. 2 in Salekhard. In 2021, school No. 36 in Murmansk joined the program.
Special classes are formed on a competitive basis from the most talented grade 10 and 11 students with above-average test scores.
In 2021, as part of an agreement between NOVATEK and the Higher School of Economics, all students in the classes had the opportunity to use an online school to better prepare for the Unified State Exam in the Russian language, specialized mathematics, physics, and computer science.
In 2017, a resource center for industry-relevant student training – the Natural Science Center – was built and fully equipped in Tarko-Sale, Purovsky District, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region. The Center began to operate in 2018. At year-end 2021, the Center is attended by 641 students from Tarko-Sale and 33 students from the settlement of Khanymei, aged 5 to 18 years. The Center offers 29 additional education programs and 25 individual learning paths focusing on natural sciences and technologies. Activities in all subjects include solving of problems at an advanced level and training of students for national contests and competitions.
The Company is also implementing two Grants programs for schoolchildren and teachers living in the Purovsky District of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region.
The Grants program for schoolchildren is aimed at academic and creative development and encouraging a responsible attitude towards studies. Under the program, pupils of 5th-11th grades are awarded grants from the Company. In 2021, the Company awarded 52 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 2021, eight 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-University 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 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.
Preserving Cultural Heritage
In 2021, NOVATEK continued its cooperation with Russia’s leading museums, including the Russian State Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (ММОМА).
The Russian Museum hosted the exhibition “Cosmism in Russian Art” with the Company’s support (17 November 2021 – 10 March 2022). The exhibition for the first time brought together paintings and graphics of famous and lesser-known artists of the beginning of the 20th century: Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Labas, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin and other artists, who sought to understand the laws of the Universe and a man’s place in it.
NOVATEK supported the exhibition “Vyacheslav Koleichuk. Live line” (3 June 2021– 26 September 2021) organized by the Tretyakov Gallery and dedicated to one of the pioneers of kinetic art in Russia and a talented engineer. Koleichuk embodied his passion for physics, optics, and design in his works.
In the Year of Germany in Russia, the Company supported the opening of the international project “Diversity. Unity. Contemporary Art of Europe. Berlin. Moscow. Paris” (23 November 2021 – 13 March 2022) in the Tretyakov Gallery. The project has already been exhibited in Berlin. Then it was brought to Moscow and it will later go to Paris. The project explores the European art created over the past 30 years, the main message of which is to show how important it is to preserve European unity in times of turbulence. In their works, 90 artists from 34 countries discuss the issues of public concern, including pandemics, climate disasters, inequality, democracy, disputes and conflicts between states.
In cooperation with NOVATEK, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art organized a retrospective exhibition of the art group “World Champions. Strokes of Joy” (December 15, 2021 – February 13, 2022), a late-1980s association of Moscow artists, who started their artistic journey as school friends. The group is famous for their absurd, provocative and often hooligan actions that satirize contemporary art. The exhibition displays more than 200 paintings, graphics and works on fabric.
In 2021, NOVATEK remained a General Partner of the Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Yuri Bashmet.
NOVATEK attaches great importance to programs for the development of mass and high-performance sports. The Company, its subsidiaries and joint ventures regularly hold tournaments in the most popular and wide-spread sports: football, volleyball, swimming, ski, etc. In 2021, all tournaments were held in full compliance with the requirements of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor).
Throughout the year NOVATEK continued to promote development of children and youth sports in the regions of its operations by providing teams participating in indoor football, acrobatic rock’n’roll and student basketball competitions with equipment, official competition balls, uniform, prizes, cups and medals.
The Company continued to support the pilot federal innovative project “Become a Champion” intended for identifying children’s predisposition to certain sports through testing.
In the reporting year, the Company held “NOVATEK – Step to Bigger Football” Indoor Football Championships that have already become a tradition among the schools of the Chelyabinsk and Kostroma Regions and the Kamchatka Territory. More than 17,000 boys and girls took part in the competition in these regions. In 2021, indoor football pitches were built for the schools of the winning teams of the Championship: three in Chelyabinsk Region and two in Kostroma Region. In total, starting from 2013, 45 football pitches have been built within the “Step to Bigger Football” project.
In 2021, as part of the development of corporate sports, the All Russian Federation of Dancesport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll successfully continued to implement a joint project Corporate Clubs for Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll with NOVATEK. The project is currently being implemented in 5 cities of the Russian Federation: Moscow, Kostroma, Murmansk, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk. More than 220 boys and girls, including children of employees of the NOVATEK Group companies, attend clubs in these cities. Despite the pandemic, trainings and competitions continued to be held in 2021. Students of corporate clubs took part in regional acrobatic rock’n’roll competitions. In early December, athletes of corporate clubs participated in the All-Russian Championship and Competition held in Moscow.
In 2021, NOVATEK continued its cooperation with the Student Basketball Association. With the support of NOVATEK, the Student Basketball Association held competitions for student basketball teams across the country with more than 800 teams and 10,000 athletes participating from over 70 regions of the Russian Federation. Since 2017, the Kostroma Region has hosted the competition of the Student Basketball Association regional division, in which about 9 teams participate annually.
In addition, in 2021, various regions hosted master classes and exhibition performances by athletes arranged by the Student Basketball Association, Federation of Dancesport and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll.
In the reporting period, NOVATEK continued cooperation with the Russian Football Union as the General Partner of the Russian National Football Teams. The Company supported women’s volleyball club Dinamo (Moscow) and the NOVA Volleyball Club (Novokuybyshevsk).
Help to Children in Desperate Need
In 2021, pursuant to NOVATEK’s corporate charity policy the Company continued to implement projects aimed at helping children in desperate need in the regions of the Company’s operations.
Under the “Health Territory” project, leading doctors from the Russian Children’s Clinical Hospital (RCCH) visited eight towns: Tarko-Sale, Novy Urengoy, Kostroma, Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Murmansk and Tyumen. As a result, 716 severely ill children received help. 153 children were hospitalized to the RCCH and other federal hospitals. During examinations and consultations by the RCCH visiting teams, the necessary safety measures were taken; the Company also provided children, parents and doctors with personal protective equipment.
In 2021, the work under the Telemedicine Center project to equip and connect the Kamchatka Territory Children’s Hospital and the Magnitogorsk Maternal Health and Childhood Protection Center to the unified telemedical network, was completed. Currently, the unified telemedical network connects the RCCH multimedia center with regional partner clinics of Novy Urengoy, Tarko-Sale, Murmansk, Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Tyumen and Kostroma.
In 2021, as part of the Targeted Therapy project aimed at helping children with cancer undergoing treatment in the Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, 74 children received molecular tests to select individual treatment, which significantly increases their chances of recovery.
The project to help children with vision impairments has also moved forward. In 2021, vision protection rooms were set up in specialized kindergartens in Chelyabinsk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where 236 children with visual impairments underwent rehabilitation. Earlier, the Company set up vision protection rooms in kindergartens of Kostroma, Murmansk and Novy Urengoy.
As part of the “High-Tech Equipment” project, the Company financed the purchase of medical equipment: two medical ventilators and one ultrasonography machine for the Kostroma Regional Children’s Hospital, one medical ventilator for the Mother and Child Health Center of Magnitogorsk and neonatal screening equipment for the Mother and Child Center of Kostroma Region.
Throughout the year, the Company provided targeted support to orphans and disabled children, and people with disabilities. The Company donated funds to the orphanage of the Trinity Church in Kolomna to purchase an annual supply of medicines and pay for medical services, re-equip children’s bedrooms and buy winter clothes and shoes for its care recipients. NOVATEK financed a playground installation for the St. Petersburg Psychoneurological Treatment Centre № 6 for children from 0 to 4 years of age, as well as financed the purchase of roller blinds for 17 wards in the RCCH kidney transplantation department.
Other Charitable Activities
In the Chelyabinsk Region in 2021, the Company provided financial assistance for restoration of memorials in nine municipalities, provided charitable gas supply throughout the Region for gasified Eternal Flame memorials, landscaped areas of restored memorials in the Trotsky and Kunashaksky districts. As part of the Childhood Protection social project, the Company financed Chelyabinsk Boarding School No. 13 and Aistenok Center to repair their classrooms and living quarters, as well as organized vacation for children at a children’s sanatorium in Anapa.
A regional children drawing contest, with over 400 children participating, was conducted by NOVATEK-Kostroma together with the Department of Education and Science. Winners and medalists were awarded diplomas, prizes and gifts by the Company.
Throughout 2021, NOVATEK traditionally supported projects aimed at preserving and increasing rare animal populations: Siberian tiger and Amur leopard.
In 2021, the key activities of the volunteer movement All Together also remained unchanged: support for orphans and children with various illnesses, seniors and disabled people.
In June 2021, NOVATEK annual charity auction was held to mark the International Day for Protection of Children. NOVATEK employees offered 334 lots for the auction, all the money raised was used for treatment and rehabilitation of the Company’s employees’ children.