LUKOIL Group has a Social Code in place which sets forth obligations related to interacting with local communities and indigenous peoples.
At key stages of projects LUKOIL holds consultations with residents whose interests may be impacted by corporate plans. Various communication channels are used for this purpose, including public hearings on projects, personal meetings between LUKOIL Group management and specialists and residents, and a permanent hotline to interact with the public. The opinions of local residents are taken into account when deciding on project implementation parameters.
For example, the Company informed Ust-Usa village residents about the construction of an exploration well at the West Usinskaya facility in 2019. The public opposed these plans on account of the proximity of the site to settlements. Following consultations, it was decided to move the construction site and in addition to hold regular meetings with an advocacy group of residents to address a wide range of social issues faced by local villages.
Another example concerned discussions about a disposal site for the Shchelyayurskaya group of fields owned by LUKOIL-Ukhtaneftegaz. In 2018, during public hearings, Izhemsky District residents objected to the construction of the site. In 2019 representatives of the district and public organizations (including Pechora Rescue Committee representatives) visited a similar facility, an oil sludge disposal site at the Zapadno-Tebukskoye oil field.
Visitors were shown around the site and informed about how it operates, and all their questions were answered. The Pechora Rescue Committee representatives were able to satisfy themselves that the site is a modern and high-tech facility that will neutralize oil sludge without any negative environmental impacts. The representatives left positive feedback about their trip in social networks.
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In 2019 the Company continued to operate its hotline, including coverage of environmental safety issues. 249 calls were received, although most were unrelated to environmental safety. All reports relating to the environment were verified, and no violations of environmental safety standards were identified.
LUKOIL-Komi liaises with active public and national organizations, including Komi Voityr, the movement of the Komi-Izhemtsi ethnical group Izvatas, Rus Pechorskaya, and the Pechora Rescue Committee. Cooperation agreements are concluded annually with a number of these organizations and support is provided to their projects. Furthermore, LUKOIL-Komi representatives participate in social movement assemblies and conferences.
As part of the Social and Cultural Projects Competition, Komi residents are given an opportunity to implement environmental initiatives related to the conservation of the environment and natural objects, and environmental education and culture. For example, 2019 saw the successful implementation of the project “Clean River – Clean City” to clean the banks and bed of the Chibyu River, using a grant from LUKOIL-Komi.