6. Stakeholder
Engagement Management

6.1. Strategy, Principles, Mechanisms and Engagement Tools

Believing that regular and meaningful engagement with key stakeholders is an important element of successful operations, Sakhalin Energy has been sharing information and consulting with stakeholders since the start of the Sakhalin-2 project.

Stakeholders are organisations, companies, individuals, or groups that have a vested interest in the company or the project, i.e. individuals or entities that are influenced by the company or can potentially influence the company’s operations.

The company interacts with a number of stakeholders including the following key groups: shareholders, personnel, lenders, government authorities, customers, suppliers and contractors, community, Japanese stakeholders, international organisations, public organisations and other non-governmental and non-profit organisations, mass media, etc.

Company’s Stakeholders

Sakhalin Energy’s engagement with stakeholders is based on its commitments as set forth in key corporate documents including:

  • Code of Conduct, including the Statement of General Business Principles;
  • Sustainable Development Policy;
  • Human Rights Policy;
  • Commitment and Policy on Health, Safety, Environment and Social Performance;
  • Social Performance Standard (Public Consultation and Disclosure Appendix);
  • Public Consultation and Disclosure Plan (updated annually).

These documents define the strategy, principles, process, mechanisms, and tools of stakeholder engagement and are available to the general public.

Stakeholder Engagement Process

6.2. Stakeholder Engagement in 2018

Sakhalin Energy continued systematic and consistent engagement with key stakeholders in 2018.

The key activities included the following:

Key statistics on stakeholder engagement in 2018:

  • 15 public meetings held in communities located near the company's assets (114 participants from among residents of the Sakhalin Oblast);
  • 5,203 visits to information centres;
  • 13 public meetings in 11 communities of the districts of traditional residence of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities (186 participants — representatives of SIM, non-governmental organisations, tribal enterprises and communities, municipal authorities, and other stakeholders);
  • two rounds of dialogues with the stakeholders as part of preparation of the Sustainable Development Report.

Moreover, to prepare non-financial reports in accordance with international standards, additional opinion surveys and meetings with stakeholders were held to determine the range of topics to be included in the Report (see Section 2. About the Report).

6.3. Engagement with Personnel

Sakhalin Energy pays special attention to the process of addressing grievances and requests from employees, and makes every effort to conduct an open dialogue with its employees and respect their rights.

Engagement with personnel is an important component of strengthening and developing the company’s corporate culture (see Section 5.4. Corporate Culture) and is conducted, among other ways, through the internal communication system, which includes the following:

  • regular staff communication sessions to inform the employees about the results of the meetings of the Committee of Executive Directors, the Board of Directors, and the Supervisory Board, as well as other important events in Sakhalin Energy;
  • opinion surveys. In 2018, a regular survey was conducted to study the opinions of the company’s employees. The questions concerned personnel engagement, their attitude towards the company and its senior management, responsibilities, working conditions, teamwork, participation in activities held by the company, and respect for national, cultural, and individual diversity;
  • in 2018, as part of the Goal Zero programme, a survey was conducted to study employees’ opinions on the state of labour safety at the company to identify current problems and develop follow-up actions to address them;
  • Vesti monthly corporate newsletter and various informational and reference materials. The Vesti is distributed within Sakhalin Energy, sent to the information centres, and posted on the company's website. Since 2016, the company has also been issuing an English version of the newsletter, thus ensuring that the information is accessible to foreign employees;
  • a biannual newsletter on business ethics and internal control;
  • a monthly HSE newsletter analysing incidents both in the company and in the industry as a whole, warning of hazardous production factors and seasonal natural phenomena, providing information about risk assessment and proposed measures for risk mitigation;
  • news releases distribution through the daily news bulletin and email messages on behalf of the company’s directors;
  • distribution of printed information materials such as posters, leaflets, brochures, etc. to inform employees about various aspects of safety, operational excellence, HR issues, and upcoming events;
  • announcements, posters, and other information on special information boards in the company’s offices;
  • training workshops and information sessions to explain new procedures and programmes of the company;
  • corporate intranet site available to all employees, where they can find information on the company’s activities and documents, including policies, procedures, schedules, etc.

The 100 Workshop

The annual 100 Workshop was held in November 2018. The event is traditionally attended by more than a hundred employees. In addition to directors, the company’s leadership forum members and heads of business units, representatives of all directorates are also invited to participate in the workshop.

The results of the discussions formed the basis of the Journey Book for 2019–2023, with a focus on objectives for the next year.

6.4. Local Communities Engagement through the Company's Information Centres

The first information centre in Troitskoye village was launched ten years ago, in 2008. Currently, 23 information centres work at the district and village libraries located in the communities along the transSakhalin pipeline and near other company’s assets.

Map of Information Centres

The centres are equipped with required office equipment, computers with Internet access, and information boards. This helps meet the company’s objectives and increase the functional capacity of the libraries.

The librarians provide consultation to information centre visitors on issues related to the company’s activities during working hours.

The following activities are carried out at the information centres:

  • regularly updating materials of the company’s information boards;
  • helping people find information on the company’s website;
  • assisting the community in preparing and submitting complaints under the Community Grievance Procedure;
  • providing company’s information materials upon request.
  • These tasks require specific knowledge and skills. For this reason, all consultants attend special training every year, which include:
  • thematic lectures on the company’s areas of activity, such as environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, protection and promotion of human rights, community grievance procedure;
  • workshops that help consultants to develop professional skills in using computer and multimedia equipment, information resources provided by the company, etc.

During the workshop in 2018, the company’s specialists spoke about the status of the OPF Compression Project, the company’s contribution to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, etc. The information centre consultants took part in a festive event dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the first information centre.

Book as a Gift Project

In 2018, the annual Book as a Gift project, implemented by the company, was devoted to the customs and traditions of Russian people. The books were designed to complement the literary gifts of the previous years.

The sets of 17 books each, donated to 27 libraries of the region, included encyclopaedias, monographs, reference books, collections of maps, as well as gift editions for readers of different ages.

In 2018, Sakhalin Energy’s information centres were visited by 5,203 people. The data are presented in the Statistics of Applications to the Information Centres in 2018 chart.

Statistics of Applications to the Information Centres in 2018, %

The company shared its best practice of establishing and maintaining partnerships with Sakhalin libraries via a network of information centres at district and village libraries in the UN Global Compact International Yearbook issued in September 2018.

Sakhalin Energy was the only Russian company to have its experience showcased among 39 international examples illustrating various ways of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

6.5. Engagement with the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities (SIM)

Since its foundation, Sakhalin Energy has continuously interacted with the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities (SIM). The company considers the SIM to be a special group of stakeholders for which the issues of industrial and environmental safety, the preservation of traditional culture and economic activity are of paramount importance. Sakhalin Energy takes this into account in its operations and implementation of social programmes. The long-term partnership social programmes implemented by Sakhalin Energy are examples of the company’s activities in support of human rights. The programmes pays special attention to vulnerable groups of the population, in particular — to indigenous minorities.

Since 2006, the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan (hereinafter referred to as the SIMDP or the Plan; see Section 9.5.6.1. Goals and Structure of the SIMDP), has been the company’s main programme for interacting with indigenous ethnic groups. It is implemented in accordance with the principle of partnership between business (Sakhalin Energy), society (the Regional Council of Sakhalin Indigenous Peoples' Authorised Representatives), and government authorities (the Government of the Sakhalin Oblast). The Third Plan (2016–2020) is based on and implemented in strict compliance with international standards in respect of indigenous peoples. The implementation procedures and the governance structure of the Second and Third Plans are also in line with the requirements of the new international standards. The Plans are developed in accordance with the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

The partners of the SIMDP have demonstrated that business can fruitfully interact with indigenous peoples, which has been repeatedly noted at the federal and international levels. In particular, various government bodies have recommended, over many years, to extend the experience of the Development Plan implementation to the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

As part of the SIMDP, the company financially supports cultural and educational areas, promotes linguistic rights of indigenous peoples as a part of human rights, contributes to the preservation, development and promotion of mother tongues as bearers of the intangible cultural heritage of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities.

The How the Earth Was Born exhibition, arranged by Sakhalin Energy and the Regional Council of Sakhalin Indigenous Peoples' Authorised Representatives, won the Grand Prix at the Treasures of the North International Exhibition & Fair.

The SIMDP is the key document that Sakhalin Energy uses as a basis for its work with the SIM. In 2018, the company also implemented a number of other projects related to indigenous ethnic groups, in particular:

  • The Silhouette Magic by Semyon Nadein exhibition was opened in the Literary and Art Museum of Anton Chekhov’s Book Sakhalin Island. It worked in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk until 21 January 2018, after which it toured the local history museums of Sakhalin towns and villages — from Okha to Korsakov. More than 10,000 people visited the exhibition of works by the original Evenki artist and a series of events under the general title Around the Exhibition: excursions, workshops, a shadow performance based on Semyon Nadein’s works and a street laser show with images created by the artist. The project dedicated to Semyon Nadein was organised with the support of Sakhalin Energy and the Association of Museums of the Sakhalin Oblast (see Section 9.5.7. Silhouette Magic by Semyon Nadein (a Cultural Project)).
  • The first Mother Tongue Children and Youth Conference in the languages of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk jointly by the Association of Museums of the Sakhalin Oblast, the Sakhalin Oblast Government and Sakhalin Energy. The main event of the conference was the session, where young representatives of the indigenous ethnic groups of Sakhalin made reports in the Nivkh and Uilta languages. In addition, a fragment of Anton Chekhov’s book Sakhalin Island was translated by children into their native languages.
  • Partnership in holding the Russian North IV Youth Forum of the Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation, organised by the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, and the Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University. The forum, whose theme was The Role of Education in the Sustainable Development of the Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation, was attended by more than 200 young people representing universities, public organisations and regional ethnic associations of the indigenous peoples, youth leaders, engaged in the study, development and preservation of the socio-economic potential, traditional lifestyle and cultural values of the indigenous peoples of the North.

The Silhouette Magic by Semyon Nadein project, implemented in partnership with the Association of Museums of the Sakhalin Oblast and the Literary and Art Museum of Anton Chekhov’s Book Sakhalin Island, was awarded a diploma of the KonTEKst competition in the Social Projects category. The participants of the contest were evaluated by a jury panel, composed of leading experts from the fuel and energy sector, the country’s communications industry, representatives of the press services of energy companies in Russia and journalists from the energy pool.

6.6. Engagement with Non-governmental and Non-profit Organisations

In 2018, the company continued to cooperate with local, regional, and international public organisations in various forms, including meetings and correspondence. The key important areas of engagement include:

  • cooperation with Japanese stakeholders — the authorities of Hokkaido Island, fisheries associations and other stakeholder groups in Hokkaido — on issues related to biodiversity conservation and preparedness for oil spill response (see Section 6.7. Engagement with Japanese Stakeholders);
  • cooperation with the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in developing optimal solutions to minimise the impact on whales. Within the framework of the consultations of the Advisory Panel in 2018, there were meetings of Sakhalin Energy’s representatives with scientist members of the Panel, as well as representatives of environmental organisations included in the WGWAP as observers;
  • cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia.

6.7. Engagement with Japanese Stakeholders

Engagement with Japanese stakeholders is of special importance to Sakhalin Energy, considering the geographical proximity of Sakhalin Island to Hokkaido Island. Japanese specialists, businessmen, representatives of NGOs, fishermen, and other stakeholders are concerned about issues related to environmental aspects of the company’s activities — for example, oil spill response operations and biodiversity preservation. The company has been successful in establishing a regular, open, and constructive dialogue with Japanese stakeholders. In 2018, Sakhalin Energy participated in a number of consultations and meetings with the Japanese stakeholders, including:

  • meetings with representatives of the Hokkaido Government (February, Sapporo, Japan);
  • the International Symposium on the Sea of Okhotsk (Oil Spill Response Workshop, February, Mombetsu, Japan);
  • meeting with the Hokkaido Fisheries Environmental Centre (February, Sapporo, Japan);
  • meeting of stakeholders on safety and prevention of accidents during the navigation of tankers as part of Sakhalin projects (August, Otaru, Japan).

6.8. Engagement with Customers

The company performs its obligations under the contracts of purchase and sale of hydrocarbons, and observes the rights and interests of buyers with all due responsibility.

Maintaining and developing constructive, respectful relationships with customers help the company resolve operational challenges that arise in the course of oil and LNG contract execution, and enter into new agreements on the best terms and conditions for the parties.

The year 2018 was declared the Year of Russia in Japan and the Year of Japan in Russia.

Sakhalin Energy invited Japanese LNG buyers to visit the Cultural and Business Forum in St. Petersburg. The forum, held in late August, was attended by the top management of eight companies — regular LNG buyers: JERA, Tokyo Gas, Toho Gas, Kyushu Electric, Tohoku Electric, Osaka Gas, Hiroshima Gas, Saibu Gas, as well as Hokkaido Gas, which had signed a general agreement on the sale and purchase of spot LNG cargoes with Sakhalin Energy. The two-day programme, organised for the Japanese guests, included a business component and a cultural programme.

This visit became an important landmark in the history of the company’s cooperation with Japanese LNG buyers. The guests had a splendid opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Russia, which helped to deepen mutual understanding. The feedback received from the Japanese partners and shareholders testifies to their deep satisfaction with the results of the Forum. In general, such events contribute to further strengthening of relationships between the company and its customers.

Every year, the company holds forums with its buyers, which contribute to the development of constructive cooperation. The range of topics discussed includes the issues of LNG transportation, safety of navigation, safety of cargo operations, environmental protection, maintenance of vessels, etc.

In August 2018, the company held the 9th Annual Forum of Buyers of Sakhalin Blend Oil. Representatives of all major oil buyers in the region, including JXTG, Idemitsu, GS Caltex, Fuji Oil, Cosmo Oil, Sinochem, SIETCO, Taiyo Oil, Petro-Diamond, Unipec, and other companies, arrived in Sakhalin to attend the event. During two days of the forum, participants attended information sessions, discussed current issues of sale and supply of Sakhalin Blend oil, as well as promising areas of cooperation.

In August 2018, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk hosted the 13th Annual Conference on Maritime Hydrocarbon Transportation, focusing on the commercial transportation of oil and gas under the Sakhalin-2 project. The participants exchanged information on the main areas and current problems in the work of shipowner companies, discussed issues related to the safety of navigation in ports, the interface of ship masters with pilots and tugs, the reduction of LNG evaporation by maintaining an optimal temperature and pressure in the cargo tanks of vessels, reviewed the market of available shipyards in the region for long-term planning of the maintenance and scheduled repairs of vessels chartered by the company, and a number of other issues.

The conference was attended by representatives of seven shipowner companies that provide Sakhalin Energy with vessels on long-term and medium-term freight terms, as well as representatives of Shell and Sakhalin LNG Services.

In October 2018, the Annual LNG Buyers Forum for entities using their vessels for the transportation of LNG from the Prigorodnoye port on FOB (free-on-board) terms was held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The forum was attended by representatives of six LNG-buying companies from Japan and South Korea, as well as contractors representing the interests of buyers and the seller in the course of interaction and on board the vessels during cargo operations.

The forum covered a number of topical issues: specific features of immigration requirements for the crews of vessels in the Prigorodnoye port, safety of navigation and cargo operations in the 2018/2019 autumn and winter period, technical and operational cooperation during the LNG transportation by sea. The changes to the environmental requirements for maritime transport, introduced by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (beginning with 2020) and the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (in connection with the start of operation of sewage treatment systems on vessels) were also paid due attention. In addition, the participants discussed the technical capabilities of the receiving terminals with a view to optimising the volumes of delivered hydrocarbons, and addressed the issues of determining LNG composition and data of quality certificates in cases of two-stage shipment.

A special place in all buyers’ forums is assigned to the Goal Zero programme, aimed at further promoting the safety culture on ships and production assets of buying companies.

6.9. Engagement with State and Local Government Authorities

Sakhalin Energy actively cooperates with executive and legislative authorities on the federal, regional, and local levels.

In 2018, as in the previous years, engagement with state authorities was carried out in various formats, with the Supervisory Board (SvB) and the SvB Working Group acting as the key Sakhalin-2 project official supervisory bodies provided for by the PSA.

In addition, the company interacted with state authorities on various aspects of the project implementation at the working level. In particular, the Coordinating Council for cooperation between the Administration of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Sakhalin Energy continued its work.

Representatives of state authorities regularly participate in meetings with communities and dialogues with stakeholders, held by the company while preparing annual reports. The results of the 2018 dialogues are presented in Appendix 2. Comments and Suggestions of Stakeholders on Individual Aspects, Indicators and/or Programmes and the Company’s Response and Commitments.

In May and November 2018, two meetings of the Biodiversity Working Group of the Sakhalin Oblast Interdepartmental Environmental Council were held. The Group was established on the initiative of Sakhalin Energy in 2007. The meetings were aimed at discussing the approaches to and results of environmental monitoring and measures to reduce the impact of oil and gas companies, as well as regional environmental protection tasks set under the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy approved by the Government of the Sakhalin Oblast.

6.10. International and Regional Cooperation

In 2018, Sakhalin Energy continued to actively enhance its business reputation and strengthen its image as a socially responsible company both within and outside of the Russian Federation. Sakhalin Energy attended a number of important international and regional events, including:

Only Wings Matter : Breaking Stereotypes Photo Exhibition, 28 February, Geneva

The Only Wings Matter: Breaking Stereotypes photo exhibition took place on the sidelines of the 37th regular session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The exhibition was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva together with the Give Love to the World International Charity Fund, All-Russian Society of Disabled People, Russian Union of Art Photographers, and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made a welcoming speech at the opening ceremony. He stressed that provision of support to people with disabilities is an absolute priority of Russia's social policy. The Minister noted Sakhalin Energy for its sponsorship of the exhibition and its contribution to the development of an accessible environment for people with disabilities in Sakhalin. 

Oil and Gas Industry Supply Chain (NEFTEGAZSNAB-2018) Annual Conference, 15 March, Moscow

This is a platform for productive communication between the managers of the supply chain services of oil and gas enterprises with partners from industrial companies, which has been operating for more than ten years already. The annual conference is held with the aim of creating a transparent and open system for selecting suppliers for oil and gas companies, exchanging experience, and discussing logistical support systems for various enterprises of the industry. This is the only conference designed specifically for managers of oil and gas supply chain.

All-Russian Safety Week of Labour Protection, 9–13 April, Sochi

Being the main annual event in the field of labour safety, it is the central discussion platform to share the best world and domestic practices in the field of labour safety management systems and to analyse various injury and occupational morbidity prevention measures. The participants discussed the objectives of the state policy in the field of labour safety and improvement of the regulatory legal framework. Sakhalin Energy took an active part in the event and made a presentation on Tools for Creating a High Safety Culture: HSE Leadership, the Effective Observation and Intervention Programme.

Annual General Meeting of the International Business Congress (IBC), 26–27 April, New Delhi

The IBC includes 127 members. The Congress deals with practical issues of economic cooperation, and the development of proposals to remove obstacles and create favourable conditions for an effective and safe business environment. At the 2018 meeting, the members of the Presidium got acquainted with the Congress work results and heard the reports of the Chairmen of the Working Committees. Sakhalin Energy’s Chief Executive Officer spoke about the company’s fundamentals and potential for developing cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Towards the Sustainable Development Goals: Promotion of Sustainable Development and Decent Work International Conference, 21 May, Baku

The conference was organised by the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The conference focused on the issues related to achieving  UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, in particular the future of work, the opportunities for sustainable economic growth and comprehensive employment, the transition from the informal to formal economy, and the implementation of SDG monitoring systems.

The event was attended by representatives of more than 14 countries. Business and Sustainable Development Goals: Disclosure in Non-Financial Reporting was the title of the report made by Sakhalin Energy.

LNG Congress Russia, an Annual Congress and Exhibition, 6–8 June, Moscow

More than 300 Russian and foreign companies took part in the international event dedicated to liquefied natural gas. The strategic issues of the industry, global technologies for the production and transportation of liquefied natural gas, the implementation of LNG projects were discussed by representatives of authorities, operators of large, medium, and small-scale LNG projects, Russian and international consumers (markets of Europe and Asia-Pacific region), technology and equipment suppliers. The company presented the report titled Sakhalin as the Supplier of the Best LNG for the Asia-Pacific Markets. Sakhalin Energy’s representatives spoke about the Sakhalin-2 project achievements and plans for the future, as well as new opportunities in the face of increasing demand for LNG across the globe.

Eastern Economic Forum, 11–13 September, Vladivostok

The 4th Eastern Economic Forum was the largest event in its history. The leaders of five countries (Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, Khaltmaa Battulga, President of Mongolia, Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Lee Nak-yeon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea) met at the forum site. During the forum, the company held a number of meetings and signed a cooperation agreement with the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, an agreement of intent for offshore drill cuttings re-injection services with the Russian company AKROS, a memorandum of cooperation in the framework of the Sakhalin Oil and Gas Industrial Park construction project, a memorandum of intent on cooperation in the field of socio-economic development of the Sakhalin Oblast within the frames of the Mountain Air Sports and Tourism Complex project, and an agreement on further development and cooperation with Sovcomflot. The company also presented its booth in the exhibition pavilion of the Sakhalin Oblast. There, the representatives of the company told visitors about the Sakhalin-2 project, the main achievements of Sakhalin Energy, and the prospects for cooperation and employment.

Sakhalin Oil and Gas International Conference, 27–29 September, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Traditionally, Sakhalin Energy was one of the main newsmakers at the conference, reporting on the Sakhalin-2 project progress, its production indicators, marketing activities, the development of Russian content, and the status of work on the creation of the Sakhalin Oil and Gas Industrial Park. Sakhalin Energy’s Production Director addressed the participants of the News of Oil and Gas Projects session. He stressed that the company’s performance had remained consistently high for many years. One of the sessions was fully devoted to corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues — for the first time in the 22-year history of the conference. The participants also discussed business processes optimisation, technological problems and their solutions, strategies for further development of projects in the Far East.

St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, 2–5 October, St. Petersburg

The event was attended by 16,500 people, including 5,000 delegates from 51 countries. The Role and Place of Gas in the Energy Balance of the World Economy plenary session was the central event of the forum. Representatives of Gazprom, OMV, Uniper, CNPC, Shell, ENGIE, and Verbundnetz Gas participated in the dialogue. Sakhalin Energy’s delegation took part in a number of sessions and conferences, and also held a series of meetings with representatives of the business community. The meeting participants reviewed the current status of the Sakhalin-2 project, discussed issues related to technology development, import substitution, petrochemistry, as well as a wide range of potential areas of cooperation.

Marine Mammals of the Holarctic International Conference, 29 October–2 November, Arkhangelsk

The conference brought together more than 200 participants from Russia, Japan, the USA, Canada, the CIS, and Europe. The programme of the event included sections and round tables devoted to the study and protection of gray whales, Atlantic walruses, beluga whales of the White Sea, seals residing in closed water bodies, and other species of marine mammals of the Holarctic — a biogeographic region that covers most of the Northern Hemisphere. The participants talked about imposing limits on fishing in the feeding areas and the use of fishing nets, reducing the negative impact of navigation, and preventing the pollution of marine animals habitat; they also discussed issues related to the exploration and development of offshore oil and gas fields in the Russian Arctic.

World LNG Summit, 28–30 November, Lisbon

This is the world’s largest LNG conference. The event is devoted to changes that have occurred in the world, the creation of new gas liquefaction facilities, and the prospects for the development of the LNG industry across the globe. The Summit also focused on positioning LNG as a commercially attractive fuel that can actively compete with other fuels. More than 12,000 people from more than 100 countries took part in the conference.

United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, 26–28 November, Geneva

The event was attended by more than 2,000 participants — representatives of governments, businesses, public organisations, legal institutions, trade unions, UN bodies, etc. At the invitation of the organisers, Sakhalin Energy held a session at the sidelines of the forum, which was devoted to monitoring compliance with human rights standards by contractors and subcontractors. The topic of respecting human rights in supply chains is one of the key issues on the international agenda, and has a wide range of aspects.

Offshore Oil and Gas Contracts: NEFTEGAZSHELF-2018, Annual Conference, 5 December, Moscow

Participants of the conference discussed the challenges and prospects of work on the Russian continental shelf, the issues of attracting foreign partners to the transfer of technology, the development of contractors, and the formation of integrator companies. Sakhalin Energy presented the company’s achievements in the development of the Russian content under the Sakhalin-2 project and highlighted the range of opportunities for potential project participants.

Days of the Far East Conference and Festival, 13–15 December, Moscow

The festival was held under the motto The Far East: Russia’s Youth. Young people who came to the Expocentre were able to get information about the regions, to meet with employers and representatives of the Far East universities, to attend lectures delivered by leading speakers and bloggers, to take vocational guidance tests, and to get professional career counselling. At the Sakhalin Oblast booth, the company’s representatives introduced the festival visitors to the Sakhalin-2 project and informed them about employment opportunities at the company. The event, which was attended by more than 25,000 people, represented all regions of the Far East.

Russian Business and Human Rights Round Table, 20 December, Moscow

The event was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was attended by representatives of federal authorities, as well as international organisations and companies operating on the territory of the Russian Federation.  The round table was organised jointly by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE), Global Compact Network Russia, and Sakhalin Energy. The participants learned about the experience of Russian business in respecting and promoting human rights.

Sakhalin Energy’s participation in prestigious Russian and international forums allows the company to identify and apply advanced Russian and international experience and best practices in the field of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, and helps to maintain its leading positions in various areas of activity.