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Participants of the Sakhalin Oil and Gas 2021 Conference Discussed the Reference Points to Deliver the UN SDG and National Projects

Within the framework of the Sakhalin Oil and Gas 2021 Far Eastern Energy Forum, various aspects of achieving the UN Sustainability Development Goals and national projects, including the growing role of businesses in implementing global societal challenges, were discussed, apart from industry-specific topics.

As the session moderator Vadim Kovalev, First Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Managers of Russia, put it, while the business society generally had no doubts about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and national projects, and was willing to move in this direction, many companies were not quite aware of the best place to start and who to look up to. 

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For such representatives of the business community, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE), as well as the autonomous non-profit organisation National Priorities are ready to provide guidance.

According to Elena Feoktistova, Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship at RUIE, Russia already has examples of businesses that have dedicated many years to achieving the SDGs and accumulated vast experience in this area. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs is always there to provide advice and guidance. 

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According to Margarita Sereda, Deputy General Director for Partnership Projects at National Priorities, in early 2021, the organisation carried out an analysis of corporate practices included in the RUIE library. Special emphasis was put on aligning corporate social engagement with the goals and objectives of the federal programmes implemented as part of the national projects. Seven Russian companies, including Sakhalin Energy, were awarded the status of National Project Partner for their work.

“Nowadays, our country needs responsible companies willing to invest in social projects. And we in our turn strive to show business fr om the new aspect, demonstrate its significant role, and build it into the general agenda of national goals and projects," said Margarita Sereda.

Yulia Glavinskaya, Minister of Public Administration of the Sakhalin Oblast, spoke about the close correlation of the SDGs and the national projects. In her words, they are both reflected in regional strategic projects and programmes for the social and economic development of the island, the implementation of which depends not only on the efforts of public authorities, but also of Sakhalin businesses.

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According to Natalia Gonchar, Head of Corporate Affairs Department, Press Secretary at Sakhalin Energy, the SDG philosophy is in line with business priorities, wh ere the emphasis is placed on optimising and boosting the efficiency of all its processes. “The same refers to national projects. Jointly with the SDGs, they create a shared vector of sustainable development at the international and federal levels, with a practical manifestation in the regions. And most importantly, such work brings together the efforts of authorities, businesses, and society," underlined Natalia Gonchar.

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30 September 2021

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