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Jun
21

Sakhalin Energy’s 2012 Sustainable Development Policy

Sakhalin Energy has released its 2012 Sustain Development Policy.  Below are excerpts from the introduction:

Sakhalin Energy shares approach along with the
principles and provisions of ISO 26000: 2010 standard
Guidance on Social Responsibility containing the
following definition of social responsibility for any
type of organisation, whether commercial company,
state organisation or non-profit organisation: “The
responsibility of an organisation for the impacts of its
decisions and activities on society and the environment,
through transparent and ethical behaviour that
contributes to sustainable development including
health and the welfare of society, takes into account
the expectations of stakeholders, is in compliance
with applicable law and consistent with international
norms of behaviour, and is integrated throughout the
organisation and practiced in its relationships”.

The concept of SD is about ensuring that “the needs of
the present generation are met without compromising
the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs” . Sakhalin Energy adopts this widely followed
definition of SD.

This SD Policy has been pursued throughout the entire
duration of the Sakhalin-2 project by incorporating
SD principles into the business policies, plans and
processes of the Company. In this sense, sustainable
development presumes and ensures economic
effectiveness, environmental safety, social justice
and ethical behaviour, combined with an overall
reduction of human impact on the biosphere. That is
implemented via strong, transparent, constructive and
systematic co-operation and two-way communication
with all groups of stakeholders. Such cooperation has
proved to be the backbone of our success.

Measures implemented by Sakhalin Energy in the
framework of the SD Policy over the last years resulted
in considerable achievements:

• On the basis of the best Russian and international
experience with attracting stakeholders to open
and honest discussion the detailed system of
standards and commitments in health, safety,
environmental and social spheres (please see
Health, Safety, Environmental and Social Action
Plan) was developed.

• SD principles have been embedded into business
policies, plans, procedures and processes.
• The processes of regular provision of information
to stakeholders and reporting on the CSR
performance and fulfilment of the HSESAP
commitments have been implemented to ensure
openness and transparency.

• Internal and independent external verification and
monitoring have been implemented to ensure that
the HSESAP commitments are being complied
with measures of informing stakeholders and
public about the results of the compliance checks
have been implemented.

• Efficient engagement with stakeholders with the
special focus on project affected communities
and vulnerable groups has been ensured. The
implementation of the community – Company
dialogue process aiming at open transparent
relations not only contributes to the efficient
Sakhalin-2 project implementation but also is the
necessary prerequisite for further development in
the region.

• Three-level system of direct communication with
communities is a unique mechanism developed
and tested by the Company: information exchange
with stakeholders happens at each level of
organization and between them. The system levels
are Company, community liaison organization and
information centres based in local libraries in 23
Sakhalin communities.

• The Company has allocated significant amount
of social investments in Sakhalin Oblast. These
initiatives aimed at solving topical problems have
contributed to real increase of life quality; a number
of social programmes have been singled out as
complying with the best Russian and international
SD/CSR practice.

Sakhalin Energy’s 2012 Sustainable Development Policy can be found here

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