Sakhalin Energy's social and environmental projects were included in the first Russian Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda until 2030.
On 14 July, Maxim Reshetnikov, the Head of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development presented overview at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York. “We have tried to show the best Russian solutions that we are ready to share with our partners around the world,” mentioned the Minister in his report.
The document was drafted under the general coordination of the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation together with the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rosstat (Russian Federal State Statistics Service) and other federal authorities and organisations concerned. Representatives of business entities contributed and shared their practices and initiatives related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This resulted in the publication of more than 40 successful cases of Russian enterprises, including the Sakhalin Energy practice. In particular, the experts noted the cooperation with indigenous peoples, including the application of the principle of free, prior and informed consent as contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Biodiversity Action Plan.
In addition, the section “The Role of Business in Achieving SDGs” notes the company's participation in the UN international initiative for business – Sakhalin Energy has a high status of sustainable corporate leadership in the UN Global Compact on a par with 34 other international companies.
In the Russian Federation, the demonstration of progress towards SDGs has been adopted as a nationwide commitment. Such reviews shall include the opinions of indigenous peoples, civil society, the private sector and other parties concerned in accordance with national circumstances, strategies and priorities. Since 2016, more than 160 countries have submitted them.
The sustainable development goals were adopted by all UN member states in September 2015 as a world agenda until 2030, aimed at improving the well-being and prosperity of all the world population and protecting our planet. Sakhalin Energy's activities are included in this agenda – the company aims its efforts at respect for human rights issues in the areas of operation (engagement with the community, sustainable development partnership, complaint resolution), compliance with occupational safety and health standards, biodiversity conservation, etc. The company's social and environmental practice proves that achieving SDGs is one of the priorities for Sakhalin Energy.
15 July 2020