Sakhalin Energy is taking part in Sustainable Development Week held in Moscow on June 17–24.Sakhalin Energy is taking part in Sustainable Development Week held in Moscow on June 17–24.
The main venue on the opening day of the forum was the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. During the round-table discussion Best Corporate Practices in Sustainable Development, leading experts in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility talked about business approaches to and tools for sustainable development management, the influence of stakeholders on the formation of organisations’ agenda, the challenges of promotion of Russian business internationally and relevant experience of Russian companies.
“We started off small, but the project has expanded, and now we have enough content for a whole week of events. Our participants are the companies where sustainable development is part of the strategy,” said Svetlana Gerasimova, Programme Director of the Strategies and Practices of Sustainable Development Project Office.
Most experts point out that the use of integrated business models and innovations is currently rare and is part of few companies’ success stories. But such cases do exist, and domestic business has something to be proud of.
“Corporate social responsibility and sustainable development is one of the key priorities of our company. Naturally, we work closely with our colleagues and learn from their experience. Sustainable Development Week is one of the best places to do that,” said Natalya Gonchar, Head of the Sakhalin Energy Information Support and Media Liaison Subdivision. In her report, Natalya told about non-financial reporting, including that on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
“In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a new international agenda, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It is remarkable because the SDGs are addressed not only to governments, but also to business, civil society and all individuals. In light of this, we started the work on the SDGs as early as at the end of 2015, and this work still goes on,” said Natalya Gonchar.
The expert pointed out that all the SDGs are interconnected contribute to the sustainable future of our planet. But often, people not directly involved in this topic associate the very concept of sustainable development with the SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth. “It is not surprising that in open dialogues and meetings with the public we are asked to include the corresponding information in the report,” added Natalya Gonchar.
One of Sakhalin Energy’s key current projects which is inextricably linked with Goal 8 and the development of the host region is the construction of the Sakhalin Oil and Gas Industrial Park, whose foundation was laid on December 14 last year. The park is expected to become a technical competences centre for oil and gas companies, which will locally provide key services to the industry, and these services will also be available for other businesses in the island.
Sustainable Development Week has been held since 2016 as an Education & Practice event with the support of leading Russian and international experts. It aims to provide the participants with deep insight into the current agenda of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. The event brings together representatives of businesses, non-profit organisations, the public sector, the educational community, etc. The event is organised by the Moscow International Higher Business School MIRBIS, the Strategies and Practices of Sustainable Development Project Office and Social Leadership Development Foundation with the support of the National Network of the Global Compact and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
18 June 2019