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  • Start: since 2009 and ongoing
  • Country: Romania
  • Partners: over 50 NGOs and local institutions yearly (eg. NESsT, Foundation for Civil Society Development, Leaders Foundation)
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No poverty, 4 – Quality education, 8 – Decent work and economic growth, 10 – Reduced inequalities, 11 – Sustainable cities and communities, 17 – Partnerships for the goals

Objectives

  • Support local communities in enhancing the local economic development
  • Support and finance projects to encourage efficiency and responsible use of natural resources in the communities
  • Support and contribute to the development of vocational education programs in local communities

Description

Andrei’s Country is OMV Petrom’s social responsibility online platform – www.taraluiandrei.ro  (Romanian).

Andrei’s Country is a collection of programs that help communities achieve wellbeing through their own efforts. It is a source of inspiration, built to motivate and support community change.

A large part of Andrei’s Country is financing competitions for sustainable, community-changing projects, submitted by their own members. Projects are rated through voting and by a dedicated jury.

Since 2009, through Andrei’s Country, OMV Petrom supports the projects that inspire the Romanian communities to take action and change their lives in key domains: accessing non-formal education, protecting the environment, supporting entrepreneurship.

Activities

The present flagship project is Vocational Romania - a campaign launched in 2015 to support the vocational education in Romania. Through this program, OMV Petrom aims to raise awareness on the importance of crafts in developing a country and to find solutions for the education of the future craftsmen. It includes several programs and activities:

  • Vocational Summer Camp from Andrei's Country: Seven days of personal and professional development workshops for teachers and students in IX-XI grades from vocational high schools.
  • Oilmen's School: We created six vocational classes with 168 students in the oil and gas domain in three high schools across Romania. We also upgrade the technical schools´ infrastructure on a yearly basis and provide at least one training session for teachers.
  • Craftsman’s Sandwich: A fundraising campaign carried out in Petrom fuel stations for endowing a technical laboratory workshop for students in the vocational education system.
  • Stakeholders’ workshops on education: Workshops and debates with all relevant stakeholders to identify solutions to improve the vocational education system in Romania.

Some other activities in Andrei´s country:

  • Ideas from Andrei’s Country – 2013 - present: National competition through which we finance sustainable ideas for environment, education and community development. Individuals, NGOs, public and educational institutions from any region in Romania can apply to the competition.
  • Made in Andrei’s Country – 2013-2017: The biggest social entrepreneurship competition in Romania aimed to offer grants for business start-ups of EUR 35.000, feasibility studies and technical preparation for the selected finalists and 1 year business incubation and capacity building for the grant winners.
  • Andrei’s School – 2009-2014: We invited teachers and middle school kids to become leaders for their communities by offering them a competition of projects on several domains: education, culture, community involvement, environment and entrepreneurship. The reward? Grants to make the best ideas come true. Also, winning teams attended Andrei’ s Country Summer Camp, where they could learn by playing how to implement an eco-civic project or an entrepreneurial project.
  • Your Town and Petrom Town – 2009-2012: The first two competitions for community projects in which citizens and OMV Petrom employees could come up with solutions for problems in their community. Each month, OMV Petrom offered a EUR 10.000 grant for the initiative with the highest rating.
  • Trees Plantings in Andrei’s Country - 2010 – 2012: Andrei’s Country started to be known for the massive reforestations made in areas exposed to the danger of landslides, snowfall blockages, desertification or other natural disasters. Over 3,860 volunteers (among them 360 Petrom employees) participated in the tree planting.

Everybody is welcomed to join www.taraluiandrei.ro (Romanian) as it is a community for those who strive for a better Romania.

  • Start: 2018
  • Country: Romania
  • Partner: RO SMART national project competition 
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility 
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3 – Good health and wellbeing, 4 – Quality education, 11 – Sustainable cities and communities

Objective 

  • Enable the improvement of education, health, environment and infrastructure in Romanian communities by implementing innovative project solutions

Description

"RO SMART in Andrei's Country" is a national competition for innovative technology and digitalization projects. In 2019, 12 education, health, environment and infrastructure projects won a public competition from a total of 110 applications. The judging process consisted of a public vote and the evaluation by a 13 expert jury. Each project will be implemented within one year. OMV Petrom will grant them with a total funding of EUR 500,000 and mentoring support from OMV Petrom employees.

Among the winning projects:

  • Smart School of Ciugud (Alba county)  Increasing school interactivity between students, teachers and parents
  • Education at Height (Hunedoara Mountains) – Support of pupils from isolated schools by enabling virtual lessons
  • Kidibot (Bucharest) – Development of the Kidibot educational platform to encourage children to read and learn through informative quizzes and games
  • Me and my future (Bucharest) – Improving access to Life Skills Development Modules by Junior Achievement for 10,000 pupils from 100 mostly disadvantaged areas
  • Robotica at home (Bucharest) – Development of the first online robotic course in Romania allowing people to explore this technical field free of charge
  • Map for Living Road (Bucharest) – Improving access to the labor market for disadvantaged young people by creating an online library to accelerate their career discovery
  • My Smart Hospital (Bihor County) – Aiming to reduce the waiting time in the Maghita hospital by using a software application
  • Digital Therapy for Autism – Improving the recovery and integration of children with autism and other developmental disabilities through digitalization and virtual reality
  • Experimental device for assessment of hand recovery activities (Bucharest) – Providing a customizable device to support the recovery of injured hands
  • Intelligent Campus (Bucharest) – Increasing the energy efficiency on campus and implementing renewable energy solutions by the Polytechnic University of Bucharest
  • Green City Lab (Vacaresti Natural Park) – Mapping of the ecosystem services to facilitate the access of information about the Vacaresti Natural Park’s contribution to life quality
  • Platform 4B (Bucharest) – Improvement of the 4B waste-collecting platform by sending notifications to responsible authorities to collect waste
  • Start: since 2011 and ongoing
  • Country: Romania
  • Partners: Foundation for Civil Society Development, Local Authorities and communities of: Suplacu & Marghita, Poboru, Bustuchin, Talpa, Poeni & Silistea, Manesti, Baicoi, Boldesti Scaeni, Telega, Moinesti & Zemes, Schela and Isalnita
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Society
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4 – Quality education, 8 – Decent work and economic growth, 17 – Partnerships for the goals

Objectives 

  • Enhance local NGOs' organizational development through capacity building and promoting a stronger organizational culture
  • Development of Rroma communities to improve living and education standards, school attendance and job access through education and social initiatives


Description

We give support to twelve NGOs in 14 OMV Petrom hotspot communities in order to continue our approach of guiding local communities and local authorities towards transparent dialogue for long term development thinking, capacity building of people skills and economic growth opportunities.
The program starts with one joint workshop where Community Based Organizations (CBOs) exchange experiences. Additionally, six Community development projects are invited to compete for a grant competition.
Furthermore, Rroma communities are supported through a one-year program that supports pupils one year after school. It prepares them to enter the labor market. Additionally we implement another social initiative in Boldesti.

Activities

  • Organizational and skills development (human resources, finance and accounting, social media) through volunteering of OMV Petrom employees
  • Support of CBOs to develop an Annual Operational Plan for Community Development
  • Initiation of a project writing workshop before the grants competition and continue knowledge sharing via experience exchange sessions
  • Increase involvement and support of local authorities
  • Creation of a communication platform for all CBOs (newsletters and info on external grant opportunities)
  • Improvement of relationship with external stakeholders by engaging in common projects for our communities
  • Support of a self-sustaining development of the communities where we operate
  • Support to develop community projects to obtain external or internal funds

More details here.

  • Start: 2017 until 2020
  • Country: Romania
  • Partners: NGO “Dăruiește Viață” (English: Give Life Association). Their main goal is to challenge the status quo and improve the Romanian hematology-oncology healthcare system, so that cancer patients can survive and live longer
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3 – Good Health and Well-Being, 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Objectives 

  • Provide access to all pediatric services required for the general treatment of children with cancer (surgery, orthopaedics, cardiology, neurosurgery, ENT etc.)
  • Contribute to the development of medical infrastructures, for children with cancer, in Romania


Description
 

We support the Romanian NGO "Dăruiește Viață" in providing and developing medical infrastructure needed to diagnose and treat pediatric cancer. It is estimated that more than 500 children are diagnosed with cancer in Romania every year - more than half of them are treated in Bucharest, in the two existing centres, which cannot adequately meet the needs.

Half of the 10 million euros provided by OMV Petrom will be used to purchase medical and radiological equipment or CT equipment and operating equipment as well as training materials for the medical staff. The other half will be used for electrical installations, sanitary installations and interior design. It will operate as a public hospital within the existing Marie Curie Hospital.

The new hospital will be able to treat more than 300 children each year and perform over 9,600 oncological and non-oncological surgeries at Western European standards.

  • Start: March 2019
  • Country: Romania
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility, Carbon Efficiency
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 13 – Climate Action, 3 – Good Health and Well-Being

Objectives 

  • Enhance local environmental quality
  • Take Climate Action
  • Strengthen the teambuilding at OMV Petrom

Description

In spring 2019, 170 of our colleagues from OMV Petrom gathered at West Ploiesti Municipal Park a logistical area in Bucarest, Romania, to plant 1,500 trees. The planted tree species were chosen to suit the rocky soil and endure changes in local climate: Elm, Ash, Acacia, Maple and Birch.

Southeastern Europe is one of the regions most affected by climate change, primarily due to an increase of the average annual air temperature and irregular precipitation patterns. Having planted 1,500 trees will aid global climate action with processing about 3.8 tons of CO2 per year, as well as enhancing local air, soil and water quality.

  • Start: 2019
  • Country: Romania
  • Partners: Energy Policy Group (EPG), National Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE), Polytechnic University of Bucharest (UPB), Romanian Standards Association (ASRO)
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

Objectives 

  • To contribute to the development and consolidation of a culture of energy efficiency in Romania
  • To increase the energy efficiency of buildings owned by the Romanian State through education programs
  • To implement a feasibility study that will generate functional, technological and constructive solutions in order to have a quantified description for buildings owned by the Romanian State, where concrete works to increase energy performance will be carried out

Description

Romania Eficienta is a comprehensive multi-annual education, information and public awareness program on energy efficiency in buildings.

Activities

  • Raise awareness and create a culture in energy efficiency through public campaigns and educational programs
  • Implement an integrated educational, information and public awareness program and to develop policy recommendations for the decision-makers on energy efficiency.
  • Improve energy efficiency of 5 buildings owned by the Romanian State and energy audits.

Background

Over 80% of the buildings in Romania were built before the 1990s and therefore have a low energy performance. Yearly consumption often ranges between 180 and 400 kWh per sqm. With extensive renovation, energy consumption be reduced by 40% to below 100 kW per sqm, which can not only lead to significant savings but also a positive impact on the environment.

As the largest player on the Romanian energy market, OMV Petrom endorses the Energy Policy Group (EPG) “Romania Eficienta” program. The program aims to promote energy efficiency at the national level, through public information campaigns, education programs and financing of projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of public buildings. OMV Petrom will contribute EUR 4 mn to this program in the period 2019-2022.


More info: www.omvpetrom.com/news