From vision to impact

Safer, smarter and greener solutions

Our vision of having a global impact for a safe and sustainable future expresses our ambition and sets the direction of our business. Our commitment to customers and society is driven by our purpose. Guided by our values, we strive to do the right things and to do things right.

Our purpose

To safeguard life, property and the environment

Our vision

Global impact for a safe and sustainable future

Our values

We build trust and confidence
We never compromise on quality or integrity
We are committed to teamwork and innovation
We care for our customers and each other
We embrace change and deliver results

How do we turn our purpose and vision into impact?

In two ways. Firstly, we work to ensure our operations are as responsible and sustainable as possible, focusing on minimizing our operational impact. In 2018, we have ensured that our operations are carbon neutral. We are guided by the principles of the UN Global Compact and we seek continual improvement through ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified management systems for environment and safety.

Our second, and far greater, impact is through the services we provide to our customers. Across our business areas our products, services and expertise help customers be more efficient, safer and more sustainable. We dedicate significant resources into research and partnerships that deliver insight into today’s sustainability challenges. The findings feed into our work for customers and are often made freely available where they can be of benefit to a wider group of stakeholders.

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

DNV GL supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are well aligned with our purpose, vision and values. We aim to use this framework to create customer value through solving societal needs.

We are a resolute supporter of the SDGs. We provide strong business solutions supporting a number of the goals. See our sustainable innovations for examples on how we contribute to reaching the Goals, with a particular focus on reaching SDG 7, 9 and 13.

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG 13: Climate action

Going forward, we are working on many projects in support of Goals 3, 12 and 14.

SDG 3: Good health and well-being
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
SDG 14: Life below water

See how we make an impact in the Market section. 

Helping other businesses evaluate their impact

Beyond our own business and the services we provide to customers, we support the SDGs more widely through research and partnerships. Alongside the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), we conducted a global survey of WBCSD members and Global Network partners to explore how businesses are working to align activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Business and SDGs report gives insights into companies’ current approach, their plans and the barriers that need to be overcome. 
We have also developed the SDG Lens, a freely-available self-assessment tool that helps companies better understand their potential contribution to the SDGs. It reveals the individual SDGs and associated targets in priority order based on a company’s potential to influence the Goals and become more sustainable. A wider aim of the SDG Lens is to build a community of business users, providing insight into the SDGs and targets commonly prioritised by peer groups and sectors.