Value to society


According to the United Nations, the world has ten years to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving them requires a ramping up of ambition and rapid, concerted action to change the systems that we operate in, including energy, healthcare, food, finance, transport and manufacturing. Our vision commits us to tackling these transformations and we can best achieve this in partnership with others.

Why it matters

Our purpose and vision establish a dual ambition for sustainability – to be sustainable in how we operate and how we make a difference with our customers and other partners. Our vision also commits us to tackling global transformations. But the scale of many of today’s sustainability challenges means they cannot be tackled in isolation.

Society’s challenges are global in nature and delivering solutions with global reach can be best achieved by combining knowledge, ideas and effort across sectors, disciplines and borders.

As a knowledge-based organization, we constantly need to learn, be challenged and inspired by other organizations, and in turn to challenge and inspire them. Collaboration and partnership are the best ways to achieve this.

We have a long history of working on projects of shared interest with our customers, suppliers and competitors in industry associations, and on initiatives at national, regional and global levels. We strive to bring our primary skillsets – technical expertise and market foresight – into our collaborations to help create sustainable business solutions.

Industry partnerships

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UN Global Compact

DNV is a signatory to the UN Global Compact. We are committed to embedding the ten principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption into our corporate strategy, management system and our day-to-day operations. Our annual report acts as our Communication on Progress, outlining our progress against the ten principles and the Sustainable Development Goals.

During 2020, we collaborated with the UN Global Compact to create the report ‘Uniting business in a Decade of Action’. The report looks at two decades of corporate sustainability progress and what needs to happen to accelerate progress towards the SDGs in the Decade of Action.

DNV is a founding member of the UN Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business. In 2020, we produced the report ‘Ocean Stewardship 2030’. The report provides a roadmap for addressing five critical areas for healthy and productive oceans, including sustainable seafood, decarbonized shipping, ocean electricity, ending waste entering the ocean and ocean data collection.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

DNV has been an active member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) since 1999. Our Group President and CEO was re-elected as a member of its Executive Committee in 2020. We use our membership of the WBCSD as a platform to advocate for more sustainable and responsible business practices globally.

In 2020, we joined working groups to contribute to WBCSD’s Vision 2050 project, tasked with identifying a pathway to a world in which nine billion people can live well and within the planet’s boundaries by mid-century. The project is analyzing the consequences of significant social, economic and political shifts and providing the business community with the positive, opportunity-based, action agenda it needs to achieve the SDGs and progress beyond these. Vision 2050 was officially launched in March 2021.

We have also engaged in projects on enabling a more circular economy and a COVID-19-inspired focus on improving food and health care supply chains. In 2021, DNV will also join projects focusing on energy systems and implementing the SDGs.

The Red Cross

DNV has partnered with the Red Cross since 2004, a commitment that was renewed for two years at the end of 2020. We make an annual financial contribution of NOK 2,000,000 to the Norwegian Red Cross and ad hoc donations to specific projects, including providing consultancy services of NOK 500,000 each year. We aim to strengthen the Red Cross’ capacity to carry out humanitarian work and create opportunities for our employees to volunteer their technical, digital, safety and sustainability expertise to Red Cross projects.

We have also worked closely with the Norwegian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross in Geneva to help them utilize data and digital technologies.

Our data specialists have provided training in data management and quality and assisted with competency development. In 2020, we provided advisory services to help develop their digital strategy and anchor it throughout the global Red Cross Red Crescent organization.

We presented at the Red Cross’ Digital Transformation workshop (February 2020) and joined digital consultation meetings from March onwards. In return, we learned much about large scale organizations’ needs around measurement, data management, and digital transformation. We have also contributed to climate accounting and the climate conference Climate:RED.

Partnerships for sustainability