Sustainability with our partners

Ever since our beginnings in 1864, we have worked with partners to safeguard life, property and the environment.

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As part of our vision to have a global impact for a safe and sustainable future, we support the UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 on partnerships.

We strive to act faster and achieve more through collaboration. We fund and provide technical expertise in local and global partnerships, focusing on climate, social and governance innovation.

United Nations Global Compact

DNV GL joined the UN Global Compact in 2003 and is committed to embedding the ten principles for sustainable business in its corporate strategy, management system and day-to-day operations. We base our sustainability strategy and tactical plan on these principles, and have aligned our annual report with this framework. 

We assessed the impact of the UN Global Compact to mark its 15 year anniversary in 2015. Learn more here.

Climate Technology Centre and Network

Since 2014, we have supported the Climate Technology Centre and Network's (CTCN) operations by utilizing our extensive experience in technology transfer, knowledge management and capacity building.

We also facilitate private sector involvement in the Centre’s network to stimulate technology cooperation among developed and developing countries. CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Learn more here.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

We have been a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) since 2000. We currently engage in several programmes and the Action2020 roadmap platform to explore and deploy new technologies and solutions.

Our EVP and Chief Group Development Officer David Walker is a member of the Climate and Energy cluster board. Learn more here.

Global Opportunity Network 

The Global Opportunity Network is an initiative from DNV GL, the UN Global Compact and the Monday Morning Global Institute. Created in 2013, the network includes companies, governments and individuals. It is an arena for DNV GL to build business and competence, and to share insights.

Each year, more than 200 experts on five continents attend eight panels to discuss the opportunities that emerge from five of the biggest sustainability risks currently facing the world. Their insights are tested against the opinions of 5,000 private and public sector leaders through an online survey. The results are presented in the annual Global Opportunity Report. Learn more here.


We are one of the founding partners of Sustainia, a sustainability think-tank working to scale the deployment of innovative solutions. As well as financial support, we have helped identify more than 3,200 sustainable solutions for private and public sectors in 150 countries over the past four years. Learn more here

Red Cross

Since 2004, we have partnered with the Red Cross with the objectives of strengthening their capacity to carry out humanitarian work and creating opportunities for our employees to volunteer for Red Cross projects. Our partnership involves annual financial contributions to the Norwegian, Dutch and UK Red Cross organizations, as well as extraordinary donations.

Our employees also provide expertise to selected Red Cross projects that are related to our core business. Through this, we aim to make a positive contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals goals on access to clean water and sanitation, as well as the development of sustainable cities and communities. Learn more here.


We have been OnePlanetBusiness partners with WWF since 2012, with the aim of ensuring a safe and sustainable future where biodiversity and ecological processes are conserved and resources are used sustainably. The partnership also serves as an arena to build competence and challenge each other on the subjects of Low Carbon Society and Climate Change Adaptation. Through this, we aim to make a positive contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals on renewable energy, climate action and life on land. Learn more here.

Sustainability through partnership
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