Our commitment to social responsiblity

Commited to human and labor rights

International Framework Agreement

Through the International Framework Agreement, Aker and its industrial companies have committed to respecting and supporting fundamental human rights and trade union rights in the countries in which the portfolio companies operate. The applicable principles are laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Aker is committed to promoting a safe and healthy working environment and has committed itself to this through the framework agreement. Together with the industrial portfolio companies, Aker also uses its influence to ensure that the portfolio companies’ supply chains and customers comply with the principles set out in the agreement.

Global Works Council

Aker has a global cooperation council in which the company, employee representatives and industrial portfolio companies are represented, the Global Works Council (GWC). Aker’s CEO and the operative companies’ top management participate actively in the GWC dialogue and two formal GWC conferences has been held in 2020. The GWC brings together liaison bodies' representatives from Angola, Brazil, England, Germany, India, Malaysia, Norway, Scotland, and the U.S.

Aker’s group employee representative and head of the GWC, Atle Tranøy, together with Aker CEO Øyvind Eriksen and employee representatives


We invest in our employees

It is Aker’s ambition to maintain a good working environment with high levels of well-being, low levels of absence to due illness and generally ensure and retain a highly skilled and motivated workforce. Read more about our commitment to our employees in our annual ESG Report. Download at the bottom of this web page. Across the portfolio companies, employees have access to health and wellness programs. Aker Active promotes physical activity and measures to improve health for all Aker and the portfolio companies’ employees.

In 2019, Aker ASA had 43 employees and a healthiness rate of 99.32 per cent (equivalent to a sick leave of 0.68%). All Aker-owned companies had a total of 21 865 employees and a healthiness rate of 97.37 per cent in 2019.

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Aker Active

In its ownership capacity, Aker is focused on ensuring that the companies have able, motivated and healthy employees that enjoy good and professional working conditions. This helps promote a diverse, inclusive and positive working environment. Across the portfolio companies, employees have access to health and wellness programs. Aker Active promotes physical activity and measures to improve health for all Aker and the portfolio companies’ employees.

In 2019, Aker ASA had 43 employees and a healthiness rate of 99.32 per cent (equivalent to a sick leave of 0.68%). All Aker-owned companies had a total of 21 865 employees and a healthiness rate of 97.37 per cent in 2019.

We invest in our communities

Aker is a driving force for the development of knowledge-based industry that creates value for shareholders, customers and society. We are commited to social responsibility and want to have a positive impact on the people around us, and show this through our investments in Aker Scholarship and the VI Foundation.

Read more about the two initiatives below.

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Stiftelsen VI

Stiftelsen VI (the VI Foundation) works to ensure that people with disabilities are given the same opportunities to perform as non-disabled. The ambition is to make the foundation a resource and knowledge-hub for opportunities and rights for people with disabilities.

Aker is one of several VI foundation companies and has committed to contribute NOK 10 million over a five-year period. In addition, nine of our portfolio companies contribute NOK 10 million each to the VI foundation to support measures and activities for people with disabilities over a five-year period, bringing total donations up to NOK 100 million.

Read more at: www.stiftelsenvi.no
Aker Scholarship gives students the opportunity to gain world-class impulses, networks and knowledge.
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Aker Scholarship

Aker Scholarship awards grants to Master and Ph.D. students who can make a difference in the development of industry and society at large.
Aker Scholarship gir studenter muligheten til å få impulser, nettverk og kunnskap i verdensklasse. I løpet av fire år har 99 studenter fått stipend, 24 av disse fikk tildelt stipend i 2019. Stipendier gis til master- og doktorgradsstudenter ved noen av verdens mest anerkjente universiteter.


Stipendiet tildeles studenter fra alle fag- og kunnskapsområder med evner, dokumentert samfunnsengasjement og personlig potensial. En akademisk komite vurderer de akademiske kvalifikasjonene til kandidatene. Støtten gis for hele studieperioden, og vil supplere andre ordninger slik at stipendiaten samlet blir fullfinansiert, inkludert bo- og levekostnader, under oppholdet. Studentene vil dermed ha muligheten til å være gjeldfrie etter endt utdanning.

Read more at: www.akerscholarship.no