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 committed to our responsibility and want to have a positive impact on the people around us, and show this through our investments innovation and our support to the WE Foundation. Read more about the WE Foundation below.
Investing in innovation
Aker has invested in innovative companies in oil and gas, renewable energy, green technologies, marine biotechnology and industrial software. These investments are in sectors with dynamic development opportunities and positive potential for growth. All of our portfolio companies have a strong and sustained focus on building intellectual capital. They are knowledge-based businesses with substantial research and development expenditures. As technology companies, many of them exist at the cutting edge of market-leading solutions. Investing in and sustaining innovation is in their DNA and core to their success.
Supporting the WE Foundation
The WE Foundation (Stiftelsen VI) 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.
The foundation was established in 2018 by Kjell Inge Røkke’s private company The Resource Group (RGI) and Aker ASA. Aker’s Chair and main owner, Kjell Inge Røkke, privately funds the foundation’s basic capital as well as its operational costs. Aker is one of several companies behind the initiative, 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 WE foundation to support measures and activities for people with disabilities over a five-year period, bringing total donations from Aker and Aker-owned companies up to NOK 100 million from 2019 to 2023.