Truck driver in warehouse at Arsenalet, KONGSBERG. Photo by Magnus Bjørnnes/Metafor


30 November, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) welcomed Norwegian suppliers to a new Supplier Academy module. The Supplier Academy is the collective term for the various initiatives - such as workshops or webinars - where suppliers are provided with information, support training on current issues and requirements.

Over 100 Norwegian suppliers participated and got professional input on topics such as the Transparency act, due Diligence evaluations related to human rights, anti-corruption, science based targets, taxonomy, circular economy, and export control.

“We are determined to work together with our suppliers to be able to succeed with our sustainability ambitions. To share our knowledge and experience with our suppliers, we see it as a part of our social mission,” says Kristin Tandberg Haugsjå, EVP Legal & Compliance, KONGSBERG.

The module was held as a live webinar with a following Q&A session. The webinar was hosted by Audun Abrahamsen, VP Procurement, KONGSBERG. The webinar covered the topic Sustainability, presented by Silje Skullerud, VP Sustainability & Governance and Tone S. Lyngdal, CSR Manager Supply Chain.

“The topics discussed in this module are important for Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, but also areas where we clearly want and are dependent on good cooperation with our suppliers. Sustainability is the key to succeed in tomorrow’s market,” says Audun Abrahamsen, VP Procurement, KONGSBERG.

Our Suppliers

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace aspire a sustainable business practice, i.e., to strike a good balance between financial results, value creation, and corporate social responsibility. Suppliers are critical to the company's success, and KONGSBERG is committed to creating and maintaining strong relationships with a network of competent suppliers. Strong relationships throughout the supply chain are built with clear communication of expectations, alignment of goals, mutual trust and cooperation.

When selecting suppliers, the assessment criteria include the suppliers' work with regards to human rights, workers' rights, health and safety, and anti-corruption initiatives, in addition to climate and environment.

KONGSBERG set high standard for its business practices. The supplier network consists of a large number of individual suppliers and their subcontractors. Consequently, it is important for this link in the value creation chain to meet the same or similarly high standards in terms of business practices and corporate social responsibility. In collaboration with the suppliers, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace strives to ensure that operations are carried out in compliance with internationally recognized principles for business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

The next module of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace’s Supplier Academy is planned during the first half of 2022.