KONGSBERG contributes to value creation and economic development in the communities where we operate. Being an international technology group means that KONGSBERG has a correspondingly large social responsibility. We have a particular focus on nurturing children’s and young people’s interest and skills in the natural sciences. Moreover, we invest in our employees and their families by supporting sports, culture and social activities.
We support children and young people in their natural science education
Understanding natural sciences is essential if we are to solve some of the challenges the world is facing. Therefore, we want to motivate children and young people to study physics, maths and natural sciences through a variety of measures, all the way from kindergarten to college.
We therefore support the science centre Kongsberg Vitensenter, which is free to schools and kindergartens. Children are introduced to the natural sciences through play and experiments, as well as teaching modules in subject areas such as energy, mechanics, mathematics, technology and animation, with more for the older ones.
We collaborate with a number of lower and upper secondary schools, colleges and universitiesin Norway. Here we hold motivational lectures, invite people to visit the company, participate in career days and take on students for work placement. We support selected student projects where the students wish to write their master’s degree in collaboration with KONGSBERG.
KONGSBERG has a strong focus on vocational education and we offer, along with other companies in the town of Kongsberg, a unique training programme for apprentices through the K-Tech training centre. An apprenticeship certificate programme in polymer composites has also been established at the composite factory in Kongsberg.
KONGSBERG collaborates with NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) to establish the world’s first professorship in Big Data Cybernetics, which combines the fields of chemometrics and cybernetics. The agreement involves a five-year endowed professorship sponsored by KONGSBERG.
KONGSBERG is the main sponsor for two multi-disciplinary student projects at NTNU where students get to put theory into practice. KONGSBERG has been the main sponsor of Revolve NTNU. Every year, a new team of students develops, designs and builds a racing car, while the Ascend project encourages participation in the annual International Aerial Robotics competition, where the goal is to push the limits of what autonomous drones are capable of doing.
In 2016 we opened the KONGSBERG Innovation Centre, where our employees can bring their children and experiment with drones, robots and visualisation. The centre is also used in connection with visits from local school classes and educational institutions and students with whom we are collaborating.
In Norway we have concentrated on supporting organisations in the local communities where we are represented. KONGSBERG has chosen to support many different sports, especially for children and young people, and we always sponsor teams, not individuals. Our two biggest cultural sponsorships are with the Kongsberg Jazz Festival and the Glogerfestpillene - classical music festival-. Both festivals hold a very high professional level and host their own programmes for developing young talents.
We support the Bola Pra Frente institute, which offers poor children school education and football training. The institute was started in 2000 and has since helped hundreds of children and young people to live a better life. We are also a part of the 'Dream Learn Work' project which offers young people from impoverished areas training and education that may qualify them to work in the companies that participate in the project. Support is also given to the social project Karanba in Rio de Janeiro. With football as key ingredient, Karanba helps a large number of children and young people from slum areas with personal development, education and giving them the means to express themselves. More than 1,000 children and adolescents, boys and girls from different areas of Rio de Janeiro, are today part of the Karanba project.
In India we support AARAMBH, which is a charity organisation that operates in Navi Mumbai. This is a service centre for the most disadvantaged families in the city’s slum areas. In Bangalore we sponsor an English teacher at the Kanaka Vidya Mandir school, and we provide pupils with school uniforms and materials.