Kvaerner supports Stiftelsen VI

Kvaerner is one of the founding members of «Stiftelsen VI» as the foundation is established to improve disabled people’s quality of life, health, self-belief and enable better integration in society. The people who have initiated Stiftelsen VI (English: the WE foundation) are Kjell Inge Røkke, Paralympics athlete Birgit Skarstein, cross country skier Therese Johaug and Aker.

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Imbalance between non-disabled and disabled
Today, there are 605,000 people all over Norway who have a disability. There is a significant imbalance between people with and without disabilities. Stiftelsen VI aspires to become a resource and competence centre for disabled people’s opportunities and rights, and create equal opportunities to perform. 

Amongst other things, VI wants to inspire and motivate to physical activity. Because research shows that participation contributes towards increased quality of life and self-belief, improved physical and mental health, and, in turn, increased employment, education and participation in society.

The foundation’s first cooperation project is with Olympiatoppen and The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF). The ambition is that all knowledge and competence shall benefit society in general and that increased focus on physical activity shall create a lasting improvement for everyone with a disability.

Kvaerner and VI
Kvaerner has entered into a five-year agreement with Stiftelsen VI, and will pay a yearly support fee of NOK 2 million – a total of NOK 10 million through the period.

All contributions from companies and private individuals to VI are earmarked new initiatives to solve challenges faced by people with disabilities. 

“One of Kvaerner’s core values are ‘people and teams’, which among other things means that respect and encourage diversity because it contributes towards building stronger and more effective teams. We have chosen to support VI because the foundation represents diversity in an ambitious and constructive manner,” says Ellen Grete Andersen, chief of staff in Kvaerner.

Kvaerner will shortly establish a working group that aim to identify how the company will cooperate with Stiftelsen VI, and how Kvaerner’s employees can get involved. The working group will be led by Ellen Grete Andersen.

“We want to create involvement opportunities for Kvaerner’s employees. Exactly how will be defined during the autumn,” says Ellen Grete Andersen.

About Stiftelsen VI
The foundation’s first project will consist of four parts and will be executed in cooperation with Olympiatoppen and The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF). VI will contribute towards:

  1. Knowledge development and elite initiative for Paralympic sports
  2. Professionalization of national teams and support structure
  3. Strengthening the top level scholarship scheme for athletes, and;
  4. Development of prioritised areas within federations

The four subprojects have already been funded by contributions from Kvaerner, Aker, other Aker-associated companies and TRG. The ambition is that all knowledge and competence should benefit sports in general. The ultimate objective is increased physical activity and lasting improvement for all disabled people.

The foundation’s board of directors consist of 13 members: Princess Märtha Louise, Marit Bjørgen, Tore Øvrebø, Tore Myrholt, Therese Johaug, Aksel Lund Svindal, Kristin K. Aasen, Cato Zahl Pedersen, Kjell Inge Røkke, Birgit Skarstein, Julie Brodtkorb, Åge Skinstad and Øyvind Eriksen.

The foundation also gathers ambassadors who are passionate about contributing positively and actively towards promoting VI’s purpose. Two ambassadors will at any given time be on the board of directors. The current group of ambassadors consists of: Therese Johaug, Birgit Skarstein, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Aksel Lund Svindal, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Sara L. Rung, Nils Erik Ulset, Stine L. Hattestad Bratsberg, Bjørnar Erikstad, Aida Dahlen, Tommy Urhaug and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Knut Nystad, formerly of the Norwegian Ski Federation, has been appointed as managing director of the foundation.

Kværner, Aker, Aker-associated companies and Kjell Inge Røkke’s private company TRG have in total committed to contribute with NOK 125 million over the next five years. TRG will also cover the foundation’s operational costs.

More information about the foundation can be found on www.stiftelsenvi.no