DNV GL, the world’s leading ship classification society and one of the world’s leading risk and sustainability service providers, is celebrating a double milestone: The Foundation DNV’s 150th anniversary and DNV GL’s first year as a merged company.
“This year marks 150 years of proud past for the Foundation Det Norske Veritas and that in itself is worth celebrating. The fact that 2014 also is year one of the newly merged DNV GL Group gives us an even better ability to deliver on our vision of having a global impact for a safe and sustainable future,” says Henrik O. Madsen, President and CEO of the DNV GL Group.
Over 1000 guests gathered in Oslo on Saturday to celebrate. The event started at the Oslo Opera House, followed by an evening dinner at DNV GL’s headquarters in Høvik. “Today we celebrate, but it is also a moment to reflect and thank our partners and friends all over the world, who have been on the long journey together with us. Without their support we would not be where we are today,” said Madsen and added, “As we move forward, we will leverage on the experience, capabilities and collaborations developed over the years and be guided and defined by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment.”
In her remarks at the dinner event, Erna Solberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister said “Today we’re celebrating a proud history of safety and sustainability. DNV has played a critical role in the development of key Norwegian industries, and is particularly well known for its work in the shipping industry. And this celebration also marks a new era of the merged company DNV GL, which is far more than a maritime company. It is a leading organization in many of the industries it serves, and is an example for the nation. Thank you for your important contribution to the Norwegian society.”
In addition to an anniversary event held on the weekend, DNV GL is organizing a sustainability roundtable session which will bring together established leaders from the likes of the UN and the EU with influential youth activists, NGOs, media commentators, academics and business voices.
Also, in collaboration with its partner Sustainia and an international alliance of companies and organizations, DNV GL will present a study which maps leading sustainability innovation in key societal sectors. Titled Sustainia100, the guide showcases sectors, companies, jobs and products that help to create a future of sustainable growth.