People represent our most important resource. We therefore seek partners and projects that promote education, culture or humanitarian work.
The Caseca project
Through a partnership between Hydro, the union Industri og Energi, and local authorities in Brazil, youngsters in Paragominas are using iPad tablet computers to expand their knowledge about the digital world. Fifteen tablets have been installed at desks made of aluminium at a activity and educational center in the northeastern state of Pará, where Hydro owns and operates the world’s largest bauxite mine.
The program is important for the entire local community of Paragominas. It helps give the young people improved educational opportunities as well as an introduction to a popular production with a lot of aluminium in it. It gives them insight into the possibilities from bauxite from the area where they live.
The Caseca project has been well received by the schoolchildren who are studying music, karate, indoor football, and art. Computer opportunities have long been on their wish list and contribute to learning through creative activities and play.
Save the Children
Whether it concerns products, research or exercising social responsibility, Hydro is committed to contributing to a more viable society. This is an important part of our purpose. Children represent the future, which is why we support Save the Children.
Since 1988, many of Hydro's employees have requested voluntary monthly salary deductions to raise money for Save the Children. These donations have supported several aid projects in Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nicaragua, including opening of health centers, construction of hospitals, and support for various school projects.
The Nobel Peace Center
At Hydro we are proud of our longstanding partnership with the Nobel Peace Center. The Nobel Peace Center reflects courage, respect and determination, all of which are fundamental values for Hydro, and is therefore an important and appropriate partner for Hydro. We also cooperate with the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
In front of the entrance to the Peace Center stands Canopy, an art installation in aluminium, donated by Hydro. Canopy was designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye and was produced entirely by Hydro units in Karmøy, Norway.
The outer surface of the portal delineates the world's continents so that passers-by see the earth's surface from within. The floor and ceiling are curved in the middle of the portal to enhance the experience. The effect is further enhanced by internal spotlights that shine both from below and above.
Canopy was originally intended to be made from steel, but when weather, weight and surface properties were considered, aluminium was chosen – as it often is.
The installation was officially opened on 11 June 2005 by royal visitors to the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.
Amnesty International Norway
Amnesty International is a global organization that campaigns to end grave abuses of human rights.
Hydro has cooperated with Amnesty International Norway since 2002.
Amnesty provides Hydro with information about human rights and acts as a discussion partner on issues concerning corporate social responsibility and human rights.
Hydro provides Amnesty with insight into the human rights dilemmas that international companies may face.
Transparency International Norway
Transparency International is a global organization that works to eliminate corruption.
Transparency International has significantly raised the profile of the fight against corruption, and works with governments, organizations and companies.
Hydro has been actively involved in formulating Transparency International's Business Principles for Countering Bribery and works with both Transparency International’s international and Norwegian secretariats. Hydro was also involved in founding Transparency International Norway.
Alunorte Rain Forest
The Alunorte Rain Forest soccer team consists of boys and girls from Barcarena in Brazil, where Hydro operates an aluminium business. The players on Alunorte Rain Forest participate in a local education program supported by Hydro and the municipality of Barcarena. Each year, a boys' team and a girls' team are sent to the Norway Cup soccer tournament in Oslo as a reward for their efforts both at school and on the soccer field.
More than 20 schools and 2 500 students participated in the program in 2011, which has led to a greater proportion of students completing compulsory schooling.