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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

Hydro’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy of focusing on education and skills development is aligned with several areas of UNICEF’s core competencies. This is strengthened by UNICEF’s global reach and Hydro’s international presence, and have been important drivers behind this partnership.

Following Hydro’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability targets, this two-year collaboration aims to support UNICEF’s work with education and skills development for children and adolescents in countries where Hydro is present. As part of this Signature Partnership, Hydro will contribute NOK 1.5 million annually to support UNICEF’s work.

“We have chosen to contribute to UNICEF’s program Upshift, targeting adolescents in low- to middle-income countries who are in vulnerable situations. We believe in the development of youth as a driver for social change and economic growth,” says the Head of CSR in Hydro, Elise Must.

Hydro is supporting the Upshift programs in India and Italy during this period.

“The role of the private sector is critical in supporting UNICEF’s work around the world. Hydro’s commitment to support UNICEF programs contributes toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 8. We look forward to developing our strategic partnership to deliver impact for children around the world,” states Camilla Viken, Executive Director, UNICEF Norway.

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