Nikkelverk's social responsibility begins with taking care of employees and their families. This is a matter of having a safe workplace and showing respect for each other. Concern for our neighbours motivates us to reduce levels of smell, dust and noise. Through the district heating system of Agder Energi Varme, surplus energy from our sulphuric acid plant provides waterborne heat to several thousand households in Kristiansand. Furthermore, we take competence seriously by hiring trainees and making training a vital part of our policy.
We have a close collaboration with our local university, Universitet i Agder. We support the project MyMachine with financial support and mentors. MyMachine is a co-creation project where engineering students design ideas created by school children in our local community. When the design phase is over, technical high school students builds the idea. .
The Nikkelverk also contribute to society by supporting valuable events and initiatives in the local community. We are sponsoring the Sustainability Festival in Kristiansand which is held during the summer of 2020, and we support the development of bicycle roads in Kristiansand.
Furthermore, we work actively to have a supportive working culture by facilitating a working environment even for those who have trouble reading and writing. We do this by using clear fonts, figures, illustrations, offering courses and more. We are a pioneer amongst industrial companies in taking such an open approach improving the working environment for everyone.