Be a part of something bigger
Global solidarity. Two very big words, but words that have a tangible meaning for us at Vestre. We can even quantify it. Every year, we give 10% of our profits to outside sustainability measures, and if all Norwegian companies had done the same, the business community would have contributed in excess of NOK 6 billion more than the entire aid budget. As we say, everyone can save the world a little.
3 500 CHILDREN AT SCHOOL
Knowledge trumps everything. We therefore support UNICEF by giving up to 3,500 children in areas of conflict the chance to attend school. In Scandinavia, we offer grants for newly qualified designers and cooperate with local vocational colleges on internships.
EVERYONE CAN CONTRIBUTE
We offer job training for people with gaps in their CV and no access to the ordinary labour market, including through cooperation with the Church City Mission charity. We now plan to offer microloans and knowledge transfer for people in developing countries. This will enable more people to set up their own small business, just like Johannes Vestre did in 1947. Vestre was the first furniture manufacturer to join IEH - Ethical Trading Initiative Norway, and we have strict requirements for all our suppliers regarding human rights, labour rights and sustainable development.
OPERATING ROOM FOR 700 PATIENTS
In order to reduce health inequalities in the world, we cooperate with Doctors Without Borders on funding an operating theatre in the field that can treat up to 700 people a year.