NRC supports the distribution of hygiene kits in Ukraine. Photo: Myriam Renaud/NRC

NRC enters long-term partnership with Equinor to respond to record number of displaced

Published 03. Oct 2023
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Equinor have entered a long-term partnership to support people forced to flee. The partnership provides predictable funding and will help NRC serve some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Never have the needs been higher when it comes to supporting refugees. From 2022-2023, the number of displaced people around the world reached a historical record of 108.4 million. Support from Equinor allows NRC to scale efforts and deliver more services to help more people forced to flee.  

"Our partnership with Equinor will allow NRC to serve more people in hard-to-reach areas, increase our reach in neglected crises and strengthen the organisation’s capacity to support people forced to flee. In a time when the gap between humanitarian needs and available funding is widening, we depend on the private sector to step up. We encourage more companies to provide predictable and unearmarked funding so we can assist people where and when it is most needed,” said Sean Nicholson, Director of External Relations at NRC. 

Equinor has selected NRC as one of two organisations based on an overall comparative assessment of the largest international humanitarian organisations and results from employee votes at the end of 2022.  

“This is an acknowledgement of the important work our 15,000 colleagues are undertaking in some of the world's worst humanitarian crises. We would like to thank Equinor and its employees for their continued support,” says Nicholson. 

Collaboration between NRC and Equinor dates back to the 1990s when NRC began a partnership with the company then named Statoil. Since then, Equinor has supported NRC’s work in several emergencies, including COVID response, Ukraine and East Africa drought.  

Equinor will support NRC with NOK 20 million per year.