Local community engagement

Wilhelmsen has a history for supporting academia, environmental and humanitarian organisations, research institutions, as well as culture and sporting events. These initiatives are coordinated by our local offices around the globe and by the Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation.

Tom Wilhelmsen foundation

The Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation has a long-standing tradition of sponsoring measures of cultural and scientific nature every year. In 2018, the foundation continued its long-term support (since 2005) for Right To Play, a humanitarian organisation that uses sports and play as an arena for children’s development.

It also signed a two-year sponsorship agreement with the Emergency Medicine student association in Norway and continues the support of a medical project OMEMI, (Omega 3 for elderly patients who has suffered heart attack).

Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation marked the 10-year-anniversary of offering the prestigious Opera & Ballet Prize by hosting a grand gala show with the previous prize winners, at the opera. The foundation also continued to sponsor the culture department’s project, Talent Norge, within the areas of ballet and classical music in addition to the scholarships handed out twice a year to young art students. 

“Do good locally” - employee initiatives

In 2018, employees were invited to make a difference in their community by doing an activity with a local not for profit organisation. Out of 50 applications, 12 teams were awarded funds to conduct their “do good locally” initiative. The program was well received by our employees and will continue in 2019.

Communities 2018

  • China: arranged school bags, books and other necessities for children attending the Huayue Primary School in Guizhou Province.
  • Egypt: cooperated with RESALA constructing rooftops and preparing them for harsh weather. In addition to this, a donation was made to support work im medicine for breast cancer patients, homeless children, and kid’s education expenses.
  • India: supported AARAMBH in Mumbai, an organisation providing educational, health and vocational skills to underprivileged children and women. 20 employees conducted a two-hour fun-filled activity in Turbhe center including a drawing competition for 90 children themed as the Indian Independence Day.
  • Korea:  arranged an art exhibition for children at Hee Rak Won to develop the children's holistic learning by interacting with nature. A donation was provided to be used for the eco-friendly maintenance of the facilities and landscaping of a garden for children.
  • Malaysia: gathered at the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen to join the weekly preparation and distribution of food for close to 500 people and assisted the medical support team.
  • Panama: spent a day with COCYDON to prepare and deliver 1200 dishes to people.
  • Phillipines: donated school supplies, eco bags, and slippers for the young students at the San Isidro Elementary School in Busuanga, Palawan. The team has been supporting this school for many years and have been able to provide 300 students with basic school supplies every year.
  • Poland:  contributed with funds for a new musical rehersal room for for cultural education of people with disabilities through the organization ECEKON in Gdansk.
  • Singapore: prepared and served food for elderly residents at the Marsiling Home in Singapore.
  • Slovakia:  arranged activities during a summer camp for 21 children with the organization CPR Trencin. Children were taught basic life skills like emergency numbers, traffic signs, and simple rope knots.
  • South Africa: teamed up on Mandela day and joined several planned events at local organisations. They also made financial contributions to two organisations- Likhon iThemba HOLAH House and Helping SA supporting children and families.
  • United Arab Emirates: served 300 Iftar meals to workers at a labor camp in Dubai during Ra