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Collaborating with Amnesty

September 7, 2001, 09:00 CEST

Yesterday, 6 September, Statoil entered into a cooperation agreement with Amnesty International Norway.

The agreement which is valid for one year, was signed in Oslo by Statoil's chief executive Olav Fjell and Amnesty Norway's secretary general Petter Eide.

Through this deal, Statoil will provide NOK 1 million in support to Amnesty Norway. In addition, the group will collaborate with Amnesty in developing a training programme to help employees solve business dilemmas in connection with human rights issues.

"The main asset is that Statoil will gain insight into Amnesty's expertise concerning human rights and countries," says Geir Westgaard, vice president for country analysis and social responsibility in Statoil.

Mr Westgaard hopes to be able to raise the consciousness of all employees, but it is particularly important to reach personnel working in regions where violations of human rights have been reported.

Petter Eide describes the agreement as extremely exciting:

"This could be the start of something really big," he says and adds that this sort of collaboration does in no way affect Amnesty's neutral position.

Mr Eide says further that Statoil stands for positive values:

"We have had talks with a lot of big Norwegian companies. In several meetings I have noticed that Statoil displays knowledge and values which we admire."

Statoil collaborates with Amnesty International already. Both parties participate in a United Nations project in Venezuela which is helping to train the country's judges and public defence lawyers in human rights.