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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 

On August 15, a DNV GL employee working in the Oil and Gas business area was arrested by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) and charged with espionage.

A statement issued by the classification society says that the employee did not have security clearance and has therefore not worked on projects for the defence industry, the Norwegian Armed Forces or other governmental agencies where security clearance is a prerequisite. He has not had any line management responsibilities for a number of years and during his time with DNV GL worked on a limited number of projects – primarily within materials technology. At the time of his arrest, he led a joint industry project on 3D printing.

The statement continues: "We are now mapping all projects he has worked on over the last few years and we are contacting all relevant customers. We are also working closely with PST. Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation we cannot disclose any further information at this point.

"DNV GL operates a strict compliance programme to international ISO standards, including ISO 27001, to which Oil & Gas is certified by DEKRA. All employees and suppliers are contractually required to abide by our Code of Conduct, which includes adherence to anti-corruption, antitrust, export control and data protection laws. DNV GL employees are contractually obligated to strict client confidentiality and undergo background checks before employment. All employees receive mandatory training on reporting actual or suspected misconduct throughout their career with the company, including concerns related to bribery, fraud, labour grievances, discrimination and other ethical issues. Our IT systems operate to international standards for cybersecurity and data protection, which includes routines for access to documents."

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