Competence – or rather competent people – is a prerequisite for any company or organisation with ambitions. Never before has the fight for talent been tougher than we see it today. The lack of well educated, skilled and experienced people represents a limiting factor for companies in a broad spectrum of industries.
The lack of relevant competence also represents an increased risk with regard to safety, quality and overall performance. In the maritime industry, we have been involved in competence mapping and assessments which have revealed there is a gap between documented competence and what is actually displayed in tests. This represents a risk that needs to be managed in order to improve safety and reduce operational problems.
One of DNV’s goals is to “acquire, develop and share knowledge and apply it to enhance value for our customers”. The value of our knowledge and experience to our customers, and society at large, depends substantially on the uniqueness and applicability of this knowledge and experience. This has been and will continue to be a main priority for DNV, based on our core competence of identifying, assessing and managing risk.
The global fight for talent will remain one of the most challenging management issues for international, competence-based companies. The demand for competent and well educated individuals seems insatiable.
DNV’s position depends on our people and their competencies. Our aim is to help our customers safely and responsibly improve their business performance. This can only be achieved by managing the new risk reality in different facets of sustainable development.
Date: 16 June 2006