Shared value partnership

Proud partners of UNICEF supporting youth development

Visma supports youth entrepreneurship through the UPSHIFT programme, while providing UNICEF with essential business software.

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About the partnership

Investment in youth

Of the nearly 2 billion young people in the world today, 90% live in low- and middle-income countries. Without a grounded education or essential skills, many are at risk of missing out on their talents and dreams.

Through 2026, Visma will provide sustained financial support to UNICEF, primarily to the UPSHIFT programme. UPSHIFT is a social innovator accelerator that gives young people lifelong opportunities to make meaningful change in their communities. By learning vital skills such as problem-solving, creativity, collaboration and leadership, they become empowered to take charge of their present and future as entrepreneurs, employees, and global citizens.

A portion of our financial support will also go to UNICEF’s general relief efforts for children in vulnerable situations around the world.

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Sustained cooperation

Proud supporters of UNICEF since 2017

Visma has long been an active supporter of UNICEF’s work to help vulnerable children around the world. Since 2017, we have funded the following efforts:

  • 2017–2019: Various education projects in Romania
  • 2020–2021: Delivery of Covid vaccines in developing countries
  • 2022: Programmes for children affected by the war in Ukraine
  • 2023: Programmes for children affected by the war in the Middle East
  • 2024–2026: UPSHIFT, a programme nurturing young entrepreneurs

In 2024, in addition to supporting UPSHIFT, we will provide financial support to UNICEF’s Core Resources for Results (RR), which gives flexible and restriction-free funding that can be used wherever and whenever the need is greatest.

Essential business software

Core operations, powered by Visma

It is vital that NGOs minimise administrative costs through secure, reliable software that enables effective operations and compliance. During 2024, UNICEF Norway will begin using several of Visma’s essential software solutions, free of charge.

By using these solutions, UNICEF’s ultimate goal is to optimise time and resources, allowing full focus on their primary mission: helping children in need. 

Stay tuned for more information on how Visma software will help UNICEF meet their goals.

Together we’re making a lasting impact

3 years

Partnership duration


Consecutive years of support from Visma


Financial support from Visma through 2026


Value of Visma software provided to UNICEF


Countries where UPSHIFT operates


Share of girls in the UPSHIFT programme

At Visma we view education, entrepreneurship and technology as vital elements for driving positive change in society. As UNICEF partner, we have the possibility to make a meaningful contribution towards important sustainable development goals.

Merete Hverven, CEO of Visma

Together, we will create and implement innovative tools and programs to help young people develop the skills and competence to succeed in life. I am incredibly proud to be part of this partnership, creating a better future for the next generation.

Maria Greenberg Bergheim, Executive Director of UNICEF Norway

In the Nordics, we're privileged with social security, ensuring safety for our lives and economy. It’s great that Visma recognises the need to help others, fulfilling our obligation to support those less fortunate. Proud to work here 💗

Ali Murtaza Khan, Team Manager, Visma.net ERP API

I want to work at a company that takes its social responsibility seriously. Knowing that through UNICEF we contribute to a world where the rights of every child are realised, makes me proud.

Liza Collin, Product Director, Visma SmartSkill



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