Our social responsibilities

In Sparebanken Sør we take our social responsibilities very seriously.

Two women talking and walking in the woods at winter time

We seek to be a responsible and enthusiastic contributor to our local community, and our business goals cannot be achieved unless we act in understanding with the community that we are a part of. Therefore, we support activities that create engagement, unity and development in our local communities.

Gifts and sponsorships

We support projects within culture, sports and other areas that contribute positively to our local communities. In addition to traditional sponsorships, we continue the strong savings bank tradition of awarding monetary gifts to projects that benefit the public. The projects include categories such as culture, competence, sports, community, associations and organizations. Each branch accepts applications from its own region, and we prioritize projects aimed at children and teenagers.

We sponsor local sports clubs and cultural activities.

We want to cooperate with the organizations that we sponsor, and in addition to money, we can offer other services, financial expertise and a large network and audience.

Local soccer club game on a field

We sponsor these organizations

Bryne FK

Bryne Football Club is Jæren’s super team, with long traditions in Norwegian football. The club plays in the OBOS League in 2023, together with Start and Jerv.

Fotballklubben Jerv

Jerv Football Club from Grimstad played in the Norwegian Premier League (Eliteserien) in 2021 for the first time but is back in the OBOS League in 2023.

Gjerpen Håndball

Gjerpen is the red and white handball club from Skien. The club has long history at the top of Norwegian women’s handball. The women’s A-team currently plays in the 1st Division.

Kilden teater- og konserthus

Kilden Theatre and Concert Hall is located at Odderøya in Kristiansand. Kilden consists of a symphony orchestra, a regional theatre, a regional opera and a municipal cultural centre, as well as a centre of expertise for performing arts.

Næringsforeningen i Kristiansandsregionen

The Business Association for the Kristiansand Region works actively to promote the interests of local businesses. The association creates meeting places for expertise and business development in order to make Agder an even more attractive region to live and work. The association has more than 1100 members in the region and is one of Norway’s largest business associations.

Runar Sandefjord Håndball

Runar Sandefjord Handball Club plays in the REMA 1000 League and contributes to a broad enthusiasm for the sport of handball in the eastern part of our region.


The arts silo is an abandoned, award-winning grain silo at Odderøya in Kristiansand, which is being transformed into one of Northern Europe’s most innovative art institutions and experience centres. The museum will house the Tangen Collection – the world’s largest collection of Nordic modernist art – as well as Sørlandets Kunstmuseum’s permanent collection. In addition, Kunstsilo will act as a platform for international digital contemporary art and offer an extensive program of temporary exhibitions as well as lectures, concerts, workshops, banqueting rooms and events.

IK Start

For decades Start has been the football flagship of Sørlandet, but plays in the OBOS League in 2023 at Sparebanken Sør Arena. As of 2023 they are also focusing on women’s football.

Sør Cup

Sør Cup is a football cup for children and teenagers from 8-19 years. Sør Cup’s aim is to create Norway’s best cup experience both on and off the field, and we are proud sponsors of Sør Cup’s contribution to great experiences for the younger generation.


TEDxArendal is a version of the conference concept TED, and has been organized under a TED-license in Arendal since 2013. The event is an inspiring arena for ideas, inspiration, innovation and networking, and we are proud sponsors.

Ungt Entreprenørskap

Ungt Entreprenørskap (UE) is a national non-profit organization that builds bridges between school and work life. Sparebanken Sør works with UE in Agder and Vestfold and Telemark. We think it is important that the entrepreneurs, leaders and coworkers of future businesses develop good skills when it comes to economic leadership, and we are proud to be sponsoring UE, which contributes to developing these skills.

ØIF Arendal Elite

ØIF Arendal plays in the REMA 1000 Handball League for men and has become the league champions several times. The club plays its home games at Sparebanken Sør Amfi in Arendal.