Innovation in Action

At NRS Relief, we never stop innovating. We strive to pioneer products that meet the needs of the end-user and the entire humanitarian community. We call this ‘Innovation in Action’.

All our products are the outcome of an extensive product innovation process, often under the guidelines of international agencies, bilateral donors, governments and non-governmental organisations. This results in better quality results, greater client and beneficiary satisfaction and technological breakthroughs that have a real social impact.

Innovation is dynamic problem-solving among friends

Our product development is beneficiary-driven, sustainable and evidence-based. The solutions are the outcome of a cross-cutting process in which each individual and/or institution contributes. We follow a cycle of innovation that invites all those concerned to contribute to the optimal product. This collaboration model is applied to every single relief item that we manufacture, from buckets to blankets, from tents to tarpaulins.


Public-private partnerships

To further strengthen our innovation capacity, we have built strategic public-private partnerships to jointly develop new products that are beneficial to the humanitarian aid sector. Through these critical partnerships, we continue to cultivate a corporate culture of innovation, learning, evaluation and creativity – and we are better able to serve clients and beneficiaries globally. This results in better quality products, greater client and beneficiary satisfaction and technological breakthroughs that have a real social impact.

Fire retardant tents and tarpaulins make camps safer

In 2014, we proudly introduced the first-ever fully fire retardant (FR) tents and tarpaulins to the humanitarian community . The essence of FR innovation is to improve safety in refugee camps and prevent loss of properties, injuries and deaths. The introduction of the FR products is considered a significant milestone in the history of the humanitarian sector. The FR benchmark, which took years of extensive research and development, meets the following international standards:

  • Pass CPAI section 5 and 6 with maximum 10s after flame average and maximum 30s after flame per test piece
  • Ageing under ISO 4892-2, type A, 360 hours.

Our Viva™ Family Tent (UNHCR Standard) and all our tarpaulins are available with FR applied to them, making camps safer.

Winner of Aid Innovation Challenge Award 2014

We are proud to have won the prestigious Aid Innovation Challenge Award 2014 (Business Entry) during the annual AidEx Summit in Brussels for its ground-breaking Fire Retardancy solution. NRS Relief hopes that the recognition for this Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project inspires other humanitarian suppliers to safeguard the continuous improvement of core relief items.

For more information about our award-winning Fire Retardancy innovation, click here.