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A sustainable consumer goods company:

Building the future together

Orklas bærekraftsrapport 2012

- Through profitable growth and sustainable products we will create a better future for our consumers, customers, employees, shareholders and communities, says President & CEO Åge Korsvold. Read more in Orkla’s Sustainability Report 2012.  

Orkla’s sustainability agenda has been brought to the fore after Orkla’s transformation from a complex industrial group into the strongest branded goods company in the Nordic region.  Consumers’ trust is fundamental to Orkla’s success.

- As a leading food and beverages producer, we have a farm-to-fork responsibility. We therefore focus attention on working conditions and the working environment in the supply chain, the environment, health and safety performance of our own operations, sensible use of raw materials and ways in which we can help consumers adopt a healthier lifestyle, says Korsvold.

Food safety

Orkla has established safe food production processes based on an internationally recognised standard at all our factories. Every year, we invest substantial resources in in-house training programmes, food safety audits, quality control and improvement measures. We take a precautionary approach to the use of new ingredients; for instance, we do not use raw materials or ingredients that have been produced using gene technology.

Nutrition and health

Every day, Orkla’s food products can be found on the breakfast and dinner tables of thousands of consumers. That is why we are committed to promoting the enjoyment of food and good dietary habits.

Orkla companies are engaged in systematic efforts to develop products that make it easier to maintain a balanced diet, and 26% of our food  sales derive from products that offer health benefits or have a reduced content of sugar, saturated fat or salt. In the last four years alone, our companies have cut their annual consumption of palm oil by around 10,000 tonnes, replacing it with healthier vegetable oils. In the years to come, we will further intensify our efforts in the field of nutrition.

Responsible purchasing

In the past few years, Orkla companies have established procedures for identifying risk and monitoring suppliers  based on  the Orkla Supplier Code of Conduct. There are special challenges associated with some of the raw materials we buy. In Orkla’s Sustainability Report, you can read more about Abba Seafood’s commitment to sustainable fishing and Nidar’s use of certified cocoa.

Environment

Orkla is committed to sound, long-term, sustainable operations. Our vision is to cause no harm to the environment. That is why we are working systematically towards reducing energy consumption and minimising greenhouse gas emissions all along the value chain.

A shared responsibility

Orkla has been a member of the Global Compact since 2005 and is committed to promoting Global Compact’s Ten Principles on human and workers’ rights, the environment and anti-corruption efforts.

- I am proud of what we have achieved since we signed this important initiative, and enthusiastic about the future. We at Orkla believe that the road to a sustainable future lies in the willingness of trade and industry, public authorities and society at large to think creatively, the constructive interaction of these parties and, above all, hard work. Creating a sustainable society is a shared responsibility, and we must all begin with ourselves, says Åge Korsvold.