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Orkla supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President & CEO Peter A. Ruzicka

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President & CEO Peter A. Ruzicka

Orkla President and CEO Peter A. Ruzicka have signed a pledge in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Fifty top business leaders, among them Peter A. Ruzicka, have signed a personal pledge in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In that connection he was the only top business executive to be given the opportunity to meet the Norwegian Prime Minister.

In September 2015 the United Nations launched new global goals for sustainable development. Fifty top leaders from Norwegian business and industry have now signed a personal pledge to support these sustainability goals. In that connection, Peter A. Ruzicka was invited to meet Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday 27 April. Håkon Mageli, Orkla Group Director Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs participated in the meeting.

Orkla supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

“In 2015, along with Global Compact companies all over the world, we put the UN’s new global Sustainable Development Goals on our agenda. Through Orkla’s sustainability strategy we address a number of the development goals, and we will use them as a lodestar to guide our efforts,” says Peter A. Ruzicka.

In its sustainability strategy up to 2020, Orkla has identified four main areas for its work: nutrition and health, food safety, responsible sourcing and environment. Through its focus on these fields, the Group will work to promote a sustainable value chain, and several of Orkla’s goals are aligned with the UN goals. The following are examples of how Orkla will contribute:

  • By reducing salt, saturated fat and sugar, increasing the sale of fish products and developing products for a healthy lifestyle, the Orkla companies contribute to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • By ensuring that the fish bought by Orkla comes from sustainable fish stocks, the Group contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goal No. 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  • By reducing use of palm oil and ensuring that the palm oil that we use is traceable and sustainably produced, Orkla contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Read more about Orkla’s sustainability work in Orkla’s Annual Report 2015 (PDF).