Orkla has wide-ranging responsibility for ensuring that its businesses are properly operated, as affirmed in the Group's environmental policy: Orkla is committed to sound, long-term, sustainable operations that reflect the Group's awareness of its responsibility towards its employees, society at large and the environment.
Environment, health and safety (EHS) has been established as one of the Group's fundamentals, an integral and essential part of the way we do our business. Our vision of zero harm defines an objective that all our employees must strive to achieve.
A safe working environment for employees, contract workers and suppliers is a fundamental prerequisite for sustainable value creation. Orkla has undertaken to operate in compliance with the principles enshrined in the UN Global Compact, and will conduct itself with respect and awareness of its responsibility for people, society and the environment in all fields and in all parts of the world.
Purposeful focus on improving our EHS performance is crucial to achieving safe, efficient operations, and continuous efforts are made to bring home the importance of EHS in every part of our organisation. There is a close correlation between a good EHS performance and value creation. Our employees are our most important resource for achieving our vision of zero harm.
In practice, this means that Orkla focuses on many areas. Within our own organisation we work continuously to promote a corporate culture in which effective, preventive EHS efforts are a main pillar. The precautionary principle must imbue all our decisions and activities. It also means that we provide clear and candid information about our EHS work and engage in active dialogue with our stakeholders on various EHS issues.
Each business area carries out EHS activities in compliance with local and national requirements. Line responsibility must be clearly defined in each company, and preventive efforts must have high priority at each workplace.
Risk assessments are a key element of EHS work. Some parts of Orkla's production operations entail a high level of inherent risk with regard to the environment, health and safety. The company carries out preventive EHS work by means of continuous risk assessments, good control procedures and regular safety audits to safeguard its employees, the environment and property. The companies in the Orkla Group must identify factors that can entail significant consequences for people, the environment and the company. An EHS risk picture with the ten most important risk factors and associated measures to mitigate risk is presented in connection with the annual reporting process.