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Global climate change is without a doubt the greatest environmental challenge facing the world. The changes we are experiencing will afect people’s livelihoods in terms of food production, access to water, health and the physical environment. The question is how to ensure social and economic development without causing irreparable damage to the environment.

Access to raw materials, water, energy and other resources is essential to our activities. Orkla is intent on assuming responsibility for the environment and minimising the impact of all parts of our value chain. Going forward, it will be important for us to consider the environmental impact associated with the production of raw materials, and how we can help to reduce emissions and water and energy consumption. We also want to ensure that raw materials are produced in areas where the land use is not detrimental to the environment.

From Orkla's Sustainability Report 2013

  • Energy

    In the near term, reducing our energy consumption is perhaps one of the most important climate-related measures that Orkla can implement.Orkla’s own hydropower production in Norway amounted to 2.1 TWh in 2013, compared wit...
  • Emissions

    Each year, Orkla prepares energy and greenhouse gas accounts based on the International Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative. 
  • Water

    Water is a prerequisite for all life on earth, and a fundamental requirement for all people. Fresh water is in increasingly short supply in many parts of the world, mainly as a result of strong population growth, climate c...
  • Waste

    One of the global environmental challenges is the increased volume of waste and food wastage. We all have a responsibility for ensuring that less food is thrown away, and that our resources are utilised more effectively.&n...
  • Packaging

    The packaging of a product must combine adequate protection in the interests of food safety and quality with the least possible burden on the environment. Orkla companies strive to develop optimal packagings, and have grad...
  • Raw materials

    The production of raw materials is the part of our value chain with the strongest impact on the environment.


  • Orkla GMO policy. Photo: Procordia

    Orkla's GMO-policy

    Orkla has adopted a wait-and-see policy regarding the use of modern genetic technology in the production of foods.
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    Carbon Disclosure Project

    The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world. 


Inger-Johanne Eikeland

Inger-Johanne Eikeland

Senior Vice President EHS

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+47 91 30 87 49

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Our position on global climate challenges

The challenge posed by global climate change is a joint social responsibility to which we must all contribute. Orkla must engage in sound long-term and sustainable activities. We sill strive to ensure that our activities and our products do not harm the environment. 

Goals for 2014

  • Launch more activities to reduce energy consumption, and increase use of renewable sources.
  • Establish systematic monitoring of energy, and plans for energy-saving initiatives
  • Take steps to improve monitoring of and further reduce of water use.
  • Set concrete targets for reducing energy consumption, water use and waste.

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