Climate-related challenges are our shared responsibility. Orkla aims to contribute to meeting these challenges by reducing our own energy consumption and limiting greenhouse gas emissions in all parts of the value chain.
Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world. The changes we are experiencing will aff ect people’s livelihoods, food production, access to water, health and physical environment.
The world is now using resources equivalent to 1.5 planet Earths. A key question is how we can ensure social and economic development without causing irreparable damage o the physical environment. The value chain for food and groceries presents major environmental challenges. A quarter of global CO2 emissions are attributable to the production and consumption of food. The combination of population growth, climate change and non-sustainable agricultural and fi shing methods is impoverishing the soil, destroying rainforest and putting pressure on agricultural raw materials, fish stocks and other natural resources.
Access to raw materials, water, energy and other resources is essential to Orkla’s operations. In 2014, Orkla set ambitious goals for minimising our environmental footprint throughout its value chain.
Awareness and commitment on the part of our own employees are crucial to successful environmental eff orts. Orkla’s environmental work is organised at enterprise level, and each company is responsible for ensuring that focus on the environment is a part of day-to-day operations. Internal training, risk identification and planning and implementation of environmental protection measures play a central part. In 2014 Orkla drew up a uniform standard for environment, health and safety (EHS), with guidelines that apply to all business areas and companies. The guidelines are intended to ensure monitoring and continuous improvement over time. The individual companies are to prepare goals and activity plans, establish systems and audit procedures, implement measures and report on their EHS activities. The new standard is to be implemented in 2015.
All our managers are expected to display a strong commitment to EHS work, and all staff to be involved in EHS activities at the workplace. Training of all employees is an i ortant aspect of the implementation of the new standard, and in 2014 training material covering all areas of EHS work was developed. Orkla has an internal network of EHS specialists. An important part of the improvement work consists of cooperation and exchange of experience, and the network will contribute to the implementation of the new, uniform principles underlying EHS work. Organised EHS training is provided, but learning through day-to-day work is equally important.
Orkla is in the process of establishing a uniform system for monitoring enterprises by means of regular EHS audits at all Orkla factories. At the same time, the existing reporting routines are being further developed. Quarterly reports on the status of EHS work are submitted to Orkla’s Board of Directors.
One of Orkla’s fundamental principles is that EHS work must be preventive. Risk assessment is therefore a key element, and all Orkla units must conduct such assessments. Risk analysis forms the basis for the measures that must be implemented, and is intended to help the enterprises in their improvement work by ensuring that priority is given to the most important measures and that eff ective action plans are established.