Orkla defines corporate responsibility as achieving commercial profitability in a way that is consistent with fundamental ethical values and with respect for individuals, the environment and society.
Orkla’s directive on corporate responsibility describes the general principles governing the way the Group companies are to address the issues of human and workers’ rights, environment, health and safety (EHS), anti-corruption and other important areas of responsibility. The directive is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO’s Core Conventions and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. It has been adopted by Orkla’s Board of Directors and applies to the entire Group, including wholly-owned subsidiaries.
Orkla’s Human Rights Policy provides guidelines elaborating on the way the Orkla companies should work to promote the human and workers’ rights considered to be most relevant for the companies’ day-to-day operations. These include the principles of the right to human dignity, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to life, liberty and security, competence development, privacy, diversity and non-discrimination, consultation and employee involvement, occupational health and safety, prevention of child labour and protection of marginalised population groups.
The Orkla Code of Conduct describes the Group’s standards and expectations in respect of individual managers, employees and Board members with regard to important human and labour rights, such as respect and tolerance, gender equality and non-discrimination, and requirements related to the environment and anti-corruption efforts.
Orkla also has common policies and guidelines for efforts in key areas of responsibility, including environment, health and safety (EHS), food safety, anti-corruption and competition law.