Dialogue with authorities and politicians
Contact with authorities and communication with external organisations also take place at Group and business area level. Orkla companies maintain an ongoing dialogue with the supervisory authorities to ensure compliance with the operating requirements imposed by the authorities and to obtain advice on practical issues.
This contact is administered by the relevant specialist functions at the individual factory. The management of the individual company maintains a dialogue with local and national political authorities to find workable solutions to individual issues that concern their operations, and to create understanding for the companies’ goals, plans and needs.
Orkla ASA Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs maintains a dialogue with the authorities at Nordic level and in Brussels concerning legislation on foodstuffs and the framework conditions for trade policy. Borregaard is a member of the Forum on Environmental Technology, an association of Norwegian companies and trade unions in the fields of energy, maritime industry and power-consuming industry whose aim is to boost the Norwegian environmental technology industry. At Group level, Orkla is a member of KOMpakt, the Norwegian Government’s consultative body on policy regarding private-sector social responsibility, and of the Strategic Council for Environmental Technology, the Government’s consultative body in work on preparing a national environmental technology strategy. Much of the dialogue with authorities in the countries in which Orkla is represented takes place through national employers’ organisations such as the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), the Swedish Food Federation (LI) and the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), as well as industry and trade associations. Sapa is also a member of the Aluminium Association (USA) and the European Aluminium Association. The Branded Consumer Goods Area and Borregaard are represented in a number of organisations in Brussels.