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Anti-corruption

Orkla has zero tolerance for corruption

Value creation at Orkla must take place in accordance with our Code of Conduct and in compliance with all applicable laws. As a consequence, Orkla has zero tolerance for corruption.  

Orkla is a signatory to the Global Compact, and supports Global Compact’s Tenth Principle:

Corruption hampers economic development, inhibits competitiveness and undermines both the rule of law and the democratic process in a society. 
“Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery"

Orkla places emphasis on preventing corruption, and one of Orkla’s primary objectives is to contribute to the development of a strong anti-corruption culture in companies owned by the Group. In 2009 Orkla drew up detailed anti-corruption guidelines which apply to all companies in the Group. The purpose of these guidelines is to increase awareness and knowledge of corruption problems and to state clearly the Group’s attitude to and procedures for ensuring compliance with anti-corruption legislation.

Main principles

Orkla’s anti-corruption policy includes the following principles:

  • Orkla tolerates neither active (attempts to bribe others) nor passive corruption (allowing oneself to be bribed). 
  • The Group rejects the system of so-called facilitation payments, i.e. paying small amounts to civil servants, for example, in order to have routine services carried out. Demands of this type shall be met with a firm, dismissive attitude. 
  • Gifts shall be made openly. They shall not take the form of cash, must have a clear, legitimate basis in local business and shall have a minimal cash value. 
  • Payment of travel, dinners and arrangements for customers or others shall have a clear business basis and shall take place openly.  

Raising awareness within the Group

The Group attaches importance to training and raising of employee awareness to ensure compliance with national legislation and Orkla’s policy. In 2010, an e-training programme on anti-corruption was held for managers and other key employees in all the Orkla companies.

Orkla aspires to a culture where difficult matters are discussed both within a company’s own organisation and with Orkla centrally, and where employees find that it is both possible and desirable to take up dilemmas. The work of preventing unethical business conduct is a continuous and ongoing task.

Handling of responsibility

The individual Orkla company is responsible for implementing the Group’s anti-corruption guidelines. Among other things, the necessary caution must be exercised with respect to business partners and suppliers.

Orkla companies must be prepared with respect to the risk of being involved in corruption. Special care must be taken in countries where Transparency International’s corruption index and other relevant external reports reveal a high risk of corruption.

Although Orkla has had little contact with corruption up to now, we are aware that this is a risk that every business operator has to deal with. If our companies are subjected to inappropriate behaviour, this shall be met with:

  • A firm and clear stance in relation to relevant authorities and business connections
  • Professionalism and a high ethical standard on the part of our local managers
  • Support from the Group

Through a well-defined approach and clear communication, Orkla seeks to contribute to creating positive ripple effects around our operations in this respect.

Training

Orkla attaches importance to preventing corruption, and anticorruption is a regular theme in Orkla's management training and in the Group's general corporate responsibility training. This is additional to the companies' own training activities.

Results in 2012

  • A total of 99 managers and key personnel underwent anticorruption training. This represents 0.3% of the Group's total number of employees.
  • Competition law is also a regular topic in Orkla's sales and purchasing competency programmes. The Group's legal department also held training for managers and key sales and purchasing personnel in Orkla's Norwegian companies. All in all, 166 managers and key personnel underwent training in competition law. This represents 0.6% of the Group's total number of employees.

Goals for 2013/2014

  • The procedures for anti-corruption and competition law training are to be revised.