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Orkla has zero tolerance for corruption

Value creation in Orkla must take place in conformity with the Group’s Code of Conduct and applicable legislation. Orkla has zero tolerance for corruption, price-fixing agreements, market sharing or any other measures that limit free competition.  

Orkla’s overarching goal in its efforts to combat corruption and promote compliance with competition law is to develop a corporate culture characterised by good judgement and the ability to deal with difficult situations so as to avoid breaching rules and regulations and to promote sound business practices. The Group’s internal requirements and guidelines in this area are described in Orkla’s anti-corruption manual, competition law manual and Code of Conduct. All Orkla employees are required to adhere to the principles set out in these documents, which may be found on The Orkla Way portal. The management of each company is responsible for communicating the Group’s Code of Conduct to all employees and for ensuring that all employees who may be exposed to risk are familiar with the requirements of the anti-corruption and competition law manuals.

To prevent breaches of anti-corruption and competition law rules, the Group provides training for management and employees in positions where they may be exposed to risk in this respect. Anti-corruption is a regular topic in all Orkla’s leadership training programmes and in the Group’s general training in corporate responsibility. Competition law is a regular topic in Orkla’s training programme for sales and purchasing. In addition, Orkla’s Legal Affairs Department holds special courses on competition law for managers and key personnel.

In November 2014, Orkla launched the implementation of two e-learning programmes on anti-corruption and competition law that were developed for a broad internal target group. The programmes were presented to the senior management of Orkla’s business units at a top management conference in the autumn of 2014. The members of Orkla’s Board of Directors and Group Executive Board reviewed the training programmes in 2014, together with the management and employees of selected companies. Anti-corruption training was provided for a total of 808 managers and employees, equivalent to 13.9% of administrative employees. Training in competition law was provided for a total of 325 managers and employees. The two e-learning programmes will continue to be rolled out in 2015.

Under Orkla’s Supplier Code of Conduct, all the Group’s suppliers are required to have zero tolerance for corruption. Suppliers are monitored on the basis of a risk assessment, and Orkla’s long-term goal is to ensure that all Orkla suppliers sign the Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct

As part of the Group’s due diligence procedures in connection with acquisitions and major investments, Orkla assesses the risk of becoming involved in breaches of anti-corruption and competition law. Orkla companies must take necessary risk-mitigating action to prevent independent business partners, including customers and joint venture partners, from participating in corruption or other illegal or unethical activities in connection with its business dealings with Orkla.

In 2014, Orkla was not involved in any cases related to breaches of anti-corruption or competition law rules.

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.