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Human and Workers’ Rights

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Fundamental human rights are a universal entitlement, and support for these rights is one of the cornerstones of Orkla’s general value base.  

Civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights are enshrined in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Fundamental human rights are a universal entitlement. Support for the human rights which are enshrined in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is one of the cornerstones of Orkla’s general value base. The concept of ‘human rights’ is very broad, and also encompasses rights related to the working situation.

Orkla supports the Global Compact principles for human and workers’ rights:

Principle 1: We shall support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights

Principle 2: We shall make sure that we are not complicit in human rights abuses

Principle 3: We uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

Principle 4: We uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.

Principle 5: We uphold the effective abolition of child labour.

Principle 6: We uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Orkla’s position on these principles is explained in our Human Rights Policy. Through the Human Rights Policy we describe what it means to respect human and workers’ rights for the group companies, focussing on the issues which have particular importance and relevance to our daily operations. The key topics of Orkla’s human rights policy are:

  • Human dignity and freedom of opinion and expression
  • The right of life, liberty and security
  • Competence development
  • Privacy
  • Diversity and no discrimination
  • Consultation and employee involvement
  • Working terms
  • Child labour
  • Marginalised populations

Through consciousness about these topics and by carrying out relevant internal actions, the Orkla companies shall make sure that they comply with the principles of Orkla’s Human Rights Policy. Moreover, the companies shall operate with due diligence to avoid becoming involved in violations of human rights committed by others.  

Orkla’s Human Rights Policy has been approved by Orkla’s Group Executive Board, and applies to all companies within the Orkla group. The policy is a supplement to the Orkla group directive on corporate responsibility, which outlines the key principles for corporate responsibility at Orkla. The Orkla Code of Conduct outlines Orkla’s guidelines for what is considered responsible conduct of employees, managers and board members in all Orkla companies.  

Orkla’s governance and control routines related to corporate responsibility and ethics are described here.