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Corporate democracy

Good internal communication and collaboration between management and the workforce are vital ingredients for a company's success and for employees' job satisfaction.

Our employees' active participation in the governing bodies contributes to strengthening decision-making processes in the Group.

Orkla wishes to ensure that all Group companies have communication channels that enable employees to influence decisions that are relevant for themselves and their workplace, such as decisions relating to occupational health and safety and downsizing. All employees should have the opportunity to be informed about their company's strategy and development, and the companies must respect the employees' freedom of organisation and right to enter into collective agreements.

Employees are represented in the Group's governing bodies. Four of the ten members of Orkla'sBoard of Directors are employee representatives. The companies in the Scandinavian countries have established working environment committees at all of their factories in accordance with national laws and regulations, and employees are represented on the Boards of the companies.

COOPERATION

Institutional cooperation with? the employee organisations mainly concerns the countries in the Nordic region, but also other European countries. This cooperation is based on:

The Norwegian Limited Liability Companies Act
The Basic Agreement between the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions [LO] and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise [NHO]
The EU Directive concerning European Works Councils

The Limited Liability Companies Act regulates the election of employees to the Group's Board of Directors. In accordance with decisions handed down by the Norwegian Industrial Democracy Board, the representation of employees in Orkla’s companies in Sweden is also ensured.

Orkla Committee of Union Representatives
This is Orkla’s highest industrial democracy body, which functions in compliance with the provisions of the Basic Agreement between NHO and LO. The Committee of Union Representatives consists of 17 representatives and its tasks include electing Group employee representatives.

Business area liaison committees
Liaison committees have been established in the business areas in accordance with the Basic Agreement provisions regarding cooperation. The committees consist of management and employee representatives who meet regularly to discuss and exchange views on professional and technical issues of importance to the companies and employees.

Orkla’s European Works Council (EWC)
Under the European Works Council agreement, a maximum of 30 representatives of companies from European countries in which Orkla has more than 500 employees convene each year. The purpose of the EWC is to exchange information and discuss issues of common importance to all the employees.

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND CONVENTIONS

Employees' professional and labour rights are protected by national legislation and regulations. Through its adherence to international agreements and conventions, Orkla has committed itself to ensuring that this protection complies with global standards, and that they are an integrated part of our international commercial activities.