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Responsible sourcing

Orkla is committed to using raw materials that are produced with the best interests of people, animals and the environment in mind, and collaborates actively with its suppliers on solving sustainability challenges in the value chain.

Population growth and increasingly noticeable climate changes are putting growing pressure on natural resources. Farming, fishing and trapping methods that are not sustainable give rise to major social and environmental challenges. This can in turn affect the price, availability and quality of key raw materials. There is growing awareness of the importance of sustainable raw material production because the consequences of climate change are increasingly evident. Many consumers want to use their personal consumer power to promote sustainable development, a point of view that is reflected in increased demand for ethical products.

Orkla has long been actively engaged in collaboration with its suppliers on solving sustainability challenges in its value chain. The goal is to ensure that all important agricultural products and packaging used by the Group are sustainably produced – without causing deforestation – by 2020. 

Orkla’s approach

Orkla collaborates with suppliers all over the world. Irrespective of country, all its suppliers are required to comply with the Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct and ensure that production is carried out in accordance with internationally recognised standards for human rights, working conditions, environment and anti-corruption efforts. The Group’s central purchasing function conducts an annual risk screening of all direct suppliers and a risk assessment of all new suppliers. Potentially risky suppliers are monitored by setting requirements and engaging in dialogue, and in some cases a business ethics audit is performed.

  • Monitoring of suppliers

    Monitoring of suppliers

    The Orkla companies monitor potentially risky suppliers by engaging in dialogue, conducting audits and providing guidance. Audits of business ethics are performed in cases where more detailed and i...
  • Sustainable raw materials

    Sustainable raw materials

    There are social and environmental challenges associated with certain raw material supply chains. To ensure that raw materials are produced with respect for people and the environment, several Orkl...
  • Partners and international solutions

    Partners and international solutions

    Industry cooperation and the harmonisation of standards and monitoring tools across sectors and geographical locations are important means of reducing the workload imposed on suppliers in connection with follow-up, and of...


  • Per Røhnebæk

    Per Røhnebæk

    Head of Sourcing Development and Support

    +47 47 41 47 72

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  • Sophie Arildsson

    Sophie Arildsson

    Responsible Sourcing Manager

    +47 917 22 130

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Sourcing at Orkla

The total value of Orkla’s sourcing in 2016 was NOK 22,000 million. Around 61% of purchases come from local suppliers in the countries in which Orkla operates. A total of 61% of purchases are made in the Nordics and Baltics, Orkla’s main markets. Orkla’s branded consumer goods companies buy raw materials, other materials and services from around 27,000 suppliers. Of these, 3,500 are significant in terms of purchasing volume. 

Sustainability pledge

Orkla will strive to develop sustainable value chains. In 2020, all sourcing will be carried out in compliance with Orkla’s sustainable production principles.

Primary objectives up to 2020

  • Ensure that all suppliers comply with Orkla’s Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure that important agricultural products, animal products, marine raw materials and packaging are produced sustainably.
  • Contribute to long-term improvement in conditions for 10,000 farmers.

Supplier Code of Conduct