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Responsible sourcing

Orkla is committed to sourcing safe, environmentally-friendly raw materials. By setting clearly defined requirements for its suppliers and working together to solve complex challenges in the value chain, Orkla seeks to contribute to sustainable development.

Sustainable development means meeting the needs of today’s population without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Population growth and climate change are putting growing pressure on natural resources. This affects the quality, availability and price of key agricultural raw materials, fish and seafood. The production of certain raw materials can also pose risks to the environment, people and animals.

Our approach

All Orkla’s suppliers are required to comply with the Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct, which sets out the standards Orkla expects its suppliers to meet with regard to human rights, workers’ rights and social conditions, environmental waste management and anti-corruption efforts.

Orkla’s responsible sourcing work is based on a threestep model:

  1. General risk assessment of its supplier base
  2. Requirement that high-risk suppliers are members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) and perform self-assessments
  3. Audit of business ethics when necessary

Procedures for identifying risk and monitoring suppliers have been implemented in 23 companies, which account for a total of 85% of sourcing in Orkla’s core areas.

  • 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 value of Orkla’s purchases in 2015 totalled NOK 19 billion. Approximately 61% of procurements are made from suppliers in the Nordics and Baltics, which are Orkla’s most important markets. Orkla’s branded consumer goods companies purchase raw materials, other materials and services from some 24,000 suppliers, 3,000 of which are major suppliers.

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, marine raw materials and packaging are produced sustainably. This applies to products such as cocoa, palm oil, soybean, vegetables, berries, fruit, nuts and seeds.
  • Contribute to long-term improvement in conditions for 10,000 farmers.