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 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.