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Sustainability

Orkla is committed to operating in accordance with responsible, ethical and sound business principles throughout the value chain, applying stringent standards to its own activities and to its impact on the environment and society at large.

Orkla’s environmental and corporate responsibility work is based on its recognition of the fundamental obligation of business and industry to operate in a sustainable manner, with respect for people and the environment. At the same time, our activities are affected by global health and sustainability trends. We believe that the ability to reduce the risks and exploit the opportunities related to these trends will be decisive for achieving long-term profitable growth.

Orkla wishes to contribute to sustainable development by offering healthy, more environmentally friendly products, maintaining high food safety standards, ensuring effective resource use, promoting supply chain improvements and, in general, operating responsibly. In our sustainability strategy up to 2020, we have identified four areas in which Orkla can exercise a strong influence on society, and where we can make a significant contribution to ensuring a sustainable value chain. In each of these areas, Orkla has formulated a sustainability pledge.

  • Nutrition and health: Promote a healthy lifestyle
    Orkla seeks to promote better public health by developing healthier products, using clear labelling, adhering to responsible marketing practices and implementing measures to increase physical activity among the population.
  • Food safety: Ensure safe food throughout the value chain
    Orkla applies the same product quality standards regardless of the country in which the product is manufactured or sold.
  • Responsible sourcing: Develop sustainable value chains.
    In 2020, all purchasing is to be carried out in compliance with Orkla’s sustainable production principles.
  • Environment: Minimise our environmental footprint
    Orkla will strive to minimise its environmental footprint by ensuring that the Group’s activities and products are not harmful to the environment.

All stakeholders must be able to have confidence in Orkla’s activities and products. Consequently, Orkla's companies focus systematically on the quality assurance of products and production processes. To be worthy of our customers’ and society’s trust, we also consider it important that our companies are able to understand their role in society and ensure that they operate responsibly in every area, thereby taking account of the needs of both present and future generations. A sustainable society is created through constructive interaction between the public authorities, business and industry and society at large. Orkla’s goal is to ensure that its operations create positive ripple effects and long-term value for its shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and for the communities in which we operate.

Orkla is a member of the UN Global Compact and supports the initiative’s ten universal principles. Through clearly defined attitudes, active influence and targeted improvement efforts, Orkla companies will help to promote human rights, good working and environmental standards and zero tolerance for corruption.