Frequently asked questions about corporate responsibility in Orkla

Below you will find the questions most commonly asked about Orkla’s corporate responsibility. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for on our website, please get in touch with one of the contacts listed to the right or send an e-mail to


We adhere to the UN’s definition of sustainable development, which implies meeting the needs of people living today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Through Orkla’s sustainability strategy we address a number of the UN sustainable development goals, and we will use them as a lodestar to guide our efforts. Orkla’s President and CEO was one of fifty Norwegian business leaders who signed a personal pledge to support the UN’s global goals for sustainable development which were launched in September 2015.

See the summary of Orkla’s sustainability goals.

Orkla’s sustainability strategy was drawn up in 2014 and describes the direction in which the Group’s efforts will be aimed up to 2020. The strategy covers the four topics considered to be particularly important for Orkla based on a combined sustainability and business perspective: nutrition and health, food safety, responsible sourcing and environment. In each of these areas, we have set concrete goals and established action plans, and we work actively to deliver on our sustainability pledges.

Orkla’s corporate responsibility work also includes efforts in the following areas: human resource development and corporate culture, occupational health and safety and community engagement. We have prepared a materiality analysis that provides an overview of all important corporate responsibility and sustainability topics. The analysis is based on the guidelines for the GRI global sustainable reporting standards.

Meeting global sustainability challenges requires the concerted efforts of business and industry and the public authorities. We want to contribute to achieving the UN’s global sustainable development goals. In 2015, in good company with Global Compact companies all over the world, Orkla put the UN’s new global goals for sustainable development on its agenda. In its sustainability strategy up to 2020, Orkla has identified four main topics on which to concentrate its efforts: nutrition and health, food safety, responsible sourcing and environment.

Orkla seeks to promote trust in the Group’s operations through good, open communication. We prepare an annual report on our corporate responsibility and sustainability work. Through our website, we also provide information on Orkla’s routine work procedures and on important actions that we have taken. Orkla also reports on its environmental work to the investor initiative CDP and on its efforts to promote responsible sourcing to the member-based resource centre IEH – Ethical Trading Initiative Norway.
Read more about Orkla’s reporting.

Working to promote human rights begins with understanding what respect for human rights means in practice for our companies, employees and business partners. Orkla’s human rights policy sets out guidelines for how we should work to promote the human and workers’ rights considered to be most relevant for the Orkla companies’ day-to-day operations. These include the principles of the right to human dignity, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to life, liberty and security, competence development, privacy, diversity and non-discrimination, consultation and employee involvement, working conditions, prevention of child labour and protection of marginalised population groups.

In our human rights work, taking responsibility for our own employees is a particularly important concern. At Orkla, we work purposefully to ensure a good working environment that promotes good health, professional development and well-being. To make sure that our operations do not contribute to human rights violations in the supply chain, we have established procedures for identifying risks and monitoring suppliers.

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About occupational health and safety
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Nutrition and health

At Orkla we work actively to make our food and drink products healthier, among other things by reducing the percentage of saturated fat, salt and sugar in Orkla products. In the past few years, we have also increased our focus on fish, high-fibre grain foods, natural foods with no artificial additives and products for persons with allergies.

Read more about our efforts to reduce salt, sugar and saturated fat in our products

Orkla works closely with the public health authorities and external centres of expertise to find effective solutions to the health challenges we face. Orkla wants to be an active partner for the authorities. In Norway, for instance, we participate in the Norwegian Minister of Health’s working group for food businesses, for which reducing salt, sugar and saturated fat is a key topic. Orkla companies are involved in 20 different research projects, and several studies related to Orkla’s branded consumer goods and product categories are currently being carried out. Read more about our nutrition and health work in our Annual Report.

We have worked systematically to reduce the salt content for several years. By signing the Norwegian Salt Partnership, Orkla has committed itself to helping to develop common objectives for the salt content of key food product categories and a common system for measuring results and highlighting efforts to lower the salt content of foods, drink and ready meals.

Read more about our reduction of salt in our products here

Orkla offers sugar-free and low-sugar alternatives in categories such as drinks, spreads, jams and ketchup. The Orkla companies are also working actively to reduce the amount of sugar in a range of products.

Responsible sourcing

The vast majority of food products, biscuits, snacks and confectionery manufactured by Orkla for the Nordic grocery market are now palm oil-free.
Orkla has adopted a two-pronged approach to its use of palm oil. The Group companies make active efforts to replace palm oil with healthier alternatives, thereby reducing their use of palm oil. At the same time, Orkla works to ensure that the palm oil it uses is traceable and sustainably produced by imposing stringent standards for sustainable cultivation practices, monitoring its suppliers, implementing a system for traceability and increased use of raw materials certified through the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Certification entails regular inspections of mills and plantations, with focus not only on deforestation, but also other important factors such as working conditions and use of pesticides. Read more

Small cocoa farms in West Africa produce close to 70% of the world’s cocoa. There are several challenges associated with this production, including the risk of child labour and potential health and safety hazards for workers. Orkla wishes to reduce the risk of child labour and other unacceptable practices, and to help improve the earning potential and living conditions of cocoa farmers. Orkla companies seek to promote sustainable cocoa farming, for instance by purchasing certified cocoa through the UTZ Certified programme. Orkla’s aim is for all the cocoa purchased by its companies to be sustainably produced by 2020. Read more

As a major purchaser, Orkla can promote good working conditions at its suppliers’ facilities by setting clearly defined requirements and actively monitoring operations. The Orkla Supplier Code of Conduct stipulates zero tolerance for child labour. Compliance with this requirement is monitored through dialogue with suppliers and auditing of at-risk suppliers. In raw material chains where the risk of child labour is assessed as high, we want to take special measures. One example is cocoa, on which Orkla works closely with the UTZ Certified programme. Read more

Conservation of tropical rainforests and other forests with high conservation value is crucial to limiting global warming and preserving natural diversity. Preventing deforestation in the supply chain is a key focus of Orkla’s efforts to ensure sustainable raw material production. In 2015, Orkla introduced a policy to promote deforestation-free supply chains, which establishes guidelines for this work. The goal is to ensure that all key agricultural commodities are sustainably produced without deforestation by 2020, and in the case of palm oil as early as 2017. The new policy is a natural follow-up of the commitment that Orkla made by signing the 2014 UN-initiated New York Declaration on Forests and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) initiative, “Remove commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains”, launched prior to the climate summit held in the autumn of 2015. Read more

Orkla’s aim is for key agricultural products, marine raw materials and packaging to be sustainably produced by 2020. This means that raw materials must be produced with respect for people, animals and the environment, in compliance with the Orkla Supplier Code of Conduct. Furthermore, we will join forces with our suppliers to help solve specific sustainability challenges, such as rainforest destruction, overfishing or soil impoverishment. We are in the process of drawing up and implementing action plans designed to address the problems in different raw material chains, such as palm oil, cocoa and marine raw materials. Read more