Care for people and society

Orkla wants to create good jobs and to contribute to solving important societal challenges in partnership with others.

Orkla is a major employer with operations in around 30 countries. This entails a responsibility for safeguarding the health and safety of our employees, and respecting important human rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of organisation and the right to fair working conditions. At the same time, Orkla can help to solve the sustainability challenges related to the value chains of which we are a part. By developing good jobs and engaging in efforts to promote improvement in the countries in which we have a presence, we can contribute to welfare and create positive ripple effects for thousands of people. This is important, moreover, for creating a strong organisation and attaining our business goals.

Orkla’s approach

Orkla’s Responsible Employer and Human Rights Policy sets out overarching guidelines for the way we are to create good workplaces, respect important human rights and promote a corporate culture characterised by openness, respect and consideration. Orkla also has more detailed internal standards and guidelines for several of the topics covered by the policy. In 2017, new, common targets were drawn up for our work up to 2025 which address the following topics: Responsible employer, occupational health and safety, integrity and stakeholder dialogue and social engagement. These targets and the internal policies in this area have been approved by the Orkla Executive Board and apply to all business areas and companies. The work must be of a preventative nature, with emphasis on the precautionary principle and the principle of continuous improvement.

Responsibility for this work lies with the management of the individual business unit with the support of the Human Resources (HR), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), EHS and Legal Affairs functions. Orkla oversees the companies’ efforts by means of business area reviews and internal reports to the Group’s CSR function, which submits annual progress reports to Orkla’s Board of Directors. Orkla’s Executive Vice President for Group Functions and Legal Affairs has overarching responsibility for ensuring that the work on the four topics is regularly evaluated and that the governing documents are revised as necessary.

Main goals up to 2025

  • Create strong local engage- ment for sustainability
  • 100% compliance with Orkla’s human rights policy
  • Create healthy workplaces with zero injuries
  • Women in 50% of leadership positions at all levels
  • Create a culture of integrity everywhere

Orkla’s work to promote stakeholder dialogue, social engagement and sustainable consumption supports the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 17.

Efforts to promote good workplaces with emphasis on diversity and inclusion, a safe working environment and respect for workers’ rights support the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 8.