Animal Welfare Policy

We aim to purchase all animal-derived raw materials and products according to this policy by 2025.

Each year millions of animal are raised for human consumption throughout the world. The welfare of these animals depends on the 1 billion people involved in the rearing, handling, transporting and processing of the animals. Orkla has a wide range of products that include ingredients or components that derive from animals, such as dairy ingredients, beef and pork meat, poultry, egg and wool. As a leading food producer we want to make a difference by safeguarding animal welfare in our value chain. During 2018 we developed an Animal Welfare Policy which covers the animal welfare before, during and after the productive life of the animals. Our methods for monitoring and improving animal welfare standards throughout our global value chains are based on the Five Animal Freedoms, as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health: Freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury or disease, freedom to express normal behavior and freedom from fear and (chronic) distress. The purpose of Orkla’s Animal Welfare Policy is to increase awareness, guide our suppliers and contribute to responsible business practices. We aim to purchase all important animal-derived raw materials and products from sustainable sources by 2020.