Global Compact

Orkla became a signatory to the UN Global Compact in 2005. The commitment to Global Compact means that Orkla is one of more than 12,000 companies and organisations that are committed to promoting Global Compact’s Ten Principles on human and workers’ rights, the environment and anti-corruption efforts. We engage with other participants in the network for common learning and sharing of experiences.

Participation in the Global Compact obliges Orkla to make annual status reports. Orkla uses the Sustainability Report to document the Group’s efforts in these.


Human rights

Fundamental human rights are a universal entitlement. Support for the human rights which are enshrined in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is one of the cornerstones of Orkla’s general value base. The concept of ‘human rights’ is very broad, and also encompasses rights related to the working situation.

Orkla supports the Global Compact principles for human and workers’ rights:

Principle 1:

We shall support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights

Orkla Annual Report 2019 pp 36-38, 56-61, 76, 78-79, 107-128

Principle 2:

We shall make sure that we are not complicit in human rights abuses

Orkla Annual Report 2018 pp 36-38, 76, 78-79, 86-87, 107-128

Principle 3:

We uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining

Orkla Annual Report 2019 pp 78-79, 107, 116-117

Principle 4:

We uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour

Orkla Annual Report 2019 pp 76, 78-79, 107, 116

Principle 5:

We uphold the effective abolition of child labour

Orkla Annual Report 2019 pp 76, 78-79, 107, 116

Principle 6:

We uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Orkla Annual Report 2019 pp 76, 78-79, 107, 116-118


Orkla’s position on these principles is explained in our Responsible Employer and Human Rights Policy. Through the policy we describe what it means to respect human and workers’ rights for the group companies, focussing on the issues which have particular importance and relevance to our daily operations.

The key topics of Orkla’s Responsible Employer and Human Rights Policy are:

  • The right to life and security of person
  • The rights of liberty and privacy
  • Competence development
  • Diversity and no discrimination
  • Consultation and employee involvement
  • Fair working terms
  • Respect for children’s rights
  • Protection of marginalized populations

Through consciousness about these topics and by carrying out regular risk assessments, the Orkla companies shall make sure that they comply with the principles of Orkla’s Responsible Employer and Human Rights Policy. Moreover, the companies shall operate with due diligence to avoid becoming involved in violations of human rights committed by others.

Orkla’s Responsible Employer and Human Rights Policy has been approved by Orkla’s Group Executive Board, and applies to all companies within the Orkla group. The policy is a supplement to the Orkla group directive on corporate responsibility, which outlines the key principles for corporate responsibility at Orkla. The Orkla Code of Conduct outlines Orkla’s guidelines for what is considered responsible conduct of employees, managers and board members in all Orkla companies.



Our companies have an impact on the environment at every stage of the value chain, from the production of raw materials to the end user’s management of waste.

Principle 7:

We will support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Orkla Annual Report 2019 pp 36-38, 56-61, 63-74, 75-88

Principle 8:

We will undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

Orkla Annual Report 2019 pp 36-38, 56-61, 63-74, 75-88


Principle 9:

We will encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

Orkla Annual Report 2019 pp 65-72, 81-85


The precautionary principle and the life-cycle thinking are central to Orkla’s decisions and activities. Orkla’s policy and standard for environment, health and safety (EHS) forms the basis for the day-to-day environmental work, which targets both the external environment and the working environment.

Orkla’s EHS activities are also based on the following general principles:

  • Promote sustainable development
  • Minimise the adverse environmental effects of our operations and products
  • Create a corporate culture in which effective, preventive EHS efforts are one of the main pillars
  • Be able to offer every employee a safe and secure job
  • Companies must comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which they operate, while at the same time promoting the Group’s environmental standards as guiding principles in all countries

Orkla expects its suppliers and business partners to share its views, values and goals as regards EHS issues.



Principle 10:

We shall work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

Annual Report 2019 pp 119-120


Read more in Orkla’s Annual Report 2019.

The United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

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