Orkla became a signatory to the UN Global Compact in 2005. By doing so, 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.
– The Global Compact Ten Principles have been useful in guiding the development of Orkla’s own Corporate Responsibility guidelines, says President & CEO of Orkla, Peter A. Ruzicka.
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.
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:
We shall support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
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We shall make sure that we are not complicit in human rights abuses
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We uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
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We uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
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We uphold the effective abolition of child labour
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We uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
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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:
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.
We will support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
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We will undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
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We will encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
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Orkla is conscious of its responsibility for the environment. We wish to ensure that our operations are long-term, sound and sustainable. We are therefore working purposefully to continuously increase our ability to economise with raw materials, water and energy, prevent adverse environmental effects and develop new and environmentally-friendly products and solutions.
We continuously seek new solutions and innovations that use less energy, and have achieved significant reductions in energy consumption during the last years. From 2017, all the electricity for for our European operations will come from renewable hydro power through the use of Guarantees of Origin. We are also establishing effective procedures for waste reduction and recovery, and have set the target of reducing food waste by 50% by 2025 as compared to 2014.
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:
We shall work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery
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