Orkla operates in many different sectors. Our businesses 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.
Orkla is conscious of its responsibility to its employees, society at large and the environment, and wishes to ensure that its operations are long-term, sound and sustainable. Our main challenge therefore lies in continuously increasing our ability to economise on our consumption of raw materials, water and energy and prevent adverse environmental effects.
Through several of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Orkla is a major consumer of energy. This is a situation that offers both challenges and possibilities. To be able to meet demands for more efficient operations while limiting the negative environmental impacts of our own production, we continuously seek new solutions and innovations that use less energy. In many of its business areas Orkla works to develop renewable energy and to reduce the negative consequences of the necessary use of energy from fossil fuel. Orkla has a stated goal, as defined in our steering documents and guidelines, of zero adverse effects on human beings and the environment. Recognising our environmental responsibility also means establishing effective procedures for waste recovery and recycling at every level of the Group.
The precautionary principle and the life-cycle thinking are central to Orkla’s decisions and activities. Orkla’s policy for environment, health and safety (EHS), which is rooted in the Group’s mission statement “Goals and Values”, forms the basis for its day-to-day environmental work, which targets both the external environment and the working environment. At Orkla, responsibility for environmental efforts is decentralised. Each company is responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on environmental activities.
Orkla’s EHS activities are also based on the following general goals:
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.