UN’s sustainable development goals

Global sustainability challenges call for concerted efforts by business and industry and government authorities. Orkla wants to contribute to achieving the UN’s global goals for sustainable development.

Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals

Orkla President and CEO Peter A. Ruzicka was one of many top executives who signed a personal pledge in April to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2016, in good company with Global Compact companies all over the world, Orkla put the UN’s new global goals for sustainable development on its agenda. In its sustainability strategy up to 2025, Orkla has identified five main topics on which to concentrate its efforts: nutrition and health, food safety, responsible sourcing, environment and care for people and society. Below is an overview showing how we strive to achieve UN’s global goals for sustainable development.

Sustainable Development Goal Orkla’s contribution
SDG 2: Zero hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition  and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Work in partnership with farmers and other stakeholders to promote safe and sustainable production methods
  • Use non-genetically modified raw materials based on traditional production methods

By 2025:

  • Aim for sustainable production of agricultural products, marine and animal raw materials
  • Reach out to 50,000 farmers with improvement programmes
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Develop products and solutions for health and wellness
  • Inspire consumers through healthy lifestyle campaigns
  • Engage in nutrition and health research projects

By 2025:

  • Double the consumption of products for health and wellness
  • 15% less salt and sugar
  • Inspire people to adopt a healthier lifestyle
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive 
employment and decent work for all
  • Be a responsible employer
  • Promote sustainable use of resources
  • Monitor and engage with suppliers to ensure respect for people and the environment

By 2025:

  • All business units perform at a high level with regards to being a responsible employer
  • Ensure respect for workers’ rights throughout the supply chain
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Develop products and solutions based on good sustainability principles
  • Engage in innovation to reduce post-consumer waste
  • Explore business opportunities linked to the circular economy

By 2025:

  • Reduce energy and water consumption from Orkla’s operations by 30%
  • Reduce waste from Orkla’s operations by 50%
  • Aim for 100% recyclable packaging
SDG13: Climate action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Make the transition to low-carbon operations
  • Develop products and packaging with reduced climate impact
  • Increase consumption of vegetarian foods

By 2025:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Orkla’s operations by 60% (baseline 2014)
  • 60% renewable energy
SDG 14: Life below water
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Engage for healthy oceans and sustainable fishing
  • Develop innovative solutions for avoiding emissions of micro plastic from products
  • Implement activities to achieve a cleaner coast and shoreline and prevent ocean pollution

By 2025:

  • Achieve sustainable production of fish raw materials
  • Make a significant contribution to fighting pollution and promote healthy oceans through collaboration and engagement activities


SDG 15: Life on land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage 
forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Ensure that the production of raw materials used in Orkla products does not contribute to deforestation by monitoring suppliers and implementing improvements to address the challenges in the various raw material chains

By 2020:

  • Ensure deforestation-free supply chains

By 2025:

  • Aim for 100% raw materials from sustainable sources
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and

revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
  • Collaborate with authorities, external experts, organisations and other stakeholders to promote sustainable production and consumption
  • Actively engage in collaboration initiatives to promote a consumer health
  • Help to establish good industry practices for sustainable sourcing by engaging in AIM-PROGRESS and the Ethical Trading Initiative Norway