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People Development

Norske Skog’s people strategy is to maintain a, business oriented, international organisation that retains and attracts highly competent and motivated employees on all levels. We give people the opportunity to grow personally and professionally in a stimulating work environment. We value people who are open to change and willing to explore and develop their professional talent in demanding business environments. Professional leadership is important for the success of the Group and its employees.

Professional leadership implies sound and transparent people performance management, hereunder providing a working environment in which everyone can apply their skills and systematically develop their abilities. Management encourages entrepreneurship, promotes empowerment and supports proactive behaviour. Disagreements are dealt with constructively, and all employees may address difficult issues and expect professional treatment of their concerns. Discussions and conversations of professional and social nature are carried out in a respectful and including manner.

A set of principles has been developed to support our people strategy. These principles underline the importance of developing people through visible leadership and managerial effectiveness, and are elaborated as set out in the illustration below.

For the development and maintenance of people and competencies within Norske Skog, we have developed Corporate Standards to provide more detailed directions.

In general, Norske Skog’s people development requirements entail:

  • Maintaining professional recruitment processes based on internal and external competition when applicable
  • Consequence culture – meaning:
  • Using sound and transparent people performance management processes
  • Constructively addressing difficult situations, unsatisfactory performance and breach of obligations
  • Aiming at competitive employee conditions in order to attract and retain professionalism and competence and promote achievement of the Group’s targets
  • Rewards include individuals and teams
  • Leaders’ failure to follow up compliance and development initiatives may have individual consequences
  • Breach of external or internal rules may have individual consequences
  • Expecting and empowering employees to take ownership of their personal development in co-operation with the company
  • Challenge and motivate colleagues and leaders
  • Employee competence development based on business needs and individual ambitions and talents
  • Engaging in regular employee dialogues regarding personal development plans for all employees
  • Facilitating cooperation and sharing of knowledge across units and functional and geographical borders
  • Maintaining and developing talents
  • Providing equal rights, opportunities and treatment for equally qualified employees and applicants to vacant positions regardless of race, gender, religion, political conviction, nationality, cultural origin, disability, age, sexual preference, trade union membership or other factors protected by applicable laws
  • Discriminatory and harassing behaviour is not acceptable in Norske Skog
  • People relations based on respect for fundamental human rights and the UN Principles of the Global Compact

Our Relationship with Employee Representatives

Norske Skog fully supports the individual employee’s right to join a trade union, and fully acknowledges the unions’ rights according to international conventions and national regulations.

Elected employee representatives have been assigned with the important task of promoting the common interests of our work force, as well as supporting individual employees in protecting their employee interests.

Taking care of the relationship with elected employee representatives is an important element in mutual assurance of Norske Skog’s core values. The overall goal is a working environment where our values openness, honesty and cooperation are actively applied and where individuals are free to express their views, either individually or through a representative.

Norske Skog’s requirements for the relationship with employee representatives include:

  • Norske Skog’s values apply to how managers at all levels are to act towards the elected employee representatives during negotiations and in other cooperative relationships
  • Norske Skog’s values also apply to how the elected employee representatives carry out their work
  • Negotiations, consultations and cooperation for improving the operations are a local responsibility
  • No employee shall be granted privileges or be discriminated against due to his or her association with a trade union
  • Norske Skog respects basic human and trade union rights
  • Challenges are to be solved at the lowest possible level
  • The management and employee representatives are responsible for developing a good climate of cooperation between the parties at all levels

Human Rights and UN Global Compact

Norske Skog respects fundamental human rights and subscribes to the UN Global Compact principles listed below.

By supporting our mindset and guiding our actions in ethical business conduct and honest communication, the universally accepted principles as summarized by the United Nations strategic policy initiative help us build trust with local communities, governmental authorities and other stakeholders in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

According to the 10 UN Global Compact principles, businesses should:

  1. Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights 
  2. Make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  3. Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  4. Uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  5. Uphold the effective abolition of child labour
  6. Uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  7. Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  10. Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery


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0213 Oslo

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Norske Skog AS
Karenslyst allé 49
0278 Oslo