People & Local Communities

People

Norsk Hydro aims to be a leader in our industry for occupational health and safety. This will be achieved through consistent improvement of the management process, committed and viable leadership and through full engagement of our employees.

Our entire business is active in identifying safety risks, and our risk KPI remains an important leading indicator enabling us to manage and monitor processes and tasks with high inherent risks.

In 2018, New Chapter was established and aims to create a common platform and identity for our 36,000 employees across the world. Hydro’s value platform, The Hydro Way, and visual profile including our logo have been renewed, along with strategic direct Bigger, Better, Greener and stakeholder positioning strategy.

Our Fit4Future initiative aims at step-change focus areas, including strategic fit, differentiation and simplification. Our common process for people performance and development, My Way, and our learning and development platform, Hydro Academy have been implemented across the whole business.

To deliver on our goals, and to remain competitive, Hydro needs leaders and specialists with the right skills. We’re dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our employees to ensure the future success of Hydro and our staff. After an update of our people strategy in 2016, we’ve continued to reinforce existing processes, as well as implementing new ones. We’ve developed a global framework for competence management, which will continue into 2019 and beyond.

Our global organisation represents diversity in education, experience, gender, age and cultural background. This encourages our innovation, learning and improves our customer understanding. Through inclusion and diversity, we let all employees know they’re valued for who they are, and that everyone contributes to the success of our business strategy.

Local Communities

As a global company with mining interests, ensuring we conduct ourselves responsibility is important to us across our value chain. We consider our impact on society, spanning from construction to divestment, as well as the potential to exposure to corruption and human rights violations, within our own operations and in the supply chain.

Our compliance system ensures all persons acting on Hydro’s behalf comply with applicable laws and regulations, as well as within the requirements adopted by Hydro.

Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) is built on the aim of making a difference by strengthening our business partners and local communities where we operate. To do this, we target the fundamental drivers of long-term development. In line with our stakeholder expectations and through strong partnerships we aim to:

  • Contribute to quality education in our communities
  • Promote decent work throughout the value and supply chain
  • Foster economic growth in our communities
  • Strengthening local communities and institutions through capacity building

Our commitment to internationally recognising human rights provides a platform for our approach and initiatives. All people are entitled to basic rights and freedoms. This provides a solid framework to assess opportunities and risks in developed and developing countries.

We achieve our ambitions through partnering with people and communities. Through transparent dialogue, collaboration and by building, we can make a positive impact for all communities we work in and promote social change.

We’re committed to contributing to quality education and capacity building for 500,000 people in our communities and for our business partners from 2018 to 2030.