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We uphold internationally recognized labor rights and are committed to providing meaningful and attractive jobs with fair compensation.

Our employees

Our Employees

The Group aims to be an attractive employer for both existing and potential employees. Two of the Group’s strategic priorities are “create a learning and innovative organization” and “develop our people & our communities”. Our employees are crucial for our success, and as an employer, Lerøy strives to create an including and engaging work environment characterised by collaboration, learning and continuous development.

Our values: Honest, Open, Responsible and Creative lie at the foundation of everything we do. Therefore, it is important that our employees live by and identify with our values and represent the Group as positive ambassadors.

One of our focus areas is to develop an inclusive and engaging work environment. Within the Group, we strive to build a culture of pride and openness through collaboration and learning across our fully integrated value chain. To measure this, we run an annual employee survey in collaboration with Great Place to Work that is distributed to every employee in the Group. The survey is available in 18 languages, and it is voluntary to participate in. We encourage all employees in the Group to participate and we are proud to have achieved an answer rate of 86% in 2023.

In the future, we will continue to build our “One Lerøy” culture focusing on continuous development and improvement.


Own employees - Information on employees by gender
Number of employees
(head count)
5 119
Male 3 314
Female 1 805
Number of permanent employees
(head count)
4 397
Male 2 862
Female 1 535
Number of temporary employees
(head count)
Male 452
Female 270
Number of non-guaranteed hours employees
(head count)
Male 98
Female 31
Number of full time employees
(head count)
4 599
Male 2 986
Female 1 613
Number of part time employees
(head count)
Male 230
Female 161
Employees by and hired employees (workers) by country
Number of employees
(head count)
5 119
Norway 3 455
Finland 39
Portugal 98
Spain 481
Denmark 389
Netherlands 190
Italy 13
Sweden  265
Turkey 38
France 141
United Kingdom 2


Number of permanent employees
(head count )
4 397
Norway 3 008
Finland 37
Portugal 83
Spain 323
Denmark 389
Netherlands 163
Italy 7
Sweden  207
Turkey 38
France 132
United Kingdom 2


Number of temporary employees
(head count)
Norway 447
Finland 2
Portugal 15
Spain 158
Denmark 0
Netherlands 27
Italy 6
Sweden  58
Turkey 0
France 9
United Kingdom 0


Number of non-guaranteed hours employees
(head count)
Norway 124
Finland 0
Portugal 0
Spain 0
Denmark 0
Netherlands 25
Italy 0
Sweden  0
Turkey 0
France 0
United Kingdom 0


Number of full time employees
(head count)
4 599
Norway 3 027
Finland 35
Portugal 98
Spain 480
Denmark 375
Netherlands 126
Italy 13
Sweden  264
Turkey 38
France 133
United Kingdom 2


Number of part time employees
(head count)
Norway 324
Finland 4
Portugal 0
Spain 1
Denmark 14
Netherlands 39
Italy 0
Sweden  1
Turkey 0
France 8
United Kingdom 0


Hired employees (workers)
(head count)
Norway 138
Finland 2
Portugal 15
Spain 234
Denmark 78
Netherlands 304
Italy 6
Sweden  19
Turkey 37
France 20
United Kingdom 0


Total own employees and hired employees (workers) per country
5 972
Norway 3 593
Finland 41
Portugal 113
Spain 715
Denmark 467
Netherlands 494
Italy 19
Sweden  284
Turkey 75
France 161
United Kingdom 0


Hired employees (workers) - Information on employees by gender
Number of hired employees (workers)
(head count)
Male 327
Female 526
Number of hired full time employees (workers)
(head count)
Male 206
Female 255
Number of hired part time employees (workers)
(head count)
Male 121
Female 271


The numbers are reported in head count at the end of reporting period (31.12.2022). 


Own employee/s (GRI term - “employee”) – An employee (full time and part time) employed on a direct employment contract with Lerøy which defines all terms and conditions of the employment relationship.  

Hired employee/s (GRI term “worker”) – An employee (full time and part time) employed temporarily for a fixed period of time (for instance a season) from a recruitment agency. The hired employee has a direct employment contract with the recruitment agency.   

Lerøy predominantly uses hired labour (workers) to meet the organization’s temporary needs during certain times of the year, for instance during the cod (lat. Gadus Morhua) season which begins in January and lasts until the end of April. Hired employees perform the same work and have the same workload as our full-time employees.   

All employees in Lerøy Seafood Group have a written employment contract of employment that sets out the roles and duties of the employment.  

Lerøy requires that hired labour (workers) also have a written employment contract that sets out the roles and duties of the employment. 

Part-time employment in Norway

9.3% of employees and workers at Lerøy’s Norwegian companies work part-time. Of those, 35.3% are women and 64.7% are men. Some of these part-time positions reflect the reduced need for full-time roles, or they have been created in response to the employee’s and worker's needs and wishes. Many of the part-time roles at Lerøy are auxiliary roles staffed by students. This allows the students to gain practical work experience alongside their studies.

Temporary employment in Norway

12.4% of employees at the Norwegian companies are working in temporary roles. Most temporary roles are seasonal and fluctuate with demand, e.g. during the cod (lat. Gadus Morhua) season. Lerøy also draws on a pool of temporary workers to meet its ever changing need for resources throughout the year and to cover for staff who are on leave or working on projects.

All companies in the Group carry out employment, occupational health and safety related and compliance related reporting on a monthly/quarterly basis in the Group’s reporting system Cemasys. The reported information is consolidated at Group level.   

There are no significant fluctuations in the number of employees during the reporting period. However, the Group has included the number of Non-Guaranteed Hours Employees in its reporting as per updated GRI standard.

Women at work in factory
  Male  Female  Total
Number of workers who are not employees 327 526 853
Information on employees by gender Male  Female  Total
Number of employees (head count) 3 641 2 331 5 972
Number of permanent employees (head count) 2 846 1 526 4 372
Number of temporary employees (head count)  795 805 1 600
Number of non-guaranteed hours employees  (head count) 98 31 129
Number of full time employees (head count) 3 192 1 868 5 060
Number of part time employees (head count) 351 432 783

Occupational health and safety

Lerøy Seafood Group (the Group) is committed to providing safe and healthy workplaces, by preventing work-related injuries and ill-health, as well as proactively improving its health and safety performance, fulfilling legal and other relevant requirements and working towards achieving defined health and safety objectives.

Positive and Negative Impacts of the Material Topic

Absence of harmful  conditions that can cause injury and illness as well as health promoting measures are fundamental principles and rights at work. Promotion of safe and healthy working environment has significant positive impacts both on direct operations as well as operations of our supply chain. Respecting the right to safe and healthy working environment is an inherent part of good business practice. Lerøy expects and requires that the right to safe and healthy working environment is a core component within the operations of the company  as well as in relation to employees and workers in our supply chains. Lerøy is working actively to ensure that the company prevents and mitigates the risk of contributing to adverse impacts on human rights.

To the best of our knowledge, the organization is not involved with negative impacts regarding promoting safe and healthy working environment.


Health and Safety Policy

The Group has developed Occupational Health and Safety policy which, on high level, outlines the long-term direction for the Group to support and continually improve its health and safety performance providing an overall sense of direction, as well as framework for setting health and safety objectives.

The policy sets out requirements for the Group’s own health and safety work as well as states that the same strict requirements apply to its business partners. The Group’s business partners have to confirm that they acknowledge and will follow the principles stated in the Group’s Code of Conduct.

The Group aims to have zero injuries in the workplace and prevent all occupational illness. This is achieved through robust health and safety management which is detrimental for succeeding with identifying, preventing and mitigating significant negative occupational health and safety impacts.

Health and Safety Culture

The Group is continuously working on developing a strong safety culture which further develops the defined health and safety direction of the Group. Safety culture in the Group is supported by the Group’s values, managerial practices, patterns of activities and competencies – core elements for ensuring  and maintaining sustainable health and safety culture.

The top management in the Group has the ultimate responsibility for an adequate health and safety management in the Group. Each company within the Group has identified specific health and safety roles and responsibilities assigned to one or several individuals to ensure sound and consistent health and safety management locally.

Health and Safety Management

In order to protect the health and safety of its employees, manage the topic and related impacts the Group is actively working with identifying annd assessing risks, incident reporting and analysis as well as implementation of safety measures. Effectiveness of the implemented safety measures is constantly measures and monitored. The ulitmate goal of helath and safety management is to prevent workplace accidents and injuries, as well as to promote the overall well-being of employees. This includes providing training on safety practices and procedures, ensuring compliance with regulations and standards, and conducting regular safety audits. 

To track effectiveness of the actions taken each of the Group’s companies has defined occupational health and safety related KPIs which are monitored and reviewed as a minimum on monthly basis. The reported information and results provides an indication of progress toward the goals and targets. Successes as well as challanges and setbacks are identified and shared with relevant stakeholders. If necessary, based on lessons learned, changes are implemented. This may involve revising and updating policies and procedures and changing practices. Lessons learned are used to continuously improve the process to ensure that the actions meet the needs of stakeholders and deliver desired results. Relevant stakeholders receive information regarding implemented changes. 

The Group has implemented a Quality Management System which is available to all companies in the Group as well as employees (individuals who are in an employment relationship with the organization according to national law or practice regarding working time, GRI 2021) and workers (person that performs work for the organizationGRI 2021) and the system contains universal documentation regarding health and safety management. 

If relevant, the group’s companies also have their own local health and safety management documentation libraries which include description of work processes, procedures and other company specific relevant documentation to ensure that all operations are carried out in a safe manner. All employees and workers are covered by relevant health and safety management system.

The scope and nature of the health and safety management work is defined by relevant own, client and legal requirements.

The legal requirements for health and safety vary depending on the country of operation. However, some common legal requirements include that the employer is required to ensure health, safety and welfare of all its employees and workers. This includes providing safe equipment, appropriate personal protective equipment, training and information, hazard communication, ensuring that employees and workers are able to identify and manage risks as well as consulting with employees and workers on health and safety matters.

The Group has integrated risk management into its organizational activities, including health and safety management, and view it as an integral part of its governance, strategy and operations. 

If relevant, the group’s companies also have their own local health and safety management documentation libraries which include description of work processes, procedures and other company specific relevant documentation to ensure that all operations are carried out in a safe manner. All employees and workers are covered by relevant health and safety management system.


Quality Management

The Group has a system (an integral part of Quality Management System) for reporting of safety observations, near-misses, incidents, non-conformances and proposals for improvement. This ensures that all types of safety observations, near-misses, incidents, non-conformances and proposals for improvement are registered in a single system helping the Group to gain an overview of the types of cases registered, trends and identify areas for improvement. In 2022 the Group completed a project where the current system was reviewed and areas of improvement were identified. HSE-case registration form has been updated in order to make it more user-friendly as well as improve the registered data and analytics to improve knowledge-based decision making.

Incident Reporting and Risk Management

All work-related incidents, be they a near miss or an actual incident, shall be reported in the Group’s incident and improvement proposal reporting system where they are analyzed and handled by employees who have the competency to evaluate, and the authority make necessary changes to the existing practices to improve the overall health and safety performance of the organization. All companies have mapped out their work processes as well as identified process risks, hazards and their mitigating actions.

There shall be no reprisals against either employees or workers as a consequence of reporting of hazards and/or hazardous situations. On the contrary – Lerøy welcomes and encourages incident and hazard reporting as it is crucial for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

If relevant and necessary, for example in case of an extraordinary or new work activity to be carried out, a Safe Job Analysis (SJA) is performed prior to execution of the activity in question to ensure that potential risks are identified and there are barriers in place to address these risks. If the SJA concludes that there is a necessity to update or change the current processes or procedure, the change proposal gets submitted to the responsible process/procedure owner who evaluates the proposal and, if appropriate, makes the necessary changes.

100% (5972 employees) of the Group’s management systems are internally and externally audited via various certifications schemes the Group is part of.

All employees and workers (5972) have received necessary training on how to identify risks and carry out risk assessment as well as HSE related  (relevant)  internal and external training which is required by national legislation. Training such as hygiene and safe handling of chemicals training, gas hazard training, safety training, first aid training or training on (use of) particular equipment.

Training in the Farming companies is audited by ASC and GlobalGap.  Norwegian Maritime Authority audits or trawling companies on regular basis. Training is a part of the audits.

They also received both generic training regarding the organization, its processes and procedures as well as specific training depending on their position and the type of work they carry out. Review of specific, work-related hazards, hazardous activities and the appropriate procedures to address these is included in the training.

In 2022 the Group launched a general HSE training. The online training is available for companies in the Farming segment on the Group’s digital training platform Motimate and covers such topics as:

Occupational Health and Safety Management in Lerøy:

  • Legal Requirements
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management system
  • Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Targets
  • Occupational Health and Safety related Roles in the Organization

Quality Management in Lerøy

  • Lerøy Quality Management System
  • Reporting of Non-conformances and Incidents – Definitions and Case handling
  • Reporting and Whistleblowing

Recordable work-related injuries

  • Trends and Statistics
  • Risk-reducing Measures

Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Risk Assessment, Action Plans and Safe Job Analysis
  • Training

Working environment and External Environment

  • Internal and External Environment
  • Working Environment and its key Features

Occupational Health and Safety Follow-up and Continuous Improvement

  • Occupational Health and Safety Follow-up
  • Continuous Improvement and Occupational Health and Safety Yearly Plan

Occupational Health and Safety related Compliance

All of the companies in the Group are compliant with the existing occupational health safety legislation in the countries they operate in as well as follow the principles laid out ISO 45001: 2018 standard Occupational Health and Safety: Basic Principles, however none of the companies has a third-party certification (an independent verification that the company meets the standard).

Occupational Health and Promotion of Employees' and Workers' Health

Most companies within the Group which have employees and workers have established cooperation with an occupational health and safety service provider. Occupational health service providers are involved in risk identification processes as well as serve as advisory bodies regarding various health and safety issues.

The Group uses only authorized occupational health and safety services as well as performs due diligence prior to contracting an occupational health and safety service provider.

The Group is working on promoting employees’ and workers’ health by offering voluntary health promotion services, such as in-house training and voluntary training groups which the employees and workers can join. Some of the companies offer a yearly physician check-up to evaluate the health condition of the person in question and suggest further check-ups/treatment if necessary/appropriate. Information regarding employee and worker health promotion is published on and communicated via the company’s intranet which is available to all employees and workers.

Employee and Worker Participation

The Group has four core values – Honest, Open, Responsible and Creative. These are incorporated in all our activities and shall define our behaviors at work. All employees and workers are encouraged to provide feedback thus influencing and developing transparent two-way communication, consultation and participation practice.

Employees and workers are enabled to contribute and comment on health and safety practices, and it is ensured that all employees and workers have an opportunity to reporter hazardous situations, so that preventative measures can be put into place and necessary corrective action taken.  The Group views consultation and participation of employees and workers as a detrimental success factor for the organization and its development.

83% of all companies in the group have a formal joint management-worker health and safety committee/ safety representative.  NB! In smaller size companies, where it is not required to have a safety committee, safety representative represents the employees and workers in matters concerning health, safety and working environment.

The aim of the committee is to enable a two-way communication and exchange of information as well as give informed feedback to be considered by the organization before implementing a change or making a decision.

Employee representatives, which represent both employees and workers, are a central part of the joint management-worker health and safety committee. The committees meet at least four times a year, extra meetings can be held if necessary.

The committees are handling issues such as occupational health and safety services,  reports from safety representatives, training, organizational changes, corrective and preventative measures, risk evaluation as well as other working environment related issues. The Group aims to be a learning organization and is inviting feedback regarding improving its safe work practices.

Employees' and Workers' Right to Remove Themselves from Hazardous Work Situations

The Group’s Code of Conduct, which all employees of the group must acknowledge and follow, states that health and safety is the number one priority of the Group and that no compromises shall be made when it comes to the employee’s and worker’s safety. All employees and workers have the right to remove themselves from work situations that they believe could cause an injury or ill health.

Occupational Health and Safety Performance Indicators 2022

The Group is monitoring and measuring the following health and safety performance indicators. These indicators are used to track the effectiveness of actions taken as well as evaluate progress of actions taken. The indicators are reviewed monthly both locally by the companies as well as  the  Group’s Management Team.   If a performance in an indicator is not satisfactory measures are put in place in order to improve the performance on the indicator in question.  If necessary and appropriate relevant updates are incorporated into the organization’s operational policies and procedures.

Performance indicator

Result  (2022)


Lost time injury frequency rate (LTI- H Value)


((Number of injuries resulting in absence form work) x 1 000 000/ total number of working hours in the respective period)


Total lost time injury frequency rate (TLTIFR)


((Number of injuries resulting in absence form work) + (Number of injuries without absence from work)) x 1 000 000/ total number of working hours in the respective period


Leave of absence due to illness (total)

6,68 %


Leave of absence due to illness = ((Number of  total sick leave days) x 100/ Number of possible working days)

Leave of absence due to illness (short-term)

2,98 %


Leave of absence due to illness = ((Number of short-term sick leave days) x 100/ Number of possible working days)

Leave of absence due to illness (long-term)

3,70 %

Leave of absence due to illness = ((Number of long-term sick leave days) x 100/ Number of possible working days)

Work-related injuries with absence


Number of work-related personal injuries that have resulted in absence from work

Number of work-related injuries without absence


Number of work-related personal injuries that have not resulted in absence from work

Number of near-misses


Work-related incidents/situations that cause physical injury but do not result in treatment by medical personnel

Number of safety observations

5 289

Fault or defect, for example, equipment, technical objects or breach of routines and procedures that may cause physical damage/ harm

Number of fatalities related to work


An occupational fatality is a death that occurs while a person is at work or performing work-related tasks

% of companies having working environment committee (or safety representative, if/ when relevant) which includes an employee representative


Companies having a working environment committee which includes an employee representative


  • 10% reduction from 2019 to 2022 in H1 value/ Lost Time Injury (LTI) frequency
  • 10% reduction from 2019 to 2022 in Total Injury Rate (TIR)
  • Total number of near-misses and safety observations 2022: 3 per person-years







Organization learning and development

Learning and organizational development

Our employees and workers are essential to our vision to become the most effective supplier of sustainable, high-quality seafood. We are committed to developing their skills and knowledge. Advancing employee’s and workers’ expertise promotes sustainable, responsible and inclusive workplace practice and has positive effects on the economy and human rights. To the best of our knowledge, there are no negative effects on the economy, environment or human rights

Skilled employees and workers are good for society and business. By developing employees and workers the organization is also implicitly contributing to non-discrimination, equal opportunities, and freedom to express workplace concerns. It also gives opportunities for better personal development and social integration

As an employer, Lerøy has a responsibility to develop and maintain our human resources, as well as attract and hire employees with the right competencies to solve existing and future challenges.

We are committed to ensure continuous customized training and development at all levels as well as offer unique and interesting career opportunities for our employees. Lerøy believes that its employees' knowledge and skills help them to maximise their professional potential.

We advertise internal career opportunities and encourage increased internal mobility.

In 2022 the Group further developed the corporate training online platform (Motimate) where compulsory and voluntary training is produced and conducted. Motimate is a tool which the employees can use to develop their competencies and skills. Motimate provides an interactive, easily accessible and simple way of sharing and acquiring knowledge. The Group is pleased to see that 21 537 courses have been completed in Motimate between October 2021 (when the platform was launched) and December 2022 (information regarding the Group’s Norwegian subsidiaries).

In 2023 the Group will continue the process of implementing the tool to all the Group’s companies across the globe.

Employee development

The Group operates in a global industry that requires employees who are dynamic and willing to adapt and learn. By facilitating formal and informal learning areas, our employees will have the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning and development and are encouraged to work in various areas and positions in the Group.

We have a close cooperation and knowledge sharing with various educational institutions, such as universities and colleges. In addition, we cooperate with students at Bachelor, Master and PhD level.

The Group finds great value in recruiting young people and graduates into the industry. We offer apprenticeships, summer vacancies, internships and trainee positions. It is important for the Group to have people from different backgrounds and with different types of education.

Information on internal education and training activities in Lerøy



Health Safety and Environment (HSE)

All employees receive necessary internal and external training which is required by national legislation regarding HSE related topics. Training can be such as hygiene and safe handling of chemicals, gas hazard, safety training, first aid training or training on particular equipment. 




Code of Conduct

All employees in the Group shall receive training on the Group’s Business  Code of Conduct and whistle blowing. In addition, the Group provides training on diversity and inclusion, workplace culture (Great Place To Work) and other initiatives via  Motimate e-learning platform. 


Lerøy Way

In 2022, approximately 100 managers participated in training related to various parts of Lerøy Way business system. The courses take place for 3-5 days out in the value chain and have a good balance between theory and practical exercises. The purpose is for the managers to gain a good basic understanding of Lerøy Way, so that they can further involve their employees and further develop the  improvement work in their own units. In addition to exploring new mindsets and methods, the participants learn from each other's experiences and network across the units and build One Lerøy.


Additionally, all employees and workers in companies where Lerøy Way has been implemented have undergone training in Lerøy Way methodology, Lean and continuous improvement.

Havfiskskolen (Havfisk- school)

Annual mandatory gathering for all the employees working on fishing vessels in Lerøy Havfisk. The theme of the training changes each year. Themes included in the training previously - targets, strategy and KPI’s, HSE, sickleave and absence, Great Place To Work,  Business Code of Conduct and Motimate. The aim of the training is that all employees receive the same information, learning and development.

Equality and diversity


The Group has created an e-learning course regarding equality, diversity and inclusion, which is available and mandatory for all employees in the Norwegian companies. The course aims to create awareness regarding equality and diversity,  and provides insights on how Lerøy works to secure an inclusive and discrimination free work environment.

External initiatives

Lerøy is also offering external learning and development opportunities, such as participation in programmes, lectures, courses and seminars.


Leadership development

The Group focuses on future-oriented and coherent management based on the Group’s values and business strategy. Our managers shall lead by example, show direction and focus on achieving results jointly. In 2022, the Group continued to develop and implement programs and tools to ensure that our managers are accountable and skilled in their role.

Being a manager in Lerøy is a vote of confidence that carries significant responsibility and extensive leadership development programs have been carried out at various levels, where employees from different parts of the Group meet and get to know what it means to be a leader in Lerøy. This work will continue in 2023.

Programs implemented to upgrade employee skills:



Leader in Lerøy

Leader in Lerøy is an introductory  program to management in Lerøy. The programme is based on the Group’s values and management standards and sets clear expectations for managers in Lerøy. Though the programme, basic management theory and principles are reviewed. The participants also complete practical exercises and dilemma training aiming to ensure that the manager is confident in his/her role. The aim of the programme is to provide a deeper insight in being a manager in Lerøy as well as give tools and inspiration to enable and encourage the participants to develop their leadership skills.


Lerøy LUP/LIP is a continuation of Leader in Lerøy managerial development programme. The programme has a strategic focus and provides professional replenishment, inspiration and clarifies manager’s role in Lerøy. The aim of the programme is to understand different perspectives beyond one’s own group or unit as well as demonstrate the value of leadership across the whole value chain. In Lerøy LUP/LIP participants are challenged to look at the importance of leadership in the context of the Group’s vision, targets and values. The participants are working with strategic cases in groups as well as receive individual follow-up.

All the training that is provided is aimed at facilitating continued employability, developing skills and gaining knowledge, however the Group does not offer specific transition assistance programs to provide continued employability and/ or management of career endings resulting form iretirement or terminated employment.

Initiatives for students, graduates and apprentices
The Group believes that it is important to provide jobs and practical experiences for students and graduates as  well as have a collaboration with local learning institutions along the coast of Norway. Lerøy Havfisk (fishing vessels) offers students the opportunity to participate in practice tours as part of their degree completion. The practice tour is held on five of the Group’s fishing vessels and is done in collaboration with local schools. Some students might be offered an opportunity of apprenticeship.

The Group also offer internships for students in other companies along its value chain. The internships are completed in collaboration with local schools and is a part of the student’s degree. The internships are very popular among students. The Group also collaborates with bachelor, master and PhD students.

The Group have apprentices in several companies in various areas of expertise. Lerøy Havfisk (fishing vessels) is the company with the most apprentices and  in 2022 had around 50 apprentices. The apprenticeships last for two years in addition to school. During the apprenticeship they receive a trade certificate upon completion. Lerøy Havfisk also have cadets, which is a degree after apprenticeship and trade school that requires minimum 180 days of cadet training on the fishing vessels, in order to receive a certificate.

Lerøy offers various trainee programmes for graduates. The Group have a collaboration with NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster and Arena Nord Troms, where we have trainees, in addition to the Groups own RAS-trainee programme. The program is a combination of a job in a seafood company and an academic program.






Employees at aquaculture facility

Fair Working Conditions

Fair Working Conditions, Fair Compensation and Freedom of Association

The Group’s commitment to promote fair working conditions, prohibit child labour and all forms of forced and compulsory labour, any kind of discrimination, promoting fair wages as well as prohibiting abuse and inhumane treatment both internally and with our supplier’s, is communicated in our Human rights policy and Business Code of Conduct.

The Group supports and promotes freedom of association and recognizes the right to collective bargaining.

All our employees are free to organize themselves in unions of their choice. They also have the right to engage in collective bargaining. Employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements have identical working conditions and terms of employment as those who are organized in unions of their choice.

The Group keeps a close dialogue with employee representatives, as well as cooperates actively with  its employees/ trade unions.

Lerøy screens all new suppliers using social criteria to verify if the Group’s suppliers adhere to Lerøy’s Business Code of Conduct and establish whether they have implemented necessary measures and practices to support and maintain fair working conditions.

All our employees have written employment contracts in which compensation is specified. Our personnel system and the presence of labour unions ensure that all employees are compensated fairly.

The Group complies with the laws applicable in the different countries in which we operate. The Group’s Business Code of Conduct states that no employee is paid less than the official national minimum wage and industry standard.





Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements, Norway (%)




Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements, internationally (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, USA, UK) (%)





*Please note that this number provides an overview of those employees who have actively chosen to share information on whether they are a member of a trade union. Please note that in some countries the employer is prohibited to ask if the employee is a member of a trade union. This number is based on the information provided voluntarily by the employees and therefore may not be representative.

Human rights

Human rights 

Lerøy supports and respects the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights and will not be complicit in human rights abuses.  

The Group has developed a Human rights policy which is approved by the Board.  The policy is publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all interested parties. 

The Groups Code of Conduct and Lerøy’s Supplier Code of Conduct stipulates the company’s expectations regarding human rights implementation and compliance both for own personnel and our suppliers' personnel.  It also refers to The United Nations Global Compact principles on Human rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption and The International Labour Organization’s declaration of fundamental principles and rights at work. 

The company will actively contribute to creation and maintenance of an environment that treats employees and workers with dignity and respect, seek ways to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts and address such impacts if/when they occur. 

During 2022 the Group has been carrying out due diligence assessments internally and externally, with a particular focus on respect for fundamental human rights and decent working conditions, as part of the implementation of the Norwegian Transparency Act. The results will be published on the Group’s websites within the 30th of June 2023.  

The Group has developed a section on the Group’s global website for suppliers. On this page, existing and new suppliers can find information about the Group’s expectations of its suppliers. The Group has updated its Supplier Code of Conduct and Lerøy Supplier Declaration Form. This form can be found at the supplier webpage. These documents communicate the Group’s requirements to its suppliers and aim to ensure further sustainability related development of suppliers. In the documents, special emphasis is placed on promoting the Group's respect for human rights and decent working conditions as well as anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.  

The general public can contact the Group through a Contact form on the Group’s webpage,,  if they wish to request information regarding the Transparency Act. 


Lerøy is a member of UN Global Compact (Norway) and are working for human rights continuously through our daily business. 

Lerøy uses precautionary principle to guide its human rights related planning activities, decision making process and actions

Equal opportunities

The Group works continuously to ensure a discrimination-free environment, where every  employee is treated equally, independently of their gender, age, sexual orientation, origin, ethnicity, skin color, language, religion or personal philosophy.

One of the Group’s goals is to provide a workplace without discrimination because of disabilities. The company will arrange for individually adapted workplaces and work tasks (where possible) for employees or work applicants with disabilities.

The Group has always emphasized individual skills, performance and responsibility in its recruitment policy and salary system. Furthermore, the Group at all times ensures equal employment opportunities and rights for all employees, both men and women. The Group has an international working environment and a number of our employees have cross-cultural backgrounds.

In recent years, the Group has seen an increase in the proportion of women in previously traditional "male-dominated" occupations, such as aquaculture and wild fishery. We see the same trend in different study directions for the seafood industry. This will lead the way for a better gender balance in the future.

Lerøy finds that the gender balance is positive for the working environment. In recent years, the Group has seen an increase in the proportion of female employees in the companies, and aims to increase the proportion of women further in the coming years.

The Group is focusing on attracting female employees to increase the proportion of women in the company.

Equality, non-discrimination and gender pay report & Likestillingsredegjørelsen in Norwegian

Lerøy Seafood Group's report on equality, non-discrimination and gender pay (Likestillingsredegjørelsen in Norwegian)