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SUSTAINABILITY LIBRARY 2023 People Fair Working Conditions

Fair Working Conditions

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.

Collective Bargaining

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.

The Group provides information about the right to freedom of association, collective bargaining and participation in trade unions in Lerøy's Business Code of Conduct and information in the Sustainability library. In addition, the Group's subsidiaries work closely with employee representatives and trade union representatives in their company. Some examples of measures that have been implemented in several of the Groups companies are:

  • The collaboration model with employee representatives is audited in connection with ASC and Global GAP
  • Information on freedom of association is a section in the employment contracts: "Employees have the right, without exception, to join or establish trade unions as they see fit, and to bargain collectively. Employers shall not discriminate against union representatives or prevent them from carrying out their trade union work."
  • Union representatives are invited to the annual new employee kick-off where they inform about freedom of association, collective bargaining and what this means
  • Contact information for employee representatives is available to employees on the companies intranet, employee handbook or bulletin board
  • Several companies have employee representatives in working environment committees, as well as quarterly meetings with employee representatives, or other meetings as needed.
  • Union representatives have their own notice board where they share information
  • In the largest companies, employee representatives have a fixed office day


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) (%)




63% of the Group's employees are covered by collective bargaining agreement.

*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.