Goal 8: Promote sustainable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all



A safe workplace with zero harm is always Elkem’s first priority. We continuously work to protect our workers labour rights and promote a safe and secure working environment. Our responsibility is to be a professional and safe workplace for our more than 6.800 employees, our contractors and business partners. Our health and safety work are based on a zero-harm philosophy, where all our employees and contractors shall leave our plants and sites healthy and safe after each workday. Our EHS management system and performance can be found here.

Elkem does not accept any behaviour that conflicts with basic human rights including any form of harassment, discrimination, threatening or inappropriate behaviour. Respect for human rights is key to protect labour rights. At the core of labour rights are freedom of association, right to collective bargaining, and avoiding the use of forced or child labour. The Elkem Human rights policy is found here.

As a trusted, local employer all over the world, we are responsible for giving our employees a decent and liveable wage. Elkem fully endorses the employees’ freedom of association and collective bargaining agreements.

We strive to be an organisation that welcome diversity and equal opportunity for all. We do not tolerate any form of harassment, as stated in our Code of conduct that all our employees must sign.

Elkem has operations in several countries where there is a risk of child labour and forced labour. We will not tolerate the use of child or forced labour in any of our operations and facilities. We expect the suppliers and contractors with whom we do business to uphold the same standards. Elkem adheres to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and commits to the UK Modern Slavery Act. Find our commitment here.

SDG impact report 2020 – SDG 8

Subgoal 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour eradicate forced labour, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms including recruitment and use of child soldiers.

No reported incidents of child labour or forced labour at Elkem’s production sites or in the supply chain.

Subgoal 8.8: Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers.


One reported high severity injury.

Injury rate: 2.3, up from 2.2 in 2019.

Updated Human Rights policy in 2020

Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements: 64%, up from 61% in 2019.