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’s first priority is to create a safe and zero harm workplace. We continuously work to protect our workers’ labour and
human rights and promote a safe and secure working environment.

Elkem is committed to doing business according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 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.

Our impact: Elkem provides a secure and safe workday for employees and contractors. It is Elkem’s obligation to provide safe jobs and make sure that the employees have decent and liveable wages and a flexible work-life balance situation. 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.

In addition, we can influence the value chain through our partnerships, to make sure that our suppliers and customer also take this responsibility. Our most important tool is the code of conduct for business partners.

Impacted: Elkem operates in several countries which are at risk of child labour and forced labour. Elkem does not tolerate any use of children or forced labour in any of our operations or facilities. We expect the same from our suppliers and others we do business with. While Elkem as a company cannot resolve all such issues in isolation, we have a responsibility to identify human rights risks in our value chains and mitigate them to the best of our ability. You can find our Modern Slavery Act statement here. 



SDG impact report 2021 – SDG 8

Target 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 in Elkem. 

One reported concern in the supply chain.

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


No high severity injury.

Injury rate: 3.7.3, up from 2.3 in 2020.

Introduced human rights e-learning for all. 

Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements: 39%