Diversity and equality at Arendals Fossekompani

Arendals Fossekompani strives to be a great place to work. Our ambition is to preserve and continue to build an inclusive company culture with zero tolerance for discrimination. We believe that a workforce with a wide array of skills and backgrounds drives productivity and performance. Diversity brings new perspectives and helps us reach our long-term goals.

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"At Arendals Fossekompani we value our employees, and we strongly believe that diversity makes us better. Our goal is to be a preferred employer with a motivated workforce,” Ingunn Ettestøl says, Chief Sustainability Officer of Arendals Fossekompani.

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Arendals Fossekompani is committed to contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In our work for diversity and equality we have chosen to focus on the following SDGs that are particularly relevant.

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Arendals Fossekompani supports equal opportunities, equal rights and equal treatment for all employees regardless of gender.

Arendals Fossekompani supports and works to ensure our employees and subcontractors have decent work, equal opportunies, fair treatment and a safe work environment.

Goals for gender equality

In our strategy we have set specific goals for gender equality. One of our KPIs is to measure the percentage of women in various parts of the organization. We currently have 30% women on our Board of Directors, including Arendals Fossekompani and all of our portfolio companies. Our ambition is to increase this number to 40% by 2023. The same targets apply to women in C-suite positions and in our total work force. In addition, we have KPIs for fundamental human and labour rights, health and safety and work-life balance. AFK participates in the She Index, with focus on diversity and inclusion in leadership and workforce, equal compensation and work life balance.

- 2021 was another year in which the pandemic affected us, and it has been a priority to focus on the wellbeing of our employees. We have recruited great new colleagues and we are happy to see a growth in the number of female employees. We are working on “Likestilt arbeidsliv” (Equal working life) certification, and we report according to The Equality and Anti-discrimination Act § 26. We look forward to continuing our journey towards better inclusion and greater diversity, Ettestøl says.