Social Responsibility

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Photographer: Per Fronth

Being a international company of high regard, Kavli takes its social responsibilities very seriously.

The beginning

Both founder Olav Kavli and his son Knut Kavli were men of great social conscience. When Knut Kavli founded the trust O. Kavli og Knut Kavlis Allmennyttige fond in 1962 (The Kavli Trust) he did so to safeguard the Group's long-term social responsibility based on the two main Kavli principles - value creation and social usefulness. The Kavli Trust (O. Kavli og Knut Kavlis Allmennyttige fond) owns the Kavli Group.

Some of the Kavli Group's profits are reinvested to strengthen and develop group’s operations, while the remainder is used to further research, cultural activities and humanitarian work. There has been a considerable increase in the size of the Trust's grants in recent years, although the total amount can vary from one year to the next.

The Kavli Trust in modern times
The Kavli Trust has seen some exciting developments recently. It is moving away from its traditional support of many projects of varying size, towards supporting fewer but larger long term projects. This allows the Trust to increase the effect of its support for important social causes, while leaving a clear legacy. This kind of support also helps Kavli to build a closer, longterm relationship with recipients, leading to better end results. For more information, see The Kavli Trust.

Kavli also takes its social responsibility seriously in the daily running of the Group. The Group is actively working to reduce the impact on the environment by lowering energy usage and choosing better energy sources, packaging and raw materials.

Like any provider of foods and drinks, Kavli carries a responsibility to contribute to a healthy and varied diet. Kavli takes healthy eating very seriously when developing both existing and  new products.

As a provider of food and drink Kavli also carries the considerable responsibility of delivering safe food. Quality and food safety features heavily throughout the organisation, and is under constant development.

Whistleblowing service
Kavli strives to maintain a transparent business climate and high business ethics. We value the safety and respect of everyone affected by our business. 

Whistleblowing gives all employees and partners an opportunity to report suspicions of misconduct; anything that is not in line with our company values and policies. Our whistleblowing service is an early warning system to reduce risks. It is an important tool to foster high business ethics and maintaining customer and public confidence in us.

For more info and to submit a report see