Ellen Thorsrud Behrens, Director Sustainability, Orkla ASA Norway

10 inspirational Nordic women in CSR

Ellen is overall responsible for developing and driving the implementation of Orkla’s sustainability strategy across Orkla’s companies. Prior to her employment at Orkla in 2009, she held the position as Communication Manager at Nidar, where she represented Nidar for 12 years and worked at strengthening Nidar’s reputation and organizational capabilities. Ellen was also a
member of Nidar’s Innovation Board.  

Ellen has furthermore been a member of the Board at Ethical Trade Norway for 6 years where she has been the Chair of the Board since 2017. She holds an MBA from Arizona State University and has studied Economics & Business Administration at Norwegian School of Management.  When Nordic Business announced the nomination of Ellen as one of the 10 Inspirational Nordic Women in CSR, she immediately said:

”My role also gives me the opportunity to contribute to positive development together with other companies, organizations and individuals, for example through the board of Ethical Trade Norway or the Forum for Circular Plastics Packaging. Therefore, I regard the nomination as a recognition not only of myself, but of the collective efforts of many”.

Photo: Bjørn Wad
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