Two out of three Arla Foods’ plants in Sweden are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 standards. Although Akafa’s ISO 14001 certification was achieved by the staff without outside assistance, Swedish experience from similar exercises will be exploited by other Arla plants in Denmark.
“It is essential that we use Swedish experience when we introduce ISO 14001 standards in Denmark,” said Group Environmental Manager Jan D. Johannsen. “At the same time, we can transfer to the Swedish plants the data systems used in Denmark for gathering and documenting environmental conditions. In fact, we’ve already started to do this.”
Two years ago, the then MD Foods set out a general environmental strategy with ambitious objectives for the working environment and the external environment. This has cut water consumption by five per cent while energy consumption has remained stable. In terms of the working environment, there has been a reduction in the number of “red” work-related strains. This means that internal noise has been reduced by 36 per cent since 1996/97, and RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) has been brought down by 42 per cent. Heavy lifting has more than halved while the number of work-related accidents has fallen by 9 per cent over the past two years following a 17 per cent increase in 1997/98.