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​Arla Foods reports on its responsibility progress in 2015

Press Release   •   Feb 24, 2016 12:14 GMT

Milk’s health benefits and farmer-ownership are two of the main themes in Arla’s new CSR report for 2015, which also includes assessments by four external experts.

As a responsible food producer Arla intends to play an active role in addressing the global food challenges and in fulfilling the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals that were presented last year.

“In 2050, there will be nine billion people on this planet. When you think about it, you can either worry about it - or you can start acting,” writes CEO Peder Tuborgh in his foreword of Arla’s new 2015 responsibility report.

On track to reducing CO2 emissions by 25 per cent

Arla’s progress in relation to corporate responsibility is reported in the document and it shows that Arla continues to develop in a sustainable way. Despite increased production Arla decreased its climate impact by 16 per cent compared to the level in 2005, and the company maintains its goal of decreasing CO2 emissions by 25 per cent in 2020.

“Our farmer-owners are among the best in the world when it comes to reducing greenhouse emissions per kilo of milk and, through our Sustainable Dairy Farming strategy, we will support them to further improve their environmental performance,” states CEO Peder Tuborgh.

Experts given a voice

As a new element in the report, an external view is given by four experts who comment on Arla’s ability to take on a corporate responsibility.

Majken Schultz, Professor of Management at Copenhagen Business School and International Research Fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation at Oxford University, reflects on Arla’s actions within a range of areas, including transparency around governance structure and citizenship.

Bruce German, who is Professor and Director of Foods for Health Institute at UC Davis in California, and a leader in dairy research, gives his take on what Arla can do to help consumers live healthier lives.

Lena Tham, Senior Advisor at WWF Sweden, who has been Arla’s main contact person in WWF for several years, assesses Arla’s progress when it comes to bio-diversity and sourcing responsible soy in cow feed.

Allan Lerberg Jørgensen, Department Director for Human Rights and Development at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, comments on Arla’s work to uphold human rights both at home and on distant markets in developing countries.

Among other topics analysed in the CSR report 2015 are:

  • Arla and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

  • Arla’s position in the milk debate

  • The cost of Arla’s impact on the environment in a financial figure

  • More than 250 on-farm workshops in the UK that are designed to support Arla farmers protect the environment and be as efficient as possible
  • The cooperation between the European Trade Unions and Arla
  • Arla’s human rights processes and how they are put to the test

To read or download Arla’s new CSR Report 2015 go to

Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 12,700 dairy farmers with circa 3,000 of whom are British. 

Dating back to 1881, Arla’s purpose is to secure the highest value for its farmers’ milk, while creating opportunities for their growth. With production facilities in 11 countries and sales offices in a further 30, Arla is the world’s fifth largest dairy company and largest supplier of organic dairy products.  Arla has a total of more than 18,000 colleagues and its products are sold under the well-known brands Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® in more than 100 countries.

Arla Foods UK is the largest dairy company in the country and is home to leading dairy brands Anchor, Cravendale, and Lactofree. It has a turnover of £2.3 billion. As well as being number one in fresh liquid milk, butter, spreads and cream, Arla is the UK’s largest cheese manufacturer. It has also built the world’s largest fresh milk facility located at Aylesbury and has plans for it to be the first zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 3,500 colleagues located at its dairies, distribution centres and head office.