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Arla Foods

Arla Foods (Arla) is one of the largest cooperatives in Europe, with shared ownership among 10,319 dairy farmers and an annual production capacity of 13.9 billion kilograms of milk. Arla is active globally, with strong market shares in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany and Denmark as well as a presence in the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. In addition to its portfolio of dairy products across well-known brands Arla, Lurpak, Castello and Puck, subsidiary Arla Ingredients is a major global player in the whey-based ingredients market.

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Governance and strategy

#1 6.7 /10 #36


#1 13.0 /30 #38


#1 13.8 /30 #13

Social inclusion

#1 13.2 /30 #26
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Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #2
Animal proteins #2
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #12

Segment ranking summary

Arla ranks second among animal protein producers in the benchmark, demonstrating leadership relative to its peers in the livestock, dairy and seafood industries. As noted above, Arla’s best performance is in nutrition, where, among other topics, it demonstrates commitments and activities to increase the availability of healthy foods through the adoption of nutrition criteria and target setting. The company also sits in the top five companies for environment in this segment. It outperforms many of its peers, particularly on food loss and waste and plastic use but also greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, where it is one of the few companies to disclose scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions reduction targets and report progress against them. Relative to companies that process and manufacture food and beverage products the company ranks 12th, falling behind leading companies particularly in relation to governance and strategy and social inclusion. However, the company demonstrates leadership in the agricultural products and commodities segment through the activities of subsidiary Arla Ingredients, ranking second.

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The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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Viby, Denmark
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