Started the journey
Arla publicly discloses detailed commitments across all three dimensions, particularly environment and nutrition. The company has set a number of time-bound targets, including the reduction of scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions, food loss and waste, and plastic use and packaging waste. Furthermore, Arla has a responsible sourcing policy covering palm oil, cocoa and soya, all of which are high-risk commodities in the context of protecting and restoring natural habitats. In the nutrition dimension, Arla has a strategic commitment to improve the accessibility of healthy foods, disclosing programmes to increase its market presence and reach 71.4 million lower income consumers in Bangladesh and Nigeria. The company also publishes corporate policies covering its commitments to both responsible labelling and marketing and food safety. While the company introduced a new plant-based range in 2019, it has not accompanied this with a target to further diversify proteins in its product portfolio. With regard to social inclusion, the company has commitments to prevent and eliminate both child and forced labour, and details how it assesses and monitors compliance with this in both its own operations and supply chain. While Arla has programmes to help smallholder milk producers increase their productivity, the company could improve in the social inclusion dimension by disclosing commitments to protect the land and resource rights of these and similar communities around the world. The company does not commit to paying a living wage within its own operations or supply chain.