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Arla foods

Arla Foods is a large international cooperative that produces dairy products for consumers all over the world. As a company that grows and changes continuously, it is always looking for new ways to develop and optimise its products and business. With that in mind, Arla Foods believes that it is imperative that it conducts its business with a big picture perspective and awareness of its surroundings – at Arla Foods working responsibly is a natural part of every colleagues’ day.

If consumers weren't confident in Arla, there would be no Arla. This is the reason the company strives to ensure that the journey its milk takes is taken as responsibly as possible - from the cows at the farms to the dairy products that are part of the everyday lives of families all over the world.

Environmental strategy 2020

An example of how Arla Foods works responsibly is its environmental strategy 2020, where four goals have been defined to protect the environment through Arla's entire global supply chain - from cow to consumer:

  1. Sustainable agriculture: "We want to source milk and other agricultural material which have been farmed in a sustainable manner".
  2. Greenhouse gas emissions: "We want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout our entire supply chain - from cow to consumer".
  3. Water and energy: "We have respect for resources by reducing consumption and changing from fossil to renewable energy sources".
  4. Zero waste: "We want to avoid waste, however, when this is not possible, we treat waste as a resource to be reused or recycled - we call this zero waste".

Biogas replaces fossil fuels

Increasing its use of sustainable energy is key to Arla and the company therefore plans to increase its use of biogas. Arla's milk powder plant in Visby in Sweden has replaced half of its energy needs with biogas produced from a facility fed mainly with manure from farms, and a project is developing plans for a biogas plant to supply Arla's production facilities in Videbæk in Denmark, which use a lot of energy. In the future the energy consumed at these sites will be produced from farm manure and waste from Arla production.

FSC-certified packaging

The decision to start using responsibly produced cardboard packaging for liquid products is a key part of Arla's ambitious packaging strategy. In Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden, Arla has begun using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cardboard in its packaging, and in the Netherlands Arla also uses FSC-certified corrugated cardboard. Paper products that are labelled FSC are produced from timber from responsibly stewarded forests. Arla's aim is, eventually, to replace all cardboard packaging for liquid products with FSC-labelled materials.

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