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  • Overall approach
    3/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Overall commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?: NA

      Which commodities does the commodity-specific commitment apply to?: Palm oil
      "We want to strengthen our commitment to work towards a more sustainably producing palm oil supply chain, which includes no deforestation, no new development on peat lands, full traceability to the mills including the supplying group of plantations and respect for workers’, local communities’ and human rights."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "In early 2008, Arla signed up to the Global Compact, the UN initiative to promote ethical business practices. As a participant, we are committed to observing the Global Compact’s 10 fundamental principles." Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "No deforestation means - No clearance of rain forest or HCS forests - Areas of high carbon and high conservation value (HCV) shall be protected"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What type of risk is recognised?: Operational; Reputational

      What proportion of revenue that comes from relevant industries is exposed to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What poportion of a company’s annual revenue depends on each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: NA
      "...malfunctioning ecosystems are threats to our supply chain, (mainly related to agricultural raw materials). In addition, our processing sites depend on clean and abundant water resources, energy and other raw materials. Costs and/or availability are business risks going forward. Not addressing environmental and climate challenges pose reputational risks as well."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Executive compensation
      No
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
      Conservation disclosure
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: 5,300 ha
      "In Denmark and the Netherlands, we compensate the CO2e emissions for our organic product range Arla ØKO by investing in climate projects in Eastern Africa, Brazil as well as Indonesia. In Eastern Africa, new trees are planted and in Indonesia and Brazil our investments contribute to preserving rainforest. [...]The Arla Ko® Eko range in Sweden is climate compensated by similar investments in rainforest preservation and planting of new trees. We have invested in tree planting in Uganda, and in Indonesia we support a project that preserved more than 5,300 hectares from being cut down."
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030 . 2050

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes
      "Arla set Science Based Targets for 2030, using 2015 as a baseline. Direct greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1) and emissions related to purchased energy (scope 2) should be reduced by 63% in absolute terms. For indirect emissions from sourcing of raw milk, ingredients, packaging materials, transportation (scope 3) the target is to reduce the carbon footprint at farm level by 30% per kg standardised milk and whey, being the most important raw materials...Beyond the Science Based Targets, Arla also has an ambition to become carbon net zero by 2050."
  • Commodity score
    22/90
    • Palm oil
      31/90
      • Commitment Strength
        14/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          8/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            When was this commitment set?: 2019
            "We want to strengthen our commitment to work towards a more sustainably producing palm oil supply chain, which includes no deforestation, no new development on peat lands, full traceability to the mills including the supplying group of plantations and respect for workers’, local communities’ and human rights...REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPLIERS All our palm oil suppliers are members of RSPO and source their raw material from producers who are also members of RSPO...All suppliers shall be in compliance with additional criteria, which include no deforestation, no new development of peat land and with full traceability to the mill, including supplying group of plantations"[...]"No deforestation means - No clearance of rain forest or HCS forests - Areas of high carbon and high conservation value (HCV) shall be protected - Farms and plantations shall comply with local legislation - Farms and plantations shall comply with RSPO’s criteria for sustainable production"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: NA

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: NA
            "We want to strengthen our commitment to work towards a more sustainably producing palm oil supply chain, which includes no deforestation, no new development on peat lands, full traceability to the mills including the supplying group of plantations and respect for workers’, local communities’ and human rights...REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPLIERS All our palm oil suppliers are members of RSPO and source their raw material from producers who are also members of RSPO...All suppliers shall be in compliance with additional criteria, which include no deforestation, no new development of peat land and with full traceability to the mill, including supplying group of plantations"[...]"No deforestation means - No clearance of rain forest or HCS forests - Areas of high carbon and high conservation value (HCV) shall be protected - Farms and plantations shall comply with local legislation - Farms and plantations shall comply with RSPO’s criteria for sustainable production"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Ensure suppliers are RSPO Certified
            "We want to strengthen our commitment to work towards a more sustainably producing palm oil supply chain, which includes no deforestation, no new development on peat lands, full traceability to the mills including the supplying group of plantations and respect for workers’, local communities’ and human rights...REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPLIERS All our palm oil suppliers are members of RSPO and source their raw material from producers who are also members of RSPO...All suppliers shall be in compliance with additional criteria, which include no deforestation, no new development of peat land and with full traceability to the mill, including supplying group of plantations"[...]"No deforestation means - No clearance of rain forest or HCS forests - Areas of high carbon and high conservation value (HCV) shall be protected - Farms and plantations shall comply with local legislation - Farms and plantations shall comply with RSPO’s criteria for sustainable production"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "We want to strengthen our commitment to work towards a more sustainably producing palm oil supply chain, which includes no deforestation, no new development on peat lands, full traceability to the mills including the supplying group of plantations and respect for workers’, local communities’ and human rights...REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPLIERS All our palm oil suppliers are members of RSPO and source their raw material from producers who are also members of RSPO...All suppliers shall be in compliance with additional criteria, which include no deforestation, no new development of peat land and with full traceability to the mill, including supplying group of plantations"[...]"No deforestation means - No clearance of rain forest or HCS forests - Areas of high carbon and high conservation value (HCV) shall be protected - Farms and plantations shall comply with local legislation - Farms and plantations shall comply with RSPO’s criteria for sustainable production"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "We want to strengthen our commitment to work towards a more sustainably producedpalm oil supply chain by including additional specific demands on the suppliers and their sub-suppliers. This includes [...] achievement of full traceability to the mill including supplying group of plantations"[...] "Monitoring and follow up: Procurement of palm oil follows Arla’s general procurement management process. Assessment of suppliers, monitoring of development, follow up and handling of deviations will be handled according to these processes"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We want to strengthen our commitment to work towards a more sustainably producedpalm oil supply chain by including additional specific demands on the suppliers and their sub-suppliers. This includes [...] achievement of full traceability to the mill including supplying group of plantations"[...] "Monitoring and follow up: Procurement of palm oil follows Arla’s general procurement management process. Assessment of suppliers, monitoring of development, follow up and handling of deviations will be handled according to these processes"
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
            Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
            "All suppliers shall be in compliance with additional criteria, which include no deforestation, no new development of peat land and with full traceability to the mill, including supplying group of plantations."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPLIERS: "Responsible labour conditions (no child and forced labour, no discrimination and harassment, respect for workers’ rights, safe and healthy workplace, freedom of association, legal wages and working hours). [...] Respect and support UN Declaration of Human Rights"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "Equal Opportunities and Forced Labour 8.1 The Supplier shall provide equal opportunities for its employees and may not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, marital status or sexual orientation, or use forced labour."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        14/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          "Target 100% responsible sourcing of palm oil, soy, cocoa and forest fibre, defined as certified products according to internationally recognised third party certification systems. Palm oil ingredients must be certified according to the standard of Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), segregated certified...Responsible Sourcing Share of Certified Palm Oil* 86% *the share of certified mass-balance was 13% and 1% was covered by RSPO-credits. There is a slight increase in the use of mass-balance, due to an increasing production in markets with lack of availability for segregated certified products."
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          "All our palm oil suppliers are members of RSPO and source their raw material from producers who are also members of RSPO. • All suppliers shall be in compliance with additional criteria, which include no deforestation, no new development of peat land and with full traceability to the mill, including supplying group of plantations."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing technical capacity

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Labour Rights Workshop Initiative Indonesia
          "In Indonesia, we have continued to financially support workshops in collaboration with our main supplier of palm oil. Our primary objective has been to strengthen sub-supplier understanding of human rights and labor issues, particularly addressing child labor risks, and to improve plantation management practices and responsible business practices. These workshops build on the already ongoing responsible sourcing trainings provided to multiple existing suppliers across Indonesia."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "Grievance mechanisms Arla values and respects honest and open communication, and all stakeholders have the opportunity to raise questions and or concerns through: [email protected]. As an employee you may ask questions or raise concerns regarding potential and actual adverse human rights impacts to your immediate leader or HR Business Partner, or you can report through our Whistleblower service available at: http://whistleblower.arla.com. No reprisal or retaliatory action will be taken against any employee for raising concerns under Arla Foods Human Rights Policy. We will establish grievance mechanisms, and are committed to investigate any concerns, and if we discover any severe adverse human rights impacts, we will act appropriately without delay."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 0 Metric tonnes

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Food

          Total volume: 39329.0 Metric tonnes

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 39329.0 Metric tonnes
          In their 2020 RSPO ACOP Report Arla Foods Amba report they consumed 39329.0 Metric tonnes of palm oil, 100% of the palm oil they consumed that year being RSPO certified.
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          No
          0/5
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%
          "Procurement of palm oil follows Arla’s sourcing process. Assessment of suppliers, monitoring of development, follow up and handling of deviations is managed according to these processes. Compliance of the suppliers with the before described principles leads to RSPO certification of the oil purchased and it is monitored on a yearly basis. We share our progress in achieving our ambition publicly on an annual basis in our communication of progress report to RSPO and our responsibility report."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: NA

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: NA

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No
          "We expect our Suppliers to comply with the requirements set out in “Our Responsibility”, including environmental, social and human rights aspects, in addition to meeting our expectations in relation to quality and food safety"[...]"In the event of a material and/or repeated breach by the Supplier of any of its obligations under this Code of Conduct for Suppliers, Arla Foods is entitled in whole or in part to terminate its co-operation with the Supplier, without incurring any liability towards the Supplier."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
    • Pulp & Paper
      13/90
      • Commitment Strength
        4/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          4/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

            When was this commitment set?: NA

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products

            Type of sustainability commitment: Reduce the volume of virgin wood fibre used in paper and packaging products through usage of recycled content
            "Forest fibre plays an important part in our production chain. Although we use recycled fibres wherever possible, some packaging requires virgin forest fibre to comply with food safety regulations. During the year, we achieved our commitment to use only FSC®- certified forest fibre materials in Europe by the end of 2021. Where FSC®-certified forest fibre is not available, we accept forest fibre from national certification schemes if a PEFC due diligence process has proven it comes from a reputable source.[...]100% recyclable packaging by 2025 where our products are sold...At the end of 2021, 90% of our packaging material was recyclable by weight, compared to our 2020 baseline of 85%."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: Europe

            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "Forest fibre plays an important part in our production chain. Although we use recycled fibres wherever possible, some packaging requires virgin forest fibre to comply with food safety regulations. During the year, we achieved our commitment to use only FSC®- certified forest fibre materials in Europe by the end of 2021. Where FSC®-certified forest fibre is not available, we accept forest fibre from national certification schemes if a PEFC due diligence process has proven it comes from a reputable source.[...]100% recyclable packaging by 2025 where our products are sold...At the end of 2021, 90% of our packaging material was recyclable by weight, compared to our 2020 baseline of 85%."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: FSC Certification
            "Forest fibre plays an important part in our production chain. Although we use recycled fibres wherever possible, some packaging requires virgin forest fibre to comply with food safety regulations. During the year, we achieved our commitment to use only FSC®- certified forest fibre materials in Europe by the end of 2021. Where FSC®-certified forest fibre is not available, we accept forest fibre from national certification schemes if a PEFC due diligence process has proven it comes from a reputable source.[...]100% recyclable packaging by 2025 where our products are sold...At the end of 2021, 90% of our packaging material was recyclable by weight, compared to our 2020 baseline of 85%."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2021
            "Forest fibre plays an important part in our production chain. Although we use recycled fibres wherever possible, some packaging requires virgin forest fibre to comply with food safety regulations. During the year, we achieved our commitment to use only FSC®- certified forest fibre materials in Europe by the end of 2021. Where FSC®-certified forest fibre is not available, we accept forest fibre from national certification schemes if a PEFC due diligence process has proven it comes from a reputable source.[...]100% recyclable packaging by 2025 where our products are sold...At the end of 2021, 90% of our packaging material was recyclable by weight, compared to our 2020 baseline of 85%."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPLIERS: "Responsible labour conditions (no child and forced labour, no discrimination and harassment, respect for workers’ rights, safe and healthy workplace, freedom of association, legal wages and working hours). [...] Respect and support UN Declaration of Human Rights"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "Equal Opportunities and Forced Labour 8.1 The Supplier shall provide equal opportunities for its employees and may not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, marital status or sexual orientation, or use forced labour."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        6/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: NA

          What methods are used for verification?: FSC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: NA

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Grievance mechanisms Arla values and respects honest and open communication, and all stakeholders have the opportunity to raise questions and or concerns through: [email protected]. As an employee you may ask questions or raise concerns regarding potential and actual adverse human rights impacts to your immediate leader or HR Business Partner, or you can report through our Whistleblower service available at: http://whistleblower.arla.com. No reprisal or retaliatory action will be taken against any employee for raising concerns under Arla Foods Human Rights Policy. We will establish grievance mechanisms, and are committed to investigate any concerns, and if we discover any severe adverse human rights impacts, we will act appropriately without delay."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          No
          0/5
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: NA

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: continued breach of supplier code of conduct
          "We expect our Suppliers to comply with the requirements set out in “Our Responsibility”, including environmental, social and human rights aspects, in addition to meeting our expectations in relation to quality and food safety"[...]"In the event of a material and/or repeated breach by the Supplier of any of its obligations under this Code of Conduct for Suppliers, Arla Foods is entitled in whole or in part to terminate its co-operation with the Supplier, without incurring any liability towards the Supplier."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      22/90
      • Commitment Strength
        6/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          6/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes

            When was this commitment set?: 2019
            "Our ambition is to develop our support and commitment for the use of responsibly produced soy by delivering the following two objectives: • all soy fed to cows producing milk for Arla Foods is grown according to RTRS principles and criteria or equivalent since 2015 • all soy based ingredients used by Arla Foods are grown according to RTRS principles and criteria or equivalent since 2015"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our ambition is to develop our support and commitment for the use of responsibly produced soy by delivering the following two objectives: • all soy fed to cows producing milk for Arla Foods is grown according to RTRS principles and criteria or equivalent since 2015 • all soy based ingredients used by Arla Foods are grown according to RTRS principles and criteria or equivalent since 2015"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: RTRS certification
            "Our ambition is to develop our support and commitment for the use of responsibly produced soy by delivering the following two objectives: • all soy fed to cows producing milk for Arla Foods is grown according to RTRS principles and criteria or equivalent since 2015 • all soy based ingredients used by Arla Foods are grown according to RTRS principles and criteria or equivalent since 2015"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2015
            "Our ambition is to develop our support and commitment for the use of responsibly produced soy by delivering the following two objectives: • all soy fed to cows producing milk for Arla Foods is grown according to RTRS principles and criteria or equivalent since 2015 • all soy based ingredients used by Arla Foods are grown according to RTRS principles and criteria or equivalent since 2015"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPLIERS: "Responsible labour conditions (no child and forced labour, no discrimination and harassment, respect for workers’ rights, safe and healthy workplace, freedom of association, legal wages and working hours). [...] Respect and support UN Declaration of Human Rights"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "Equal Opportunities and Forced Labour 8.1 The Supplier shall provide equal opportunities for its employees and may not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, marital status or sexual orientation, or use forced labour."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        13/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "Grievance mechanisms Arla values and respects honest and open communication, and all stakeholders have the opportunity to raise questions and or concerns through: [email protected]. As an employee you may ask questions or raise concerns regarding potential and actual adverse human rights impacts to your immediate leader or HR Business Partner, or you can report through our Whistleblower service available at: http://whistleblower.arla.com. No reprisal or retaliatory action will be taken against any employee for raising concerns under Arla Foods Human Rights Policy. We will establish grievance mechanisms, and are committed to investigate any concerns, and if we discover any severe adverse human rights impacts, we will act appropriately without delay."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 347,880 tons

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 0 tons

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Indirect - feed for the dairy cows. Small amounts of soy-based ingredients are used in their food products

          Total volume: 347,880 tons
          In their 2020 RTRS report Arla state their total volume of soy as 347,880 tons
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          No
          0/5
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: NA

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA
          "Procurement of soy-based ingredients follows Arla’s sourcing process. Assessment of suppliers, monitoring of development, follow up and handling of deviations is managed according to these processes. Only soy products that are produced according to RTRS/Pro Terra principles can be used in Arla branded products. Compliance with this is monitored on a yearly basis. We share our progress in achieving our ambition publicly on an annual basis in our progress report to RTRS and our responsibility report
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: NA

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: NA
          "We expect our Suppliers to comply with the requirements set out in “Our Responsibility”, including environmental, social and human rights aspects, in addition to meeting our expectations in relation to quality and food safety"[...]"In the event of a material and/or repeated breach by the Supplier of any of its obligations under this Code of Conduct for Suppliers, Arla Foods is entitled in whole or in part to terminate its co-operation with the Supplier, without incurring any liability towards the Supplier."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
  • Commitment strength
    8/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    11/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    4/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Arla Foods is a dairy cooperative with activities around the world. The company’s most prominent markets are the United Kingdom, Central Europe and Asia. Its products include milk, cheese, butter and cooking ingredients with brands such as Lurpak, Castello and Apetina. Arla Foods is one of the world’s largest ingredient producers. Soy plays an important role in the cooperative’s animal feed and palm oil is also used in its products. Arla Foods is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Dairy, Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer, Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Denmark
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Anchor, Arla, Castello, Lurpak, Cravendale, Skyr

How we assess the Forest 500

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