Company of the month – Arla

This month’s company feature is Arla. Read a short article about how Arla incorporates sustainabilty into their dairy farm strategy.

A responsible dairy cooperative

Arla is a farmer-owned dairy cooperative committed to producing natural, healthy and high quality dairy products, with roots dating back to the 1880s. Our cooperative philosophy has set the mark on our mission to secure the highest value for our farmers’ milk, while creating opportunities for their growth – and we work hard to achieve that with a clear vision in mind – by creating the future of dairy to bring health and inspiration to the world, naturally.

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How do we work with sustainability?

We have ambitious environmental targets and strive for holistic ways of working towards a more sustainable milk production:

  • Life cycle approach – taking all steps from cow to consumer into our focus areas. This includes the entire life cycle of our products, from raw materials to disposal
  • Focus on farm – our environmental strategy 2020 includes dairy farms’ environmental footprint. Through knowledge sharing and workshops we involve our farmers in finding more sustainable dairy farming solutions
  • Transparency – we invite all interested stakeholders to follow our progress and we frequently publish our milestones and results on our website.
  • Stakeholder Involvement – we involve colleagues, farmers and external stakeholders in the many projects leading to a more sustainable dairy production

Sustainable Dairy Farming Strategy

To further strengthen the environmental performance at Arla dairy farms, we focus on four areas:

  1. Climate: reducing our footprint per kilo of milk from Arla farmers by 30% in 2020, compared to 1990
  2. Animals: continuously improving animal welfare
  3. Resources:  improving efficiency in terms of energy, water and feed consumption and reducing and reusing waste
  4. Nature: encouraging and inspiring Arla’s suppliers to protect and promote biodiversity

On top of this, Arla shows leadership within sustainable agriculture, by responsibly sourcing selected products associated with environmental challenges.

If the article has left you with any follow up questions or ideas please feel free to contact BioValue platform manager Jane Lindedam