Sustainable Development Goals

Arla Foods supports the UN 2030 sustainable development goals. We have made an evaluation of where our activities have the biggest impact on society and matched it with the ambitions of the SDG.

We have found that the goal no 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); goal no 8 (promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all) and goal no 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns) match very well with Arla’s ambition for a more sustainable development.

Given the diverse and overlapping nature of the SDGs we also contribute to the achievement of a number of other goals such as the goal no 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); goal no 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), goal no 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and finally goal no 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development).

Arla has set strong ambitions for what we produce and how we produce it and we have made a commitment to respect and promote human rights throughout our operations.

Arla Foods joined the UN global compact in 2008 and has reported progress towards the 10 principles ever since. We’ve joined organizations such as the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, The GDP and the IDF, where we participate in discussions and workshops to define and promote sustainable practices.

In our 2016 report we linked our activities to the SDGs and in August 2017 we’re co-sponsoring a global event called Un-Leash in Aarhus, where 1000 young talents will come to Denmark to discuss solutions to the SDGs. This initiative provides the next generation of leaders with a unique opportunity to influence the SDGs and push the world in a fairer, greener, and more inclusive direction.

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