Danish dairy firm Arla Foods publishes human rights impact assessments in Nigeria & Senegal

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1 December 2015

Arla Foods press release announcing human rights impact assessments in Nigeria & Senegal

Author: Arla Foods

Arla has operations across the world and acknowledges that it has a responsibility for managing our impacts on society, the environment and the people who interface directly or indirectly with our products and production. Our objective is to develop our business on a foundation of long-term perspectives with respect for, and in harmony with, our surroundings...As part of Arla’s commitment to respecting human rights as outlined in the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and our Human Rights Policy, we assess our human rights impact when establishing a presence in a new market. The purpose of these assessments is to identify and prevent as far as possible actual and potential adverse human rights effects caused by Arla’s business activities, in particular in developing countries. Furthermore, we want to understand which mitigation measures can be taken to contribute to the development of a sustainable local dairy sector and identify Arla’s potential role in these. During July and August, 2015, we conducted Human Rights Assessments in Nigeria and Senegal...

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1 December 2015

Nigeria: Human rights impact assessment explores potential impacts on local dairy farmers' livelihoods & rights, proposes mitigation steps

Author: Arla Foods

The purpose of this human rights assessment report is...to understand more about the dynamics and systemic challenges of local dairy production in Nigeria and to identify whether Arla’s activities cause,  contribute or are linked to a deterioration of working opportunities, working conditions and adequate living standards for Nigerian farmers and dependants who rely on raw milk production, processing, distribution, marketing and sales of dairy products...The results of the assessment will be integrated in our internal business processes and  shared across functions and management boards within Arla to inform future decision-making. In  line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and our ambition to  provide stakeholders with transparent and open communication, the...human rights assessment reports are  publically available on Arla’s website...It is our hope that by sharing our methods and reflections openly, we  cannot only ensure greater human rights due diligence within our own business activities, but promote business respect for human rights of other companies facing similar challenges...

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1 December 2015

Senegal: Human rights impact assessment identifies potential impacts on local dairy farmers' livelihoods & rights, proposes mitigation steps

he purpose of Arla’s first human rights assessments is therefore to identify whether Arla’s activities potentially cause, contribute or are linked to a deterioration of working opportunities, working conditions and adequate living standards for local farmers who depend on raw milk production, processing, distribution, marketing and sales of dairy products...As Arla continue to enter new markets, we are obliged to conduct human rights due  diligence as an integrated part of our business development process. This approach of assessing and developing action plans to manage our human rights impact has paid a significant contribution to build Arla’s in-house competences on human rights...It can be concluded that widespread concerns regarding Arla’s business model based primarily on  import of dairy products and the potential adverse impact on the domestic dairy sector, were raised internationally and expressed also by stakeholders in Senegal. A number of potential Human Rights impacts have been identified [including potential negative impact on the right to work and an adequate living for small-scale dairy farmers, right to adequate living, right to health, impact on women & children's rights]

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