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1 Dec 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]