Staff safety in Saudi Arabia has top priority
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- 10 June 2004
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“The safety of our staff and their families is a top priority for Arla Foods,” says Finn Hansen, Director of the Overseas Division in a comment on the security situation in Saudi Arabia.
Arla employs 20 Danish expatriates at its Saudi Arabian subsidiary, Danya Foods, in Riyadh and the majority have their wives and children with them.
“We are in close and continuous contact with the Danish embassy and the Saudi authorities and take advice from the consulting firm Shield Risk. We listen carefully to the advice they give us,” Finn Hansen adds.
Any Arla employee is entitled to return to Denmark at short notice if they wish to do so. In the event of breach of contract, however, the group cannot guarantee continued employment. The group is currently involved in a round of redundancies aimed at cutting the administrative workforce by 600. Arla Foods, however, will pay the costs of the return journey, three months salary and any outstanding financial commitments in Saudi Arabia.
“A returning staff member will also be given professional assistance in connection with future job searches,” Finn Hansen says.
Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,700 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.