Social performance and impact assessment of an Autonomous Robotic System (ARS) for meat processing

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Clara Valente, Rannvá Danielsen, Anna Woodhouse, Fredrik Moltu Johnsen and Ellen-Marie Forsberg have recently published an article on the social performance and impact assessment of an Autonomous Robotic System (ARS) for meat processing, comparing pre- and post-implementation scenarios. The work is part of the Robutcherproject funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The results suggest a considerable improvement in social performance and impacts when moving from the conventional meat processing scenario to the ARS. All subcategories from the selected stakeholder categories scored higher in the post-ARS scenario. The most improved social subcategories were Health and safety and Access to immaterial resources. A considerable improvement was identified in the social subcategories Working hours, Freedom of association and collective bargaining, and Fair salary. A modest improvement was identified in the social subcategories Equal opportunities and discrimination, Employment relationship, and Migration and delocalisation.

The ARS is anticipated to mitigate injury risks that workers are exposed to in a conventional meat factory and to reduce sick leave but will also require appropriate training, alignment with new education programs and industrial organisational changes.

Read the article here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11367-023-02256-9