A 60-day stakeholder consultation period to obtain feedback that will help ensure the Guide is meaningful, useful and relevant begins on May 15, 2013, and runs through July 14, 2013. Stakeholders are invited to review it online at USDairy.com/SustainabilityGuide.
“The Guide provides dairy operations with tools to continuously improve and communicate results. By establishing common measurements and language, the Guide gives retailers and manufacturers the consistent information they need to track their sustainable sourcing and supply chain management goals,” said Kelly Goodejohn, director, ethical sourcing, Starbucks. Learn more about the industry’s commitment to reporting.
Third Annual Sustainability Report Highlights Industry’s Progress
Funding from government and nongovernmental organizations has increased by nearly 300 percent from 2008 to 2012, supplementing the industry’s own investments in sustainability projects. This progress is published in the 2012 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report, a comprehensive resource describing the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment and leadership of the dairy industry and its partners. The report covers challenges and opportunities facing the dairy industry in the 21st century, outlines environmental priorities and highlights the cow’s contribution to a sustainable food system. Using statistics, infographics and stories, the report provides a snapshot of the dairy industry supply chain from farm to table.
Highlights of the 2012 industrywide efforts featured in the Sustainability Report include:
- Completion of four years of research and new tools to help the industry measure the environmental, social and economic sustainability from farm to table
- Sustainability strategies in action across the dairy supply chain
- The second annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards
The report also provides updates on the 2008 dairy industry commitment to a Sustainability Roadmap with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of fluid milk by 25 percent and build business value by at least $238 million by 2020. To learn more about the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment, the reduction goal or the projects and tools currently available, visit USDairy.com/Sustainability.