Environmental Stewardship

The dairy industry has a proud history of providing environmental stewardship with a focus on continuous improvement, starting long before sustainability became a mainstream catchword. With consumers clamoring to know more about where products come from and how they’re made, dairy companies have stepped up efforts to track and share their progress in stewardship and social responsibility – with impressive results.

Our Position

IDFA and its members have worked closely with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Global Dairy Platform and other dairy and corporate stakeholders to conduct research, develop metrics and benchmark specific sustainability goals. IDFA believes that by exhibiting the dairy industry’s sustainability achievements as well as participation in voluntary state and federal programs, IDFA can help to strengthen dairy’s image as a proactive problem solver and partner.

IDFA supports the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment, which is U.S. dairy’s social responsibility pledge to consumers, customers and other stakeholders. Companies that adopt the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment meet defined criteria for important areas like animal care, the environment and food safety and report on impact in a transparent and meaningful way.

Collaborating on Common Causes

IDFA also works with the Dairy Sustainability Alliance. The Dairy Sustainability Alliance is a multi-stakeholder forum for sharing knowledge and gaining progress toward common sustainability goals across the dairy community. It represents farmers, milk processors, manufacturers and retailers, as well as individuals working in trade organizations, government and academia. Learn more here.

For more information, contact Danielle Quist, IDFA senior director of regulatory affairs and counsel, at dquist@idfa.org.