Community commitment

Sustainability Commitment video

Community commitment

The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment builds on the legacy of dairy farm families and businesses. Today, we are working together to provide consumers with the nutritious, responsibly produced products they want while developing a more sustainable food system for the 21st century and beyond.


Experts from academic, government and nongovernment organizations join professionals from the U.S. dairy value chain to measure, improve and communicate dairy’s role in a sustainable food system. We define sustainability as providing consumers with nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that makes the industry, people and the earth economically, environmentally and socially better — now and for future generations.


With more than 800 industry professionals from across the dairy value chain and beyond, the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment models a new way of working pre-competitively to drive innovation and meet consumer demand. Because small steps add up, the power of our combined efforts delivers measurable progress toward our sustainability goals.


The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® continually reports on its sustainability commitment progress, publishes research findings and highlights operations that are advancing and adopting best practices.


Partnerships on life cycle assessment science, reporting and innovation projects have helped establish the dairy industry as a national leader in sustainable agriculture.

Our team

Experts in agriculture, life cycle research, sustainability and animal science comprise the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® sustainability team and work with members of the dairy industry to advance dairy sustainability through science, tools, tracking and reporting.


The following infographics have been developed to help visually describe the dairy community's commitment to sustainability and stewardship.

Guiding Principles

Six guiding principles endorsed by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® Sustainability Alliance and the Innovation Center support the development and continuation of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment. The principles highlight our support for a sustainable food system that promotes the current and future health and well-being of our cows, our consumers, our communities, our employees, our resources and our planet.
Guiding Principles