Sustainability

Reporting: Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy

The Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy supports dairy farms and companies’ efforts to voluntarily measure, report and communicate progress. Dairy producers, processors and manufacturers work with retailers and other stakeholders to draft, test, pilot and refine each phase. View the current version of the guide, and find additional support for producers and processors in the handbooks.

The dairy industry is committed to supply chain reporting

The Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy is the result of an industrywide vision to understand what matters most in dairy sustainability so that:


 - Baseline impacts can be understood

 - Continuous improvements can be measured and communicated

 - Retailers, consumers and other interested stakeholders can have confidence in our products


View these resources to learn more about our approach to measuring dairy sustainability and how to use the guide and handbooks to measure your progress. Or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


Measurement

Producer Handbook

Processor Handbook

Measurement

The U.S. dairy industry is working toward a harmonized approach for measurement that is based on science and developed from farm to retail. We do this because we believe that by working together we can learn, share, test and identify what really matters, what the best ways of measuring are, and where to focus our efforts for improvement along the value chain.
Measurement Matters: A Sustainability Framework for the U.S. Dairy Industry
Read the executive summary describing the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® vision to develop and implement a shared stewardship and sustainability guide that can be used throughout the dairy supply chain.
Meet the measurement and reporting team
Meet the team leading the development of the stewardship and sustainability guide.

Producer Handbook

The Producer Handbook to the Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy  was developed exclusively to support dairy producers and milk marketing organizations that seek to understand and use the guide to track and communicate their stewardship.


The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® offers opportunities to customize this handbook with your organization’s logo on the cover and section tabs. If you are interested in co-branding, please email us at innovationcenter@usdairy.com with your name, organization and telephone number. A member of our team will follow up with more information.

Producer Handbook
Producer Handbook
View the Producer Handbook to the Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy.
Guide … strengthening dairy’s future
Learn how the Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy establishes a common language and unified approach for tracking and communicating progress.
Topics … defining what matters
Discover the topics that matter most in measuring your dairy farm’s stewardship and sustainability, based on practical experience and science.
Tools … tracking success
Use this workbook to understand how the guide and Farm Smart can be used to demonstrate success and identify areas for improvement.
Value … communicating progress
Discover effective ways to communicate your achievements when hosting a farm tour, talking with customers or telling your story to business leaders and neighbors.
Practices … targeting continuous improvement
Identify management practices that can help you to increase efficiency, save resources, reduce costs and improve profitability.
Resources … accessing answers
Answer questions, find resources and access conversion tables, websites and other information to assist you in using the guide to benefit your dairy operation.
View a co-branded sample of the Producer Handbook
Co-branded sample of the Producer Handbook
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Processor Handbook

The Processor Handbook to the Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy  was developed exclusively to support dairy processors and manufacturers seeking to understand and use the guide to track and communicate their stewardship and sustainability.


The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® offers opportunities to customize this handbook with your organization’s logo on the cover and section tabs. If you are interested in co-branding, please email us at innovationcenter@usdairy.com with your name, organization and telephone number. A member of our team will follow up with more information.

Processor Handbook
Processor Handbook
View the Processor Handbook to the Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy.
Guide … strengthening dairy’s future
Learn how the Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy is a voluntary framework that establishes a common language and unified approach for tracking and communicating progress.
Topics … defining what matters
Discover the topics that matter most in measuring your dairy company’s sustainability, based on practical experience and science.
Tools … tracking success
Use this handbook to understand how the guide and Dairy Plant Smart work together to help companies demonstrate their success and identify areas for improvement.
Metrics … what to measure
Access the measurements and calculations needed to track and communicate key sustainability topics.
Value … communicating progress
Discover effective ways to communicate your organization’s achievements with customers, consumers and industry leaders.
Resources … accessing answers
Find resources, websites and other information to assist you in using the guide to benefit your organization.
View a co-branded sample of the Processor Handbook
Co-branded sample of the Processor Handbook
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