The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment is fueled by strategic partnerships around the world, in addition to the the active participants working on LCA science, reporting and Innovation Projects. These partnerships support and inform the Sustainability Commitment, and have helped establish the U.S. dairy industry as a national leader in sustainable agriculture.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
On December 15, 2009, the USDA recognized the work of dairy producers and the entire industry with a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The agreement, signed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Thomas P. Gallagher, chief executive officer of the Innovation Center and Dairy Management Inc., identified a variety of projects that can help the dairy industry achieve those greenhouse gas reduction goals and increase its financial and environmental sustainability.
World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy share a commitment to creating a more sustainable dairy industry: environmentally, socially and economically. The groundbreaking partnership has helped to build momentum and foster credibility within the U.S. dairy industry-led sustainability effort. Building on the shared commitment to sustainability, World Wildlife Fund and the Innovation Center Sustainability Council have identified multiple areas for collaboration, including corporate and stakeholder engagement, framework development and using science to inform process.
International leadership and collaboration
In 2009, the international dairy industry made history with the signing of a Global Dairy Agenda for Action. Signed by seven organizations on behalf of the world’s dairy associations and companies, the Global Dairy Agenda for Action is an industry pledge to reduce carbon emissions as part of its contribution to help address global warming. This pledge builds on past performance to address climate change.
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