U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment

Open, transparent and science-based

The U.S. dairy industry is committed to an open, transparent and science-based approach to measuring and communicating our sustainability progress across the dairy value chain, from grass to glass.

The U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy recognizes that now, more than ever, the dairy community must be open, proactive and proud in telling our stories of continuous improvement.  The U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment (Commitment) demonstrates dairy’s longstanding values through a transparent, multi-stakeholder, and pre-competitive process, and defines indicators (what is measured) and metrics (how they are measured) that empower the dairy community to holistically document progress (metrics and indicators available here).  Through the Dairy Sustainability Alliance®, a national initiative for stakeholder engagement, the Commitment allows customers, nonprofits, scientific experts, and other key influencers to work directly with farmers, cooperatives, and processors on continuous improvement and reporting that provides both credibility and value to the U.S. industry and endorsement and support in the global marketplace.

View the Stewardship Commitment Metrics

Stewardship and Sustainability Framework for U.S. Dairy

The Stewardship and Sustainability Framework for U.S. Dairy (Framework) supports dairy farms and companies' efforts to voluntarily measure, report, and communicate progress. In February 2018, the Framework evolved to the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment as a broader affirmation and demonstration of U.S. dairy's longstanding values of responsible production, nourishing communities, and continuous improvement. Framework metrics are renamed the Stewardship Commitment Metrics and will be a key component of the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment document due for release in late Fall.

Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy presentation

U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® published its sixth progress report to update stakeholders on the status of our Sustainability Commitment.

Through this shared commitment, the U.S. dairy industry works together pre-competitively to provide consumers with the nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that makes the industry, people and planet economically, environmentally and socially better.

Stakeholder consultation period for stewardship indicators and metrics now closed

The stakeholder comment period for proposed revisions to the stewardship metrics has closed. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will review feedback received and consider updates to the stewardship metrics this fall. If you have any questions please contact Joe McMahon at