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Dairy processors seize initiative on sustainability

Sustainability has been a focal point for the dairy industry since 2012 when the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework was created. Farmers and processors, many already aware or acting on sustainability, embraced the framework. Over time, the framework has evolved – and so too have our dairy manufacturers.
Many dairy manufacturers have used the industry sustainability framework to develop their own sustainability commitments, becoming much more targeted with their goals and transition plans. Their sustainability reports and digital updates demonstrate their progress on food safety, greenhouse gas emissions, packaging, animal welfare and more.
Australian dairy manufacturers also work together pre-competitively on projects to reduce their environmental impact through the Dairy Manufacturers Sustainability Council (DMSC).They measure and submit environmental data for reporting and benchmarking, with the 2021 Environmental Scorecard due to be published shortly. Their data is representative of 84 per cent of Australia’s processed milk.

Lactalis building stronger dairy careers

Growing capability all day, every day through on the job experience. Greater insights with coaching and feedback from peers and managers. Tailored development plans supported by formal learning, keeping skills up to date with industry standards and wider sector trends.

Read more about Lactalis and their work to enhance livelihoods in their latest sustainability report.

Did you know? Dairy processors support the equivalent of 70,158 full-time jobs across Australia.

Saputo looks out for dairy communities

Saputo Dairy Australia is committed to supporting the communities that surround and support its operations. Every year, Saputo invests 1 per cent of their pre-tax annual profit to surrounding communities – through financial contributions, product donations and volunteering.

Watch Saputo’s commitment to community

Read Saputo’s community partnerships
Did you know? Dairy processors generated A$15.7 billion in revenue in 2020/21.

Fonterra continuously improves animal health, welfare

Fonterra collaborates with industry bodies and training organisations to ensure farmers have access to high-quality training, as well as the information and tools they need to adopt best practice. Animal welfare is assessed as part of Fonterra’s milk sourcing audits, and local veterinary and milk quality support teams are provided in many markets.

Read Fonterra’s latest sustainability report

Did you know? 100 per cent of farmers support compliance with animal welfare standards.

Bega makes planet pledge

Along with sustainability reporting, Bega Cheese has made a planet pledge that sets ambitious targets aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This includes 100 per cent of packaging being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

Read about Bega’s approach to factory sustainability
Did you know? An increase in dairy foods reduces fractures in aged care residents by 33 per cent.

Burra commits to renewable energy

Burra has embraced the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework, incorporating the framework across three key areas: people, environment and enterprise. To further these goals, in 2018 Burra entered into a large-scale renewable corporate power purchase agreement. Procuring energy through these avenues is a way for the dairy industry to access cost-effective sustainable energy.
Read about Burra’s switch to renewables

Did you know? Dairy companies have cut GHG emissions intensity by 25.5 per cent between 2010/11 and 2020/21, equating to a 27 per cent reduction in absolute GHG emissions.

Closing the loop on dairy packaging

Brownes embraced plant-based packaging in 2019. This year they worked with Tetrapak to step up their sustainability efforts even further. Their quality milk can now be enjoyed from a carton with a 16 per cent lower carbon footprint than traditional packaging.

Read about the most environmentally friendly milk cartons in Australia
Did you know? Australian dairy, as part of the National packaging targets, has committed to 100 per cent of packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable, by 2025.

Dairy marks World Environment Day 2022

Since 2012, dairy has worked towards sustainable goals under four pillars:
-           Enhancing livelihoods
-           Improving people’s wellbeing
-           Caring for our animals
-           Looking after the environment
Our efforts have resulted in the Australian dairy industry’s carbon footprint being one of the lowest in the world.

Read about our progress and where we’re heading next

Did you know? 94 per cent of dairy farmers are implementing measures to reduce emissions on-farm.

Also, in sustainability news:

How 'Chloe the Cow' helps tell Fonterra's sustainability story New Zealand Herald
Grocers’ have opportunity to transform the food system McKinsey & Company
M&S launches innovation challenges on sustainable ag, consumer behaviour Edie

Coming up:
The International Dairy Federation’s World Dairy Summit 2022 is open for registrations. The summit will take place in New Delhi, India, September 12-15.
The 2022 Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, Reaching New Heights: Achieving Global Goals will take place in Denver, Colorado, November 7-10. The conference will be preceded by the Communicators Summit on November 7.

For global dairy sustainability news, see the latest eNews from the Global Dairy Platform. Also, the latest newsletter from the global Dairy Sustainability Framework.
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