Measuring Value in Resources, Employee, & Community Engagement in Dairy Plants

11/01/2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Processor Handbook 

November 2016: Developed in Collaboration with Leading Dairy Processors 

This Processor Handbook is a supplementary resource to the Stewardship and Sustainability Framework for U.S. Dairy (Framework) developed to support dairy cooperatives, processors, manufacturers and milk marketing organizations that choose to voluntarily track and communicate progress. This handbook provides measurement guidance for processors across topics essential to sustainable plant operations including: energy and greenhouse gas intensity, water use, resource recovery (waste management), employee investment and community contributions. 

This handbook was developed to aid dairy processors in credibly and consistently using the Framework. It provides insights and guidance which processors can use to assess the sustainability of their operations, highlight responsible management practices and demonstrate the industry’s dedication to continuous improvement against the indicators and metrics defined in the Framework. 

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® (Innovation Center) in partnership with dairy farmers and businesses across the industry intends to continually update the Framework to reflect the latest scientific information and generally-accepted best practices. Through collaboration with the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) as well as leading dairy processors, the handbook will be updated accordingly. It is the user’s responsibility to refer to the most updated version of both the Framework and Processor Handbook

Read the full Handbook here:  ProcessorHandbook.pdf

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