Governance

Ensuring continued alignment with sector sustainability objectives

The GDAA-DSF governance model has been developed through an iterative process and in consultation with internal and external stakeholder groups in order to ensure the establishment of a system through which dairy sector representatives from around the globe and across the dairy value chain are supported in their efforts to continuously improve the sustainability of their practices, and to share their experiences as part of a collaborative effort of the global dairy sector.

In addition to establishing mechanisms to support communication and information transfer among dairy sector stakeholders, open and transparent dialogue with external stakeholders continues to be of critical importance for the ongoing functioning of the GDAA, the implementation of the Dairy Sustainability Framework specifically, and importantly, the recognition of the dairy sector’s progress.

Governance model breakdown

GDAA (Global Dairy Agenda for Action)
  • Current Governors: Dairy Australia, European Dairy Association (EDA), Eastern and South African Dairy Association (ESADA), Pan-American Dairy Federation (FEPALE), Global Dairy Platform (GDP), Innovation Center for US Dairy, International Dairy Federation (IDF), Sustainable Agricultural Initiative Platform (SAI), World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).
  • Approves and secures framework implementation funding/resources
  • Ensures continued alignment with sector objectives
Stakeholder Advisory Council
  • A mix of external stakeholders from across the dairy supply chain including: dairy farming, dairy processing, customers and retailers, consumers, academia, government agencies, financial institutions, labour, interest groups/NGO
  • Members represent their stakeholder area of specialization at a global scale
  • Presents change requests to GDAA
DSF Development Group
  • Members possess a range of required skill sets based on development needs of the GDAA, and represent the different components of the dairy value chain. A balanced regional representation is also sought
  • Maintains and review content for conformance to framework objectives
Secretariat
  • Sustainability Sector Lead (Brian Lindsay) with administrative support
Endorsers
  • Full Implementing Members, Affiliate Members and Aggregators
  • Catalogue existing activity on some or all sustainability categories along the “continuous improvement spectrum”
  • Develop locally appropriate action plans and reports progress against objectives