Are there different categories of membership?
Yes – It is important that the dairy sector is recognized for its diversity and the wide range of organizations operating across the different levels of the value chain and as such we cannot expect the same outcomes from every organization/grouping that want to join us in this ambitious initiative. We have therefore established three categories of membership of the DSF:
Full Implementing Members: Those who can realistically endorse the Criteria and Strategic Intents and implement initiatives to address these. E.g. farming groups, dairy manufacturers…
Affiliate Members: Those close to or part of the sector who are able to endorse the Sustainability Criteria and Strategic intents, though not in a position to directly implement sustainability initiatives address the Criteria for the dairy sector. E.g. research organizations.
Aggregators: The new aggregation approach allows countries, regions or even small groupings of dairy sector organizations who are collaborating on sustainability programs to register and report through one coordinating organisation.
Do I need to alter any programs that I already have in place?
No – If sustainability programs are appropriate at the local level, the DSF is not seeking alteration of these. Importantly though, new and existing initiatives need to follow the management process of ‘Plan, Do, Check, Amend’, and will probably alter as a result.
For some, if there is no performance measurement process in place, the DSF encourages this to be established to enable us to capture the progress being made.
Do I need to implement initiatives in ALL the 11 categories?
Does it cost to join?
Does it matter at what level my programs are, i.e. national or within company programs?
How can I engage with the DSF and where can I find the information?
How did it originate?
How is the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) different to other sustainability initiatives?
It is very different to a standard that requires certain fixed criteria to be achieved. The DSF allows individual groups, regions or organizations to develop different initiatives and programs on a local basis that work towards addressing the Criteria and Strategic Intents of the framework. This approach also allows the dairy sector to develop initiatives that accommodate wherever they are on their sustainability journey. It is recognized that global dairy supply chains are at different developmental stages of their sustainability programs, and as such the framework is not there to judge or compare… It purely seeks to demonstrate continuous improvement via a range of shared activities that are captured and shared via the DSF.
How long does membership last?
How was the DSF developed?
How will the DSF contribute to a more sustainable dairy sector?
Is the framework ready to be used regardless of local/national priorities?
What are my commitments if I do sign up?
The key commitments of Implementation Members are: Endorsing the 11 key sustainability criteria and Strategic Intents
- Undertaking a prioritization of sustainability issues at a more local level (the prioritization process will support your key areas of focus locally)
- Implementing initiatives to address the priorities
- Delivery of the Plan, Do, Check and Adjust actions on existing programs to ensure they are continually evolving and addressing the key areas of interest
- Provision of annual reporting and updating of shared initiatives with the DSF
What do I need to do to report and how often?
Initially we are only asking Full Implementing Members to provide information on programs that have already been shared with the DSF so that we can capture this information for cataloguing and progress measurement.
It is envisaged that over time, through an iterative process with the sector, we will identify some key indicators against which progress can be quantified to demonstrate the sector’s continuous improvement.
It is important to note that these indicators will be developed through a transparent approach to ensure we are reporting the correct information that is also providing a meaningful output for the global dairy industry.
What does signing up actually mean?
By ‘signing up’, you are agreeing to collaborate with the global dairy sector in addressing the key sustainability criteria identified (and others if pertinent on a local basis).
The DSF wants to ensure that those who join are genuinely committed to helping us demonstrate dairy’s positive contribution to the sustainability challenge and, importantly, quantify our continuous improvement.
What is going to be reported from the DSF?
Information provided by the membership will be integrated in a database managed by the DSF and will then be used to report in an aggregated form to demonstrate the progress of the Framework.
The DSF would also like to profile individual initiatives at various opportunities. Permission from the initiative ‘owner’ will always be sought prior to public release.
What is the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF)?
What is the link between the Global Dairy Agenda of Action (GDAA) and the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF)?
Who Governs the DSF? What is my link to them?
As a program of the GDAA, the DSF is governed by the GDAA Governance Group.
Members of the DSF will be connected to the GDAA Governance Group through the DSF Secretariat.