Global Criteria

Providing a holistic approach to sustainability

The DSF is focused on eleven key sustainability criteria (Global Criteria), identified as relevant to the dairy sector globally. The Framework also outlines the high level objective (Strategic Intent) the dairy sector commits to working towards for each of the categories as detailed below.

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.

Each Global Criteria will have a high level indicator established on which the DSF will report on an aggregated basis for the global dairy value chain. These will be added below as they are confirmed.

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    GHG emissions across the full value chain are quantified and reduced through all economically viable mechanisms.
    Indicator for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Indicator

  • Soil Nutrients

    Nutrient application is managed to minimize impacts on water and air, while maintaining and enhancing soil quality.

  • Waste

    Waste generation is minimized and, where unavoidable, waste is reused and recycled.

  • Water

    Water availability, as well as water quality, is managed responsibly throughout the dairy value chain.

  • Soil

    Soil quality and retention is proactively managed and enhanced to ensure optimal productivity.

  • Biodiversity

    Direct and indirect biodiversity risks and opportunities are understood, and strategies to maintain or enhance it are established.

  • Market Development

    Participants along the dairy value chain are able to build economically viable businesses through the development of transparent and effective markets.

  • Rural Economies

    The dairy sector contributes to the resilience and economic viability of farmers and rural communities.

  • Working Conditions

    Across the dairy value chain, workers operate in a safe environment, and their rights are respected and promoted.

  • Product Safety & Quality

    The integrity and transparency of the dairy supply chain is safeguarded, so as to ensure the optimal nutrition, quality, and safety of products.

  • Animal Care

    Dairy animals are treated with care, and are free from hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury and disease, fear and distress, and are able to engage in relatively normal patterns of animal behavior.
    Indicator for Animal Care