Commitments to action

Dairy Sustainability Framework

Global Dairy Platform, DSF partners with 100 organizations across the public and private sectors, NGO’s, and dairy industry associations

The Dairy Sustainability Framework is a continuous-improvement framework for the global dairy sector to responsibly align, connect and progress its sustainability efforts in a pre-competitive and collaborative way. The DSF annually reports the global dairy sector’s progress against 11 Sustainability Criteria, celebrating improvements and drawing attention to areas where greater attention is necessary. Members who are implementing and quantifying their proactive sustainability efforts are encouraged to share their solutions and experiences with other stakeholders facing similar challenges.

DSF partners with 100 organizations across the public and private sectors, NGOs, and dairy industry associations. The DSF is a reporting framework that takes a holistic approach to solve sustainability challenges, while specifically contributing to SDG Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. It tracks the sustainability progress of nearly 50% of the global formal milk market. Sharing information and progress reporting inspires the dairy value chain to invest more energy and effort in addressing sustainability challenges in a globally diverse sector.

DSF covers approximately 30% of total global dairy production, which equates to ~50% of the formal milk market. It quantifies the dairy sector’s sustainability progress at scale under 11 different criteria. The DSF encourages members to approach their mitigation/adaptation/improvement programs through a wide lens allowing the interrelationships between environmental, economic, and social sustainability to all benefit. A pre-competitive framework with a range of platforms to encourage members to connect and share solutions increases the speed at which the sector can support improvement.

Private sector

Action Area(s)
Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production


Key contact
Brian Lindsay, Global Dairy Platform



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