Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Farmers of America is a family-owned dairy cooperative based in the US. The cooperative manufactures and markets milk, ice cream, butter, frozen yogurt, cream, cheese, and other dairy products, and operationally is split across seven geographic areas. It's grassroots structure, owned by and serving 13,000 farmers across the US, is represented through elected farmer-leaders at all levels of governance, and overseen by a 49-member board of directors.

Baseline assessment


Started the journey


Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Room for improvement


While Dairy Farmers of America publicly discloses several environmental commitments, it falls short in both the nutrition and social inclusion dimensions. The group has a time-bound target to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions by 30% by 2030, as well as a commitment to enhance soil health and biodiversity, disclosing that 92% of its farms have a soil management plan. Dairy Farmers of America also commits to reducing freshwater use and improving animal welfare, albeit without linking these to targets. The group does not provide disclosure on other topics, including reducing food loss and waste, protecting and restoring terrestrial habitat through responsible sourcing of commodities such as soya and palm oil, and reducing plastic use. Outside of commitments to food safety, the group discloses practically no other information on or commitments to a myriad of nutrition topics, including improving the nutritional value of food products, responsible marketing, transparent labelling and protein diversification. In terms of social inclusion, the group is committed to preventing and eliminating forced labour in its supply chain but does not include child labour in this. Neither does the commitment extend to its own operations. Dairy Farmers of America also lacks commitments on paying a living wage and improving the market access and productivity of smallholder producers. A commitment to employee safety is not matched with disclosure on metrics such as injury or fatality rates.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 13,600,000,000
Major subsidiaries
Dairy Maid Dairy
Consumer brands
Borden Cheese, Craigs Creamery, Guida's, Dairy Made Dairy

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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