We are proud to share our 2018 Cooperative Sustainability Report.
2018 was a year of change and growth for our co-op. Our board of directors made decisions that took us out of our comfort zone but were in the best interest of the future. Decisions that ensured the safest and highest-quality dairy products for our customers, because nutritious products are at the heart of what we do.
Throughout UDA’s 60 year history, the U.S. dairy industry has been able to reduce its environmental footprint drastically. In 2007, producing a glass of milk had a 37% lower carbon footprint and required 35% less water, 10% less land, and 21 fewer animals in comparison to a 1944 baseline.₁ UDA is excited to continue driving progress in this critical area in the coming years.
But our definition of sustainability doesn’t only focus on our environmental impacts. We also focus on other key priority areas that help us thrive: workforce development, community contributions, food safety and quality, and responsible animal care.