Continuing to empower the dairy industry go further and transform the supply chain
As part of this third partnership, Bel and WWF France have jointly established new areas of focus to enact the Group’s commitments and meet the major challenges facing the industry. These include:
- WWF France’s support for deploying the Global Sustainable Upstream Dairy Charter in all 10 of Bel’s dairy supply basins around the world, as well as the “Farming for the Future” program. Jointly signed with WWF France, the Charter will guide through 2025 the evolving practices of the Group and the 2,650 dairy farmers who work with Bel, to jointly develop a sustainable growth model. The Charter sets ambitious numerical targets in six strategic areas, such as pasture grazing and sustainable and localanimal feed. The Charter also calls for the establishment of ”Farming for the Future”, a program designed by a panel of experts, including WWF France. Its aim is to identify existing innovative practices already used by participating farmers that are well suited to local situations and can be shared and deployed elsewhere.
- Technical support for on-the-ground projects within the Group’s dairy supply basins and, in particular among milk supplying farmers, to encourage virtuous farming practices, such as agroforestry or local animal feed.
- Joint development of a policy to preserve forests and natural ecosystems, with concrete, numerical targets. Three raw materials will be given priority attention including soy, palm and paper, all of which are known to have a strong impact on deforestation and on which Bel can take direct action through dairy cow feed, vegetable fats, and the paper and cardboard used in packaging.
“Bel and WWF France have collaborated for six years now with the shared goal of comprehending and limiting dairy farming’s environmental impacts and fostering a more responsible industry,” said Arnaud Gauffier, Acting Co-Director of Programs at WWF France. “Building on our collaboration and the concrete actions already taken, we intend to continue and develop this joint initiative.”