ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

 

At Dean Foods, our sustainability efforts are driven by doing what’s right for our business and the environment. Since 2008, when we first created publicly reported sustainability goals, we’ve focused on both – reducing our environmental impact while lowering our costs. We’ve become an environmental leader in our industry, and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made.

We’ve reduced our overall greenhouse gas emissions, our use of electricity, natural gas, diesel fuel and water, as well as the amount of solid waste we send to landfill. We’ve also significantly increased the amount of materials we recycle. Every day, we use diverse tools to identify these opportunities throughout our company, including real-time energy and water tracking systems and a strong continuous improvement process. 

In July 2012, we announced a revised set of environmental sustainability goals for 2020 to better define our environmental impact and increase transparency. These goals – which are listed below – expand our focus to more areas of sustainability, align with the broader dairy industry timing for greater greenhouse gas reductions, and better reflect customer expectations and consumer demands.

Additionally, we set goals related to zero-waste, recycling, sustainable supply, and sustainable packaging. Our 2020 goals will guide us to significantly reduce our environmental impact and operating costs – as well as improve our efficiency – for the next eight years. These goals are ambitious, and we are committed to speaking openly and transparently about our progress toward them. Please explore this website and learn more about the tremendous work being done to make Dean Foods a more responsible company.

Environmental Sustainability Metrics

BaselineFocus Area
vs baseline
2020 Goals2015
Progress
2014
Progress
2013
Progress
2012
vs baseline
2011
vs baseline
2010
vs baseline
2009
vs baseline
2008
vs baseline
2007Greenhouse Gas ++25%12.7% 9.2% 10.3% 11.9% 10.4% 7.6% 7.2% 2.4%
2007Energy Use ++20% 7.7% 6.1% 7.0% 9.8% 8.4% 4.3% 4.4% 2.0%
2007Distribution
(total CO2 emissions)
95,000
metric tons
143,430
metric tons
113,749
metric tons
109,172
metric tons
82,480
metric tons
74,214
metric tons
50,919
metric tons
39,732
metric tons
25,041
metric tons
2008Water ++35%7.6%10.7%14.4%16.7%17.3%11.5%9.8%baseline
2009Solid Waste50%43.6%42.5%37.9%31.8%22%5.5%baseline
2009Recycling
(Waste Diversion)
50%
of total waste
32.5%
of total waste
29.9%
of total waste
28.0%
of total waste
27.0%
of total waste
21.0%
of total waste
10.0%
of total waste
baseline
2009Zero Waste10% of Plants0%0%0%***baseline
2012Packaging100% Certified Fibers by '14
25% Recycled Content by ‘18
Recycle symbol
On Target
On Target
In Process
On Target
On Target
Beginning
On Target
On Target
Below Target
2012Sustainable
Supply
Innovation Center – US Dairy
World Cocoa Federation
Milk Sustainable Supply
Active Member
Active Member
In Process
Active Member
Active Member
In Process
Annual
Assessments

++Per gallon of product produced

Data is consistent with WRI, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), The Climate Registry, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accounting standards.

Sustainability Working Group

In 2009, we formed a Sustainability Working Group (SWG) sponsored by members of our executive leadership team. The SWG’s charter is to lead the Dean Foods sustainability agenda by creating long-term plans, identifying and delivering key objectives, ensuring that results are measured, and reporting progress. The SWG helps Dean Foods understand, align on, and navigate issues related to environmental sustainability. In 2012, the SWG made recommendations on the revision and expansion of our 2020 environmental sustainability goals, and led the company in the effort to complete this process.

 

With the completed spin-off of our WhiteWave business and the sale of our Morningstar business in 2013, all sustainability metrics, going back to 2007, have been recalculated to reflect the current structure of Dean Foods.


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