Environment

Promoting a healthy environment

Our earth is worth protecting, and we’re committed to doing our part. Every year, we’re working to use less water, electricity, paper and fuel. We’re repurposing and recycling so we can keep as much waste out of the landfill as possible. We’re converting waste into energy. All this helps us with our goal, which is to send zero waste to the landfill.

We also look for ways to create new, ecofriendly food packaging. For example, we’re now using stand-up pouches for shredded cheese. The smaller bag uses less packaging – about 260,000 pounds less every year – and its compact size means we can ship more efficiently and use less fuel.

We’ve also teamed up with our customers, suppliers and other experts around the world to share ideas and put the best ones to work. Together, we’re working to have a positive impact on our environment.

Read our 2019 year-end responsibilities update.

Setting science-based targets

We mean business when it comes to preventing the worst impacts of climate change. That’s why we’ve joined some of the world’s biggest companies in aligning our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions with climate science.

We’ve committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions 27 percent by 2030 from a 2017 base year. We’ve also pledged to reduce Scope 3 Purchased Goods & Services GHG emissions 30 percent per metric ton of production by 2030 from a 2017 base year.

By setting science-based emission reduction targets – and committing to targets in our supply chain as well as our own operations – we can continue to provide dairy favorites to people around the world in a way that preserves our precious resources and promotes a healthy planet.

Using less water and energy

The equivalent of planting 17,503 trees – that’s how much less carbon dioxide the plant in Silao, Mexico, is emitting during the next 25 years, thanks to solar panels in the parking lot.

The plant is also saving about 1 million liters of water annually with waterless urinals. That’s enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in just two years.

In October 2020, the plant began sourcing carbon-free energy from the largest private-energy producer in the country. This means 100% of the facility’s energy is being generated by solar and wind generation plants. 

We’ve committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions 27 percent by 2030 from a 2017 base year. We’ve also pledged to reduce Scope 3 Purchased Goods & Services GHG emissions 30 percent per metric ton of production by 2030 from a 2017 base year.

By setting science-based emission reduction targets – and committing to targets in our supply chain as well as our own operations – we can continue to provide dairy favorites to people around the world in a way that preserves our precious resources and promotes a healthy planet.

The Richland Center Renewable Energy (RCRE) wastewater treatment facility has generated enough electricity to power an average of 830 homes annually since it began producing “green” energy in 2013.

We’re always looking for ways to divert waste from landfills. Our goal … zero waste.