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Unilever, one of the world’s largest com­pa­nies, has re­newed its cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the sus­tain­abil­ity cre­den­tials of Aus­tralia’s milk pro­duc­tion for another 12 months. Aus­tralian Dairy In­dus­try Coun­cil’s In­terim Chair, Terry Richard­son, said en­dorse­ment from a com­pany like Unilever is a great achieve­ment and re­flects the fo­cus that Aus­tralian dairy farm­ers have for sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices. “The Aus­tralian dairy in­dus­try is com­mit­ted to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ac­tions to sup­port on­go­ing tar­gets and mea­sures as part of the Aus­tralia Dairy In­dus­try Sus­tain­abil­ity Frame­work,” Mr Richard­son said. “We want to en­sure that the Aus­tralian dairy in­dus­try is recog­nised as sus­tain­able in the eyes of cus­tomers around the world so that our farm­ers and pro­ces­sors can be as­sured that the in­dus­try has a lon­glast­ing future.” In 2013 the Aus­tralian dairy in­dus­try was the first in the world to be recog­nised as meet­ing Unilever’s Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture Code (SAC) as a 100 per cent sus­tain­able sup­plier of milk. The com­pany’s SAC mea­sures 11 key in­di­ca­tors in­clud­ing soil health and fer­til­ity, soil loss, nu­tri­ents, pest man­age­ment, bio­di­ver­sity, en­ergy, water, so­cial and hu­man cap­i­tal, lo­cal econ­omy and an­i­mal wel­fare. Unilever aims to source 100 per cent of their agri­cul­tural raw ma­te­ri­als sus­tain­ably by 2020. The Unilever cer­ti­fi­ca­tion was un­der­pinned by the dairy in­dus­try’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Frame­work and re­port­ing progress against sim­i­lar tar­gets.

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