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A Practical Application for Measuring the Sustainability of Ben & Jerry’s Dairy Suppliers. April 2003. Agenda. Client and Team Background & Problem Statement Deliverables Methodology Timeline Budget. Client and Team. Client Andrea Asch, Manager of Natural Resource Use, Ben & Jerry’s

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a practical application for measuring the sustainability of ben jerry s dairy suppliers

A Practical Application for Measuring the Sustainability of Ben & Jerry’s Dairy Suppliers

April 2003

agenda
Agenda
  • Client and Team
  • Background & Problem Statement
  • Deliverables
  • Methodology
  • Timeline
  • Budget
client and team
Client and Team
  • Client
    • Andrea Asch, Manager of Natural Resource Use, Ben & Jerry’s
  • Team
    • Carey Bylin
    • Ruchi Misra
    • Mindy Murch
    • Wendy Rigterink
  • Advisor
    • Greg Keoleian
  • Advisory Board (TBD)
    • Ben and Jerry’s
    • Unilever
    • Academia
    • Government
    • NGO
    • Other Corporations
    • Farmers
background
Background
  • Ben & Jerry’s actively sources agricultural inputs from socially and environmentally responsible suppliers
  • Issue-driven (BGH-free, Rain Forest Crunch, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, For A Change)
  • Does not use a comprehensive set of sustainability indicators to evaluate or select suppliers
unilever sustainability indicators
Unilever Sustainability Indicators
  • Soil fertility/health
  • Soil loss
  • Nutrients
  • Pest management
  • Biodiversity
  • Product value
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Social/human

capital

  • Local economy
soil fertility health indicator
Soil Fertility/Health Indicator
  • Soil is fundamental to agricultural systems, and a rich soil ecosystem contributes to crop and livestock performance. Sustainable practices can improve beneficial components of the soil's ecosystem.

Parameters:

  • Number of beneficial organisms (e.g. earth worms per square meter)
  • Number of predatory mites
  • Number of beneficial micro-organisms
  • Soil organic carbon (measure of healthy soil structure)
problem statement
Problem Statement
  • What environmental, social, and economic indicators should be used to evaluate the sustainability, beginning with dairy farming?
  • What indicators are most practically evaluated in the field?
  • What criteria and metrics should be used to evaluate sustainability for each indicator?
  • How should the indicators be used to enhance Ben & Jerry’s decision making for selecting suppliers?
deliverable
Deliverable
  • A comprehensive set

of indicators for dairy

that considers social,

environmental, and economic factors

    • Scientifically valid, yet understandable to suppliers
    • Implementable tool
  • Method for modifying tool so that it can be used for other ag inputs
methodology

Academia

Current Suppliers

Government

Institutions

Corporations

& NGOs

Methodology

1. Literature Review & Interviews

Global Frameworks

Ag Indicators

Dairy-Specific Indicators

methodology1
Methodology

2. Screen indicators for usability (verifiability, measurability, ease of collection)

3. Develop metrics or standards for each indicator

4. Design template to evaluate supplier sustainability

5. Field-test template

Dairy-Specific Indicators

Usability Screen

Template

Field-Testing

timeline
Timeline

Project Planning

Definition

of Metrics/Standards

General Literature

Review on Ag Indicators

Create 1st Draft

of Template

Research

on Corporate/

NGO Practices

Edits

March

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

&

Beyond

Final Presentation

to B&J

Initiate

Formation

of Advisory

Group

Report Writing

Field Testing

Development

of Indicators

Develop Outline

of Final Report

*All timeframes indicate when the task will be completed.