The Sustainable Dairy Chain (Duurzame Zuivelketen) is part of ZuivelNL and is a joint initiative between the Dutch Dairy Association (NZO) and LTO Netherlands. Combined, the 13 dairy companies that are members of the NZO process 98% of all milk made in the Netherlands. LTO Netherlands represents approximately 70% of the 18,000 Dutch dairy farmers. ZuivelNL is the trade association for the Dutch dairy sector. The Sustainable Dairy Chain is also a member of the Dairy Sustainability Framework.

The Sustainable Dairy Chain consists of a steering committee, a contact group, an advisory board, a management team, and program teams. The Sustainable Dairy Chain works with countless organizations in the pursuit of its goals.

Steering committee

The steering committee aligns with LTO’s dairy farming department and the NZO Commission on Sustainable Milk Production (Commissie Duurzame Melkproductie) to direct the Sustainable Dairy Chain. This decision-making body is made up of the following individuals:

  • Werner Buck, chairman steering committee Sustainable Dairy Chain
  • Wim Betten, NZO
  • Dirk Bruins, NZO
  • Jeroen Elfers, NZO
  • Frans Keurentjes, NZO
  • Marjolein de Kreij, NZO
  • Margo Meijerink, LTO Nederland
  • Oscar Meuffels, NZO
  • Wil Meulenbroeks, LTO Nederland
  • Inge van Schie – Rameijer, LTO Nederland
  • Bregje van Erve, Management Sustainable Dairy Chain
  • Willemien van de Kandelaar, Management Sustainable Dairy Chain

Contact group

The contact group of the Sustainable Dairy Chain secures alignment around the implementation of sustainability programs, and it advises the steering committee and program teams on practical issues involved in this implementation. The following people make up the contact group:

  • Geert Hartlief, chairman contact group Sustainable Dairy Chain
  • Germ Bruinsma, NZO – Farmel
  • Geert Hegen, NZO – FrieslandCampina
  • Grietsje Hoekstra, NZO – CONO Kaasmakers
  • Dennis Iseger, NZO – Arla
  • Johannes Pieter Keestra, NZO – Hochwald Foods Nederland b.v.
  • Marjolein de Kreij, NZO – Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods
  • Corine Kroft, NZO – Royal A-ware Food Group
  • Margo Meijerink, LTO Nederland
  • Stieneke van Nes-Vleems, NZO – DOC Kaas
  • Christien Ondersteijn, NZO – Rouveen
  • Evert Schilstra, NZO – Ausnutria Hyproca
  • Rene van der Velde, NZO – Kaasmakerij Henri Willig
  • Koen Veldman, NZO – Royal A-ware Food Group
  • Henry Voogd, NZO – Partico
  • Roelof Wijma, NZO – Bel Leerdammer b.v.
  • Ruud Kooyman, NZO – De Graafstroom
  • Willemien van de Kandelaar, management Duurzame Zuivelketen

Advisory board

The Sustainable Dairy Chain’s advisory board advises the steering committee on the organization’s goals and execution. The members of the advisory board are:

  • Bert van den Berg, Dierenbescherming
  • Teo Wams, Natuurmonumenten
  • Wouter van der Weijden, CLM
  • Henri Kool, Ministerie van Economische Zaken
  • Olaf Cornielje, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu
  • Annie de Veer, Wageningen UR Livestock Research
  • Marijn Dekkers, Rabobank
  • Pierre Berntsen, ABN AMRO
  • Lubbert van Dellen, VLB
  • Henk Flipsen, Nevedi
  • John Spithoven, NMV
  • Dirk Willink, KNMvD
  • Bart van der Hoog, NAJK
  • Marc Jansen, CBL
  • Gerdien Kleijer, Natuur en Milieu
  • Rob van den Biggelaar, ING

Management team

The management team coordinates and supports the activities of the Sustainable Dairy Chain, monitors progress and promotes inclusiveness.The management team of the Sustainable Dairy Chain consists of Willemien van de Kandelaar and Bregje van Erve.

Program teams

The Sustainable Dairy Chain’s program teams initiate and implement programs. There are four program teams, with the following members:

Climate neutral development
Harry Kager (program leader)
Arnoud Smit
Grietsje Hoekstra
Sophie Snaas

Continuous improvements in livestock health and welfare
Henry Voogd (program leader)
Margo Meijerink
Hanneke van Wichen

Preservation of grazing
Willemien van de Kandelaar (program leader)
Mark Paauw
Marleen de Rond

Protecting biodiversity and the environment
Margo Meijerink (program leader)
Roelof Wijma
Guus van Laarhoven

Annual report and Sector report

Each year, the LEI publishes a sector report to monitor progress in the realization of the goals. This can lead to more refined sustainability programs. Each theme has a program team that makes proposals to maximize the chances of realizing the goals. The Sustainable Dairy Chain’s advisory board provides advice on progress and implementation. The realization of the goals is a cooperative effort between dairy farmers, retailers, advisors, politicians, social organizations, science and education.

An annual report on the activities of the Sustainable Dairy Chain is also published each year.

Annual reports
Annual report 2017
Annual report 2016
Annual report 2015
Annual report 2014
Annual report 2013
Annual report 2012
Annual report 2011
Annual report 2010
Annual report 2009

Sector reports
Sector report 2015
Sector report 2014
Sector report 2013
Sector report 2012
Sector report 2011

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