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Optimizing Sustainability: Materiality Assessment Workshop

Optimizing Sustainability: Materiality Assessment Workshop

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 9:30 AM (CDT) to Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

Event Details

Sustainability programs and practices are crucial for dairy processors to mitigate environmental impacts, meet consumer demand, comply with regulations, enhance brand reputation, and ensure long-term viability in the industry. As a first step in mapping out a sustainability strategy, a well-conducted materiality assessment will help companies identify key sustainability priorities and answer customer-driven questions related to ESG initiatives while also assisting dairy processors in meeting the growing demands of measuring and reporting sustainability goals and practices. 

WCMA is excited to offer the opportunity for dairy processors to participate in an insightful workshop designed to support the creation and completion of a materiality assessment for their company or cooperative. The workshop will offer a comprehensive exploration of key sustainability topics, materiality assessment development steps, stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis, and more. 

Supported by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and other relevant industry standards, this workshop will be delivered by WCMA partners and sustainability leaders Harbor Environmental and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. In addition to this in-person workshop in May, attendees will have access to two virtual, group follow-up sessions and up to three hours of 1:1 consulting time with Harbor Environmental.  Participants should expect to complete their materiality assessment within six months.


May 7
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Networking and Continental Breakfast
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM WCMA Sponsored Dinner (location TBD)
May 8
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Networking and Breakfast
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Workshop (lunch provided)

For More Information:

Danica Nilsestuen
Danica Nilsestuen
Grant & Business Programs Director Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 7th: In-Person Workshop from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

Wednesday, May 8th: In-Person Workshop from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CT)