Helping to lead the charge in impacting the health of the planet, Organic Valley has promoted Nicole Rakobitsch to Director of Sustainability for the company. With this move, Organic Valley is also launching a new centralized department for the Organic Valley family.
"In 2019, CROPP reached its ambitious goal to be powered with 100 precent renewable electricity in our owned facilities. As an organic farming cooperative rooted in environmental stewardship and continuous improvement, we recognized that we could not stop there," Rakobitsch said. "We know that our impact goes beyond our facilities and includes our farmers, our plant partners, hauling, transportation, retail, and our consumers."
In her new role, Rakobitsch will lead a team of professionals and integrate experts from across the cooperative and broader organic industry. While in this position, she will also develop climate-smart farming programs and move Organic Valley into a more sustainable future through targeted work on-farm and throughout the cooperative.
According to a press release, Rakobitsch brings a wealth of passion to projects like a unique life cycle assessment (LCA), which tracks the impact of scope-3 emissions on Organic Valley farms in each region of the U.S., providing a rare and valuable glimpse into the environmental impact of, and solutions for, family farms.
"Having one unified voice for sustainability will ensure we accurately track our impact and focus our energy where we can do the most good," Rakobitsch said. "I am proud to work for a company that continues to prioritize the planet and its people and animals."
A huge congrats to Nicole Rakobitsch and the Organic Valley team for the amazing strides you have already accomplished and the passionate moves that are yet to come!