IDFA Appoints Mike Aquino as New ESG Director
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has appointed Mike Aquino as Director of ESG (environment, social, and governance). In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the organisation's efforts related to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and governance.
Mike Aquino has a background in food science and has previously held positions in the food and agriculture industry, including working on sustainability and corporate citizenship issues. At IDFA, he will be working on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ESG policy and programming within the U.S. dairy supply chain.
He will be joining IDFA's Regulatory Affairs team, reporting to Danielle Quist, and working in collaboration with the Public Affairs and Communications team under Matt Herrick.
Mike Aquino has a Master's degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. He is also currently working towards an advanced degree in Public Affairs at American University. His doctoral research is focused on the analysis of environmental policy and the development of the ESG space.
“We are so pleased to welcome Mike Aquino to the IDFA family to help manage and elevate our work in the ESG and environmental sustainability space,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “In a recent survey by IDFA, roughly 75 per cent of IDFA members say they have a corporate sustainability and/or ESG strategy in place. IDFA members are clearly in the lead, and we must keep setting the pace to improve ESG indicators for the whole supply chain. With Mike Aquino’s experience and knowledge of dairy and emerging ESG issues, I am confident IDFA will continue to support ambitious ESG efforts among our members and industry.”
“With my background in dairy supply chains and my academic training in food science as well as ESG, I am very excited to join IDFA and begin collaborating with our members and stakeholders to sustainably grow this industry,” said Aquino.