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Lactalis is one of the largest dairy processing companies in the world; headquartered in France, the company has a global presence with 250 production facilities across 50 different countries. 58% of Lactalis' revenue is generated in Europe, with 21% in Americas, 14% in Oceania/Asia and 7% in Africa. Similarly, within its broad product portfolio, 34% of revenue comes from cheese, 24% from liquid milk and 12% from yoghurt, with the rest comprised of butter, cream, dairy ingredients and powders. The company was founded in 1933 by Andre Besnier and remains family-owned to this day. Lactalis was known as 'Besnier' until changing its name in 1999.

Ranking position
#315 /350
Total score
0.7 /100
Measurement area Score (0-100) Rank (0-350)

Governance and strategy

#1 0.0 /100 #267


#1 2.3 /100 #287


#1 0.0 /100 #278

Social inclusion

#1 0.0 /100 #300
Indicates the score for the top performing company.
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #211

Segment ranking summary

Lactalis ranks 211th in the food and beverage manufacturers and processors segment, being outperformed by most of its peers across all areas of the benchmark. No relevant disclosure was found for the company in the governance and strategy, nutrition and social inclusion measurement areas. Its position at the bottom of the ranking reflects its lack of disclosure regarding sustainability topics.

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The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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  1. 2023

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Laval, France
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2,000 most influential companies

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