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Yili Group

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group, or Yili Group, is one of the largest dairy companies in China, delivering 100 million products globally every day and serving 1.1 billion Chinese consumers annually. The company is also rapidly developing a global presence, having established an R&D centre in the Netherlands, developed a strategic partnership with Serilgarda Alimenti, the biggest dairy company in Italy, and invested 3 billion yuan in New Zealand to construct the world's largest integrated dairy base. Yili's product line includes liquid milk, milk powder, cold drinks, yogurt, health drinks, and cheese across 20 subsidiary brands, with 11 of these achieving annual sales of more than 1 billion yuan.

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Governance and strategy

#1 0.8 /10 #248


#1 0.6 /30 #290


#1 3.8 /30 #131

Social inclusion

#1 3.0 /30 #224
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Segment Rank
Animal proteins #58
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #171

Segment ranking summary

Yili Groups sits towards the bottom of the ranking for both animal proteins producers and food and beverage processors. As a result, it also largely lags behind most of its peers in the dairy sector. This poor performance is mainly due to a lack of sustainability disclosure. However, even when the company discloses on relevant key topics such as in the environment and nutrition measurement area, its commitments and targets are often insufficient compared to its industry peers. The company sits in the bottom half in both dimensions, except for nutrition among animal protein producers where it stands in the middle of the ranking. Furthermore, the company is one of the few among its peers to perform worst in the governance and strategy measurement area.

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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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Hohhot, China
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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