Started the journey
Danone publicly discloses comprehensive commitments across all three dimensions. In environment, it discloses time-bound targets for GHG emissions (alongside a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2050), deforestation-free supply chains, catchment-based water management, plastic use and packaging, animal welfare and food waste. In addition, it regularly reports on progress against all of the above. Elsewhere, it commits to improving soil health and agrobiodiversity, albeit without linking to targets. With regard to nutrition, Danone has set detailed nutritional targets across various geographies and consumer groups, reporting that 82% of its 2019 sales volumes were compliant with targets, including product quantities of sugars, saturated fats and proteins. The company also has a strategic commitment to increase the accessibility of healthy foods, with Danone Communities co-financing 12 social businesses on nutrition and water access in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Rwanda and Mexico, among others. Danone also sets out clear commitments, policies and expectations across other key nutrition topics, including food safety, product labelling and responsible marketing. While the company has launched multiple plant-based products, it has not accompanied these with a clear target to diversify proteins in its portfolio. In the social inclusion dimension, Danone’s seven Fundamental Social Principles prohibit child and forced labour in the company’s own operations and supply chain. Moreover, the company discloses the number of injuries and accidents alongside its commitments to employee health and safety. The company’s Livelihood Fund for Family Farming reportedly helped to improve the productivity and market access of 1,100 farms and 15,000 smallholders. However, the fund is not accompanied by a commitment to respect and uphold the land tenure and resource rights of smallholder farmers worldwide. Finally, while living wage is an element of the company’s sustainability materiality matrix, it does not disclose a clear commitment to ensuring its own employees and workers in the supply chain are in fact paid a living wage.