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Responsible company practices

Safe products and responsible communication are vital for building and strengthening trust with our consumers and stakeholders.

Bringing health through food does not only rely on healthier products and promoting healthier behaviors. Our mission also requires that our business practices help to build a healthier future. Maintaining and building trust with our consumers and stakeholders is key to our ability to fulfil our mission. One way that trust can be preserved is by ensuring that we are responsible when communicating with our consumers – especially children – and to make food safety of our top priority everywhere and at all times.

FOOD SAFETY

It is paramount for us to create, manufacture and deliver products that do not compromise food safety. Our Food Safety Policy helps us ensure that products are always compliant with local laws and regulations, as well as with our Danone Food Safety Compliance procedures. We are also participating in the Global Food Safety Initiative to pioneer the latest research on food safety techniques and processes. 

RESPONSIBLE MARKETING – ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN

Responsible marketing practices are extremely important in encouraging children to develop healthier behaviors. Our Fresh Dairy Products and Water divisions, have committed to complying with the prescriptions of the ICC Code (International Chamber of Commerce Code for Responsible Food and Beverage Communication) as well as local codes when these are more stringent. Our food for infants and Medical Nutrition comply with other specific and strict regulations for these target groups.

At Danone we have committed to limiting advertising aimed at children aged between 3 and 12 years old to those products which are tailored to their nutritional needs in line with public health priorities. To this end, Danone is member of local and regional pledges.

PRODUCT NUTRITION LABELLING

To promote healthier choices, product labelling is an important part of educating and communicating with our consumers. Our labels provide necessary information about safe and appropriate use of the products, as well as giving detailed nutrition information – even when there is no legal requirement to do so.

RESPONSIBLE MARKETING OF BREAST MILK SUBSTITUTES

Danone acknowledges the importance of the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant WHA resolutions. We actively support the WHO’s recommendation calling for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth and continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond, along with the introduction of safe and appropriate complementary foods. Danone works closely with many committed partners to mobilise more stakeholders to create awareness and promote the life-long benefits of the right nutrition during a child's first 1000 days.

RESPECT PROGRAM FOR SUSTAINABLE SOURCING

The RESPECT program, launched in 2005, set and follows a specific process to ensure the protection of the Sustainable Development Principles (social, environmental and ethics) across Danone suppliers. Doing so, it extends Danone's social and environmental responsibility to its entire supply chain, except milk producers (addressed in the dedicated FaRMs program).  In case of suppliers that might not respect well enough these standards,dedicated solution are found (through audits and corrective action plans for instance) to continually improve the sustainability of our supply chain.