Working with Non For profit partners to create jobs and reinforce our local ecosystems through a general interest fund.
“It is in a company’s own interests to care for its economic and social environment or, to put it another way, its ecosystem.” Franck Riboud
Ecosystem in action in the UK
The Early Years Nutrition (EYN) Partnership is working to improve the future health outcomes of young children by setting a standard for nutrition practice in early years settings. Unique to the EYN Partnership is the provision of ‘hands-on’ help for settings, delivered by a network of Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians.
Launched in 2016, the EYN Partnership is an an independent social enterprise, created in partnership with the Pre-school Learning Alliance, the British Nutrition Foundation and Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition.
Find out more at eynpartnership.org
WE SUPPORT INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMES WITH THE AMBITION TO POSITIVELY IMPACT FUTURE HEALTH.
To make sure the projects where socially and financially sustainable, they are all initiated and co-created by Danone business units in partnership with local NGOs and local communities, covering and seeking to improve supply and demand conditions:
- Upstream initiatives target societal and environmental issues which have an impact on how raw materials are sourced, recycling systems are organised or watersheds are protected. They are critical to leveraging production.
- Downstream projects improve distribution channels and care services, delivering alimentation and knowledge on adapted nutrition at all ages to vulnerable populations.
All the programs are designed to create economic growth. The Fund specifically supports the professional empowerment of “small” local actors with jobs being created or strengthened for smallholder farmers, micro-distributors, care givers and waste pickers. These small players in the local economy see an increase in revenue, as well as improvements in their working conditions, and consequently, improvement of their quality of life, as does that of their families. This is how the Danone Ecosystem Fund contributes to the development of an inclusive economy, reconciling the long term development of an international company with that of small players in the local economy who make up the ‘reinforced ecosystem’.
Co-creation is at the heart of our Ecosystem approach. In looking for the best way to strengthen the local economy, we join forces with partners who have local expertise and knowledge of the specific social issues the Fund addresses. Everyday, 45 local subsidiaries from General Managers to Project Managers and over 51 Non For Profit partners work together to find solutions to social, environmental and economic challenges. To ensure the projects’ positive social and environmental impacts, measurement studies are led with academic partners (HEC, William Davidson Institute, ESSEC…) and co-funding is sought to find solutions which create a more inclusive society.
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LOOKING BACK AT 5 YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO THE DANONE ECOSYSTEM
To contribute to the sustainability of the small traditional dairy farming model in Algeria, the H’Lib Dzair project provides farmers with technical expertise, including ways to improve their milk quality. With individual audits and advice this approach raises each small farms profitability and therefore the livelihoods of the farmers.
To increase the local production of sustainable milk in Sénégal, the Kosam project supports famers in accessing markets and increasing income through implementing resilient farming models.
To protect the Evian watershed In France for the long term, the Terragr’Eau Methanisation project is building a biodigester and has created a farmers’ cooperative to support sustainable family farming of AOC products.
To improve the living conditions for women in low income communities in the city of Salvador in Brazil, the “Kiteiras” project promotes an inclusive business model by providing jobs as door-to-door vendors. These jobs contribute to female empowerment and reinforce self-esteem
To support mums-to-be in Romania, the Stand by Mums project develops a network of perinatal educators who enable mothers to make educated choices about nutritional and perinatal care from conception to when their child reaches toddler age.
To improve child nutrition in Indonesia and educate mothers about adapted nutrition for children, the project developed a nutrition intervention program in elementary schools and established healthy kiosks run by female micro entrepreneurs.
To support waste management and improve working and living conditions of waste pickers in Brazil, the Novo Ciclo project trains local people and provides them with technical infrastructure support. The project is conducted with an innovative recycling business model based on cooperative organizations who promote social mobilization.
To learn more, visit the official website of Danone Ecosystem.