Building strong partnerships with non-profits and academics
Danone has built many long-standing partnerships with local experts, national and international non- profit organizations and academic partners. This collaborative journey started to accelerate in 2008 with the signature of the first partnership agreement between NGOs and business for the protection of wetlands. This partnership between Danone, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was targeted to support disadvantaged rural communities in developing countries to restore their natural ecosystems.
These partnerships are essential if our programs are to succeed as they marry global expertise with the needs of local communities. All our social innovation projects are co-created with local NGOs, partners and communities as we believe this is the key to success on the ground. To ensure we deliver results these projects undergo monitoring, qualitative and quantitative impact studies conducted with academic partners (HEC, MIT D lab, ESSEC...). We are also building partnerships with universities, schools (such as Sc Po Paris) and banks so we can do more. Our recent partnership with IDB on inclusive recycling in South America is a good example of this inclusive approach.