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Pragmatism and continuous improvement

Building a healthier future means continuously improving what Danone does, and in the process, sparking innovation and inspiring others on our journey. This hands-on pragmatism and small-scale experimental style are key to solving the complex social, economic and environmental challenges linked to our business.  In line with this, we will continuously adapt our plans to meet the needs of the planet, its places and the people we serve. We know that sustainability is an on-going journey and that there are other issues material to our business where we are only just starting to explore the challenges that face us and solutions we need to build, but we are ready to be playing our part.

Here are some of the topics we are currently exploring:

  • Women empowerment : the role of women in agriculture, enterprise and across the Danone value chain is a crucial issue. As Danone we cannot hope to build a healthier future without the unencumbered contribution and involvement of 50% of us: women. Nevertheless women, and especially smallholder female farmers, often face unfair and un-necessary challenges. We have begun a review and solutions finding approach to co-create answers to these challenges.

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  • Animal welfare : healthy cows are essential to provide healthy milk and healthy products. Therefore, animal welfare is a pillar of Danone sustainable sourcing strategy. We are committed to working with suppliers to achieve the best conditions possible for dairy cows and calves. We have set an "Animal Welfare Policy" based on the internationally recognized Five Freedoms developed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council: freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury or disease, freedom to express normal behavior, freedom from fear and distress. To support this engagement, we set a process of audit, encourage research and published  an "animal welfare guide" in collaboration with Compassion in World Farming. 

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  • Food waste: according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), approximately one third of global food production intended for human consumption is lost or wasted each year. Aware of our responsibility as a food company, Danone takes a comprehensive approach to addressing food waste reduction all along our value cycles. We endorsed the European collective initiative “Every Crumb Counts,”2 committing  to working toward an overall 50% reduction in food losses by 2020 and we’ve launched concrete initiatives to reduce food losses in areas it controls and influences—not only at its production plants, but also upstream in its supply chain and downstream with customers.