Environmental Sustainability

 

Healthy food begins with a healthy nature, true commitment to nature is key to achieve our mission in the long term. Danone business is located at the heart of the food chain. The group’s activity extends from the production of agricultural raw materials and the use of water all the way to product  end of life, and includes industrial processing, packaging, transport and sales.

 

Nature at the heart of the food chain

We have set ourselves priorities as far as the environment is concerned. A company can not fight on all fronts but must choose. Thus, we have identified 4 areas where our environmental impact is key, perfectly in tune with our 4 business lines, the products we offer consumers and more deeply our culture, our dual ecological and social project. They are perfectly consistent with our DNA but also with current global issues of a world in which we are evolving. If we can achieve these priorities accurately it will provide profitable and sustainable growth.

These 4 priorities are:

  • Fighting against climate change by reducing Danone’s footprint and helping nature sequester more carbon.
  • Protecting our natural resources especially where they are scarce, using them in harmony with local communities and ecosystems, and shrinking our water footprint
  • Transforming waste into a resource and use materials made from sustainable resources
  • Promoting agriculture that produces a healthy and balanced food supply, is competitive, creates economic and social value and respects natural ecosystems

In 2008 Danone had set the ambitious goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30%. This ambitious goal was more than exceeded thanks to the ongoing commitment of Danone’s teams and of the Group’s partners participating in this policy. The reduction from 2008 through end-2013 reached 37.4% (on a like-for-like basis).

The current goal is to achieve a greater than 50% reduction by 2020, and to stabilize CO2 emissions while continuing sales growth, for a scope representing 6.6 million metric tons equivalent CO2.