Health, a historical value for Danone
Last update: july 2011
:: Danone was born from the belief that nutrition is the essential means by which man can build and preserve his health.
Delivering health through nutrition to as many people as possible: that is the mission which guides the Danone teams on an everyday basis. Their job consists in offering tasty and balanced food products which deliver a health benefit to a large number of consumers and are adapted to their markets’ specific public health concerns. In order to do his, Danone relies on the know-how of its Research & Development teams. In 2010, research conducted by Danone (in some instances, in partnership with renowned institutions and universities) has helped improve our understanding of nutritional quality as well as advance the science of nutrition in key areas such as the genome of the intestinal flora (also known as the microbiote), the effects of germs on health and the relationships between hydration, health and well-being. Our scientific investigations confirm that people’s nutritional needs vary with age - babies, children, adolescents, adults and old people have different requirements - sex and their physiological state (pregnancy, metabolic deficiency, chronic illness, old age, etc.). Thanks to the complementarity of its four activities, which cover the nutritional needs of all age-groups, Danone can effectively investigate this vast area.
Danone has adopted a health governance approach that takes public health and nutrition issues into account. Piloted by the group’s Nutrition & Health Committee, it is based on three principles, which are already at work in all our subsidiaries: a rigorous scientific approach, self-discipline and continuous consultation of all parties involved, at a national, regional and international level.