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Responsible company practices

SAFE PRODUCTS AND RESPONSIBLE COMMUNICATION ARE VITAL IN BUILDING AND STRENGTHENING TRUST WITH OUR CONSUMERS AND STAKEHOLDERS

Bringing health through food does not only rely on healthier products and promoting healthier behaviors. Our mission also requires that our own business practices help to build a healthier future. Maintaining and building trust with our consumers and stakeholders is core to our ability to fulfil our mission. One way that trust can be preserved is by ensuring that we are responsible when communicating with our consumers – especially children – and to make food safety of our top priority everywhere and at all times.

FOOD SAFETY

It is paramount for us to create, manufacture and deliver products that do not compromise food safety. Our Food Safety Policy helps us make sure that products are compliant with local laws and regulations, as well as with stringent Danone Food Safety Compliance procedures at all times. Danone is also actively participating in the GFSI organization Global Food Safety Initiative to pioneer the latest research on food safety techniques and processes.

RESPONSIBLE MARKETING – ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN

Responsible marketing practices are extremely important in encouraging children to develop healthier behaviors. Our Fresh Dairy Products and Water divisions, have committed to complying with the prescriptions of the ICC Code (International Chamber of Commerce Code for Responsible Food and Beverage Communication) as well as local codes when these are more stringent. Our food for infants and Medical Nutrition comply with other specific and strict regulations for these target groups.

At Danone we have committed to limiting advertising aimed at children aged between 3 and 12 years old to those products which are tailored to their nutritional needs in line with public health priorities. To this end, Danone is member of local and regional pledges.

PRODUCT NUTRITION LABELLING

To promote healthier choices, product labelling is an important part of educating and communicating with our consumers. Our labels provide necessary information about safe and appropriate use of the products, as well as giving detailed nutrition information – even when there is no legal requirement to do so.

RESPONSIBLE MARKETING OF BREAST MILK SUBSTITUTES

Danone acknowledges the importance of the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant WHA resolutions. We actively support the WHO’s recommendation calling for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth and continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond, along with the introduction of safe and appropriate complementary foods. Danone works closely with many committed partners to mobilise more stakeholders to create awareness and promote the life-long benefits of the right nutrition during a child's first 1000 days.

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RESPECT PROGRAM FOR SUSTAINABLE SOURCING

Launched in 2005, our RESPECT program is expanding Danone’s dual commitment to business success and social progress throughout our entire supply chain—except for milk producers covered by the sustainable agriculture program FaRMS.


Through RESPECT program, all the direct suppliers of certain categories, such as raw ingredients, and bigger suppliers in other categories, such as Services & Goods, undergo a rigorous process of assessment of their social, environmental and ethical performance that increases reliability of the supply chain, conserves our planet's natural resources, and protects the people who work for and with us.


At Danone, we believe that what we do and how we do it are equally important—which is why we’ve put responsible, sustainable sourcing practices into place throughout our supply chain and made them an integral part of our strategy. We’re also a member of the AIM-Progress forum, which contributes to continuous improvement in sustainable purchasing across our industry, and are an active member of the Consumer Goods Forum.


Under Danone’s Sustainability Principles, we’ve structured the RESPECT program around social, environmental and ethical fundamentals that are built into our General Terms of Procurement and thus are included in all contracts.


Our objective is to close all non-conformities and improve the suppliers’ sustainability and ethical performance. Nevertheless, in some cases we see no alternative but to terminate the relationship with suppliers that refuse to collaborate.