External Evaluations

Danone’s commitments and achievements regarding its sustainability priorities are externally assessed.

 

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings, which assess us on our overall sustainability strategy (MSCI, Vigeo-Eiris, Sustainalytics...), address mainly financial audience whereas thematic rankings, which assess us on specific topics such as nutrition and health issues (ATNI), climate change (CDP) or gender equality (Bloomberg Gender Equality Index), address a broader scope of stakeholders.

 

Today there are several ratings and rankings in which we take part, but we cannot actively participate in all of them. We have therefore prioritized our participation according to the following criteria:

 

  • Their relevance in regard to our strategic priorities and commitments.
  • The robustness of their approach and methodology as well as their expertise on the topics they deal with. They represent external proofpoints for the stakeholders they target.
  • The efficient allocation of our resources which should not prevent us from focusing our efforts on our priorities and our performance.
  • Their rating process which provide us with insights enabling us to improve our performance and strategic focus.
  • The assessment of our main competitors and industry peers, allowing our stakeholders to compare and benchmark.

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Since the latest evaluation of food and beverage sector’s companies by the extra-financial rating agency Vigeo-Eiris, as of July 2021, Danone was given the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) score of 76/100, achieving a sector-leading score (Vigeo Eiris' Global Food Universe), and is considered as an “advanced performer”. In addition, since their latest update in December 2019, Danone has been included in the ESI Excellence Europe, ESI Excellence Global, Euronext Vigeo Eiris Europe 120, Euronext Vigeo Eiris Eurozone 120, Euronext Vigeo Eiris France 20 and Euronext Vigeo World 120.

 

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As of November 2021, Danone was recognized as the sector-leader* - within the Industry of Food Products - in Low-Risk profile.

Sustainalytics identify the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and understand their magnitude. The rating is based on the exposure and the management of those risks within the companies.

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Danone remains a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series following the July 2021 index review.

FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that Danone has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.

 

 


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For the third year in a row, Danone has been highlighted as a world environmental leader with triple ‘A’ score given by the international non-profit organization CDP, whose disclosure and scoring system is recognized as the leading standard of corporate environmental transparency.

Out of the nearly 12,000 companies scored in 2021, Danone is one of the only 14 companies that achieved a place on the A List for the three environmental areas covered by CDP: climate change, forest preservation and water security.

Danone’s inclusion once again this year in this A list for each of the three aeras is a strong recognition of its environmental actions, and progress towards its ambition of reaching net-zero emissions across its full value chain by 2050.

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After being one of ten companies worldwide to receive the CDP AAA score in 2020, Danone has been recognized for its supplier engagement on climate change and officially named to the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard. Danone is among the top 7% companies worldwide for supplier engagement on climate change.

Launched in October 2007 by the Carbon Disclosure Project, the initiative focuses on controlling and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the whole supply chain. Member companies send their suppliers a specific survey to gather information on their greenhouse gas emissions and the actions taken to consider climate change more effectively. The aim is to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain and to encourage their suppliers to adopt more responsible practices.

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Danone is one of 418 companies across 45 countries and regions to be part of the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), a modified market capitalization-weighted index that aims to track the performance of public companies committed to transparency in gender-data reporting.

This reference index measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership & talent pipeline, equal pay & gender pay parity, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand. Those included in this year’s index scored at or above a global threshold established by Bloomberg to reflect disclosure and the achievement or adoption of best-in-class statistics and policies.

 


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As of 2021, Danone received a rating of AAA (on a scale of AAA-CCC) in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment.

MSCI ESG Research provides MSCI ESG Ratings on global public and a few private companies on a scale of AAA (leader) to CCC (laggard), according to exposure to industry-specific ESG risks and the ability to manage those risks relative to peers.

THE USE BY DANONE OF ANY MSCI ESG RESEARCH LLC OR ITS AFFILIATES (“MSCI”) DATA, AND THE USE OF MSCI LOGOS, TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS OR INDEX NAMES HEREIN, DO NOT CONSTITUTE A SPONSORSHIP, ENDORSEMENT, RECOMMENDATION, OR PROMOTION OF DANONE BY MSCI.  MSCI SERVICES AND DATA ARE THE PROPERTY OF MSCI OR ITS INFORMATION PROVIDERS, AND ARE PROVIDED ‘AS-IS’ AND WITHOUT WARRANTY.  MSCI NAMES AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OR SERVICE MARKS OF MSCI.

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In June 2019, Danone was awarded with the “Prime” Status by the ISS ESG Corporate Rating, which evaluates companies’ Corporate Responsibility performance using a comprehensive and mainly industry specific approach.

Danone obtained a B- rating and was particularly well rated in terms of equal opportunities and non-discrimination, climate change strategy, energy and water efficiency, and community involvement. Danone positioned itself among the industry leaders.

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In July 2021, Danone was recognized by S&P as a benchmark company in the food and beverage sector, particularly in terms of climate strategy, packaging and water related risks. In 2021, Danone scored 85/100 for its previous year performance.


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Since 2015, Danone has become a part of BBFAW (a Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare).

In 2019, Danone was ranked in the Tier 2 of the Benchmark, recognizing the work done with our farmers to improve animal welfare practices.

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Danone is also included in the Ethibel Index, which provides potential investors with an overview of companies that are leaders in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.

Danone has been reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe and the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Global since 08/05/2020.

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Danone is among the top 5 performing companies.

On June 2021, the fourth edition of the Global Access to Nutrition Index was released by the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF)*. This edition ranked Danone among the top 5 performing food companies. Danone is ranked first in the Breast-milk Substitutes Marketing sub-ranking and in the Product Profile sub-ranking as well. 

*The ATNI assesses major food and beverages companies on their nutrition-related performance every two years.


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Equileap 2022 Gender Equality Report & Ranking is an independent, specialized data provider with a broad scope of gender metrics and analyses over 3,500 public companies. In 2022, Danone progressed from 26th to 13th place at global level.

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As of September 2021, Danone scored 63.6/100 on Sustainable Developpment Goal performance under the World Benchmarking Alliance recognition.

In addition, Danone ranked first in the FBA Environnment Pillar and third in the Food and Agriculture benchmark.