SDG 16 Icon - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 16: PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

 

PROMOTE PEACEFUL AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, PROVIDE ACESS TO JUSTICE FOR ALL AND BUILD EFFECTIVE, ACCOUNTABLE AND INCLUSIVE INSTITUTIONS AT ALL LEVELS 

 

Engagement of Danone: Commitment

GLOBAL ISSUES

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels are key stakes to ensure a sustainable development at global scale. Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion keeps on  embezzle billions every year. In addition, various forms of violence against children and adults persist.

SDG 16 TARGETS TO WHICH DANONE CONTRIBUTES

Source: United Nations

  • Target 16.5: Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
  • Target 16.7: Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.

RELATED BUSINESS THEMES RELEVANT FOR DANONE

Source: SDG Compass

  • Effective, accountable and transparent governance
  • Compliance with laws and regulations
  • Anti-corruption
  • Public access to information
  • Inclusive decision making

DANONE ENGAGEMENT ON SDG 16

Danone is engaged on SDG 16 as a commitment

 

Danone Responsible Practices

Responsible business practices are critical to achieve Danone's mission. Danone's Compliance Program is a condition of success for our dual project: it is a precondition for fair and open markets, sustainable profitable growth and thus both for business success and healthy societies.  It helps implement a culture of compliance and reduce related risks. Beyond the fight against bribery and corruption, the program encourages exemplary behaviors in the areas of competition, economic sanctions and personal data protection.

To achieve this, Danone has developed and implemented policies and procedures applicable to all employees and business partners, including:

  • the Code of Business Conduct based on principles derived from the following references: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization; the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for multinational companies; the UN Global Compact on human rights, labor standards, the environment protection and anti-corruption.
  • the Integrity Policy sets out the rules and responsibilities with which each Danone employee must comply in relation to: bribery and corruption, gifts and hospitality, sponsorship and donations, fraud, money laundering, conflicts of interest, third party vetting and raising concerns. It describes expectations that must be met by specific functions such as Executive Committee members, general managers, and directors in human resources, public affairs, medecine and health care.
  • the Code of Conduct for Business Partners that ensures they comply with applicable laws and regulations on bribery and corruption, money laundering, unfair competition and international trade sanctions.
  • the Competition Policy to engage in fair competition on the merits in all our business activities in compliance with all applicable competition laws.
  • the International Trade Sanctions Policy to comply with trade, financial and other restrictions imposed by national governments and international bodies on certain sanctioned countries, entities and/or individuals.
  • the Personal Data Privacy Policy recognizes individuals’ fundamental right to privacy and protection of personal data. It defines commitments to processing personal data in a fair, lawful and transparent manner and establishes the rules and responsibilities that employees and any third parties that process personal data on Danone’s behalf must abide by when managing personal data.
  • the Health Care Systems (HCS) Compliance Directive, ensures that all interactions with health care professionals are conducted in an ethical, open, transparent and responsible manner and are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. It applies to all Danone employees worldwide, as well as third-party contractors who interact with health care systems.

Danone does not tolerate any non-compliance with these policies and which may lead to disciplinary measures. Such measures depend on the seriousness of the non-compliance and may include non-payment of a bonus, deferment of a promotion, suspension without pay and even dismissal.

The Danone Ethics Line

Danone has developed a confidential whistleblowing system for employees, suppliers and other third parties to report their concerns, anonymously if necessary, about any violation of the Code of Business Conduct, illegal behavior, inappropriate financial practice or activity posing an environmental or human rights risk. The tool can be accessed on the internet by anyone, in any country. When responding to alerts, Danone enforces a clear policy of not retaliating against whistleblowers if they report a genuine concern in line with the Code of Business Conduct.

Sustainability Principles for Business Partners

Danone also relies on the Sustainability Principles for Business Partners which cover labor rights, environmental protection and business ethics. These principles are also applicable to the company’s operations.

These principles are part of Danone’s responsible procurement program, RESPECT, and are incorporated into a clause in contracts with direct suppliers. Under this clause, the supplier warrants that the labor and ethical principles are already in place in its own organization, and that its employees, agents, suppliers and subcontractors comply with these as well. The supplier also undertakes to adopt the environmental principles.

Tax policy

The annual update and publication of Danone's Tax Policy underscores our commitment to responsible tax management and its pledge to avoid tax schemes that are artificial, fraudulent or disconnected from actual operations.
Danone has also implemented a code of conduct for internal use to prevent any risk of tax evasion: it defines the principles for action and the appropriate behaviors when dealing with the local authorities. Tax-related information and processes are also subject to internal audits.

Policy on advocacy activities

Danone’s policy on advocacy clearly describes the behaviors expected of employees who work with various stakeholders.
Danone does not pay any sums of money to individuals or organizations involved in politics to support their activities. As a result, no candidates or political parties receive funds or assets from the company.
The company interacts with governmental and non-governmental players as part of its dialogue with stakeholders and in the regular course of business. For example, we are listed in the registers of interest representatives of the European Union and of the French High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (Haute Autorité Française pour la Transparence de la Vie Publique, or HATVP).
Like all other company activities, Danone’s advocacy efforts must comply with the principles of business conduct and the integrity policy described above.

 

Inclusive decision making

As a founding act for our 2030 Goals, we launched in 2018 an innovative employee engagement program and governance model, ‘One Person, One Voice, One Share’, for all of our more than 100,000 employees, and established a new annual strategic routine. It is based on a global consultation that enables employees to share their views of the company’s priorities and on the definition of local and global roadmaps.

Every year, we select 26 volunteers around the world to share the voices of Danone’s 100,000 employees with members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee so that they gain further insight into employees’ needs and expectations, catalyze faster decision-making, drive innovation and empower our local teams to act and progress towards our 2030 Goals.

In 2019, we also granted every eligible employee one share in the company, which gives them the right to vote at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. It is combined with an annual dividend-based incentive scheme which, for the first year, delivered a payout of 40 times the dividend.

EXAMPLES OF DANONE'S INITIATIVES

DANONE 2019 KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

0 out of 355

alerts received through Danone Ethics Line had a significant impact on Danone's consolidated accounts.

90%

of employees took part in the second edition of our ‘One Voice’ consultation.

Around 41,000

of these employees volunteered to analyze the consultation’s results and insights.

DANONE PARTNERSHIPS (SDG 17)

  • Danone is member of the Consumer Goods Forum and signed the Social Resolution on Forced Labour in 2016 (learn more).
  • Danone supports the OECD led Base Erosion and Profit Shifting initiative (BEPS) and has contributed to it actively by providing input for business consultations.

RELATED SDGS

  • SDG 1: No Poverty
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

RELATED DANONE 2030 GOALS