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SDG 17: PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

 

STRENGTHEN THE MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION AND REVITALIZE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT  

 

Engagement of Danone: Major Focus

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 1

  • Poverty & Entreprise Action Tank: is a program in HEC Business School co-created by Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone and Martin Hirsch, former head of Emmaüs France, that acts to develop and implement innovative economic models aiming at contributing to a more inclusive economy, in France, other developed countries as well as in developing countries and facilitating the emergence of new economic models based on the principles of social business (learn more).
  • The Livelihoods funds have been created by private companies to generate social, environmental and economic impact in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Livelihoods funds link private companies, NGOs, public institutions and experts such as the French Development Agency (AFD). It builds public-private coalitions to develop projects generating value for all. The Livelihoods Family Farming Fund aims at improving the lives of smallholders and promoting farming practices which are more respectful of the environment (learn more).
  • Danone and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have partnered and joined their forces with Livelihoods Funds and the Danone Ecosystem Fund to develop disruptive business solutions that boost economic growth in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The three-year strategic partnership signed in 2017 promotes sustainable, inclusive development initiatives in the region harnessing Danone’s food chain as well as with implementing partners, Livelihoods Funds and the Danone Ecosystem Fund, while also empowering local communities, and protecting the environment (learn more).

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 2

  • Danone spearheaded the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) coalition with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) which was launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2019 and aims to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity. Twenty companies had signed on by the end of 2019 (learn more).
  • Danone has signed an agreement with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve global nutrition, encourage more diverse and healthier diets, and promote responsible farming.
  • Danone works with numerous partners to promote a better unders­tanding of agricultural practices that help protect soil health. For example, since 2018 Danone North America has worked with researchers from Cornell University’s carbon sequestration cen­ter in order to identify ways to regenerate soils and enhance their carbon content.
  • Danone is working in collaboration with the Global Research Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) platform, to participate in studies looking to scientifically analyze the methods used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in dairy farms, for all the sector’s stakeholders.

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 3

 

  • In 2019, Danone opened the access to its historical collection of 1,800 strains marking 100 years since the creation of its first yogurt. 
  • In 2019, Danone has cooperated with the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) to advance the understanding of the connection between the diet and human gut.  
  • Starting from July 2018, Danone is and will be co-chairing the International Food and Beverage Alliance for a 2-year mandate. Danone supports the alliance’s commitment to restrict advertising directed towards children under 12 only to products meeting common nutrition criteria based on scientifically recognized guidelines. Members also undertake not to advertize food products or drinks in primary schools (learn more).
  • Danone participates in the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FreSH) led by the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) and the EAT Food Foundation. This initiative tackle both changes needed in dietary habits while taking into account environmental challenges.
  • The Danone Institute International gathers a network of 15 Danone Institutes (14 local Institutes and 1 International). The Danone Institute International, with the support of its global network, undertake specific activities in the field of nutrition research, education and training. The Danone Institutes are present in 16 countries and gather around 200 experts around the world (nutritionists, pediatricians, gastroenterologists, scientists, sociologists…). All Danone Institutes are non-profit organizations, dedicated to non-commercial activities (learn more).
  • The Collaboration for Healthier Lives working group, co-chaired by Danone and Walmart, oversees the design and execution of several collaborative models to help us learn more about how retailers and manufacturers can jointly create healthier practices and customers live healthier, as well as work collaboratively with public health authorities (learn more).

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 5

  • In 2019, Danone received the GEEIS-SDG (Gender Equality European and International Standard-Sustainable Development Goals) trophy of the Arborus Foundation at the United Nations headquarters for the "Social School for Women Empowerment” project launched with the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund and that is continuing with Danone Spain and Fundación Ana Bella. The project helps women escape domestic violence and rejoin the labor force by supporting a sales and nutrition training program.
  • In 2018, Danone joined the LEAD Network (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) whose aim is to attract, retain and advance women in retail and consumer goods industry in Europe (learn more).
  • HeForShe names Danone "Inaugural Thematic Champion" for parental policy: HeForShe is a global UN Women campaign launched in 2014 that aims at empowering women with the support of men. The campaign empowers leaders from 3 different sectors as IMPACT champions, i.e., country, corporate and university leaders. As an IMPACT Champion, Danone is committed to parental support, with a secondary focus on increasing the representation of women in senior leadership and mobilizing resources to promote gender equality. In recognition of the expected impact of this gender equality policy, Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber has been named “Inaugural Thematic Champion” by the UN Women HeForShe movement (learn more).
  • EVE: Danone pioneered the concept in partnership with Crédit Agricole S.A., KPMG, L’Oréal, SNCF, Orange and Caisse des Dépôts Group, but sessions are open to any company interested in the issue and the approach. All partners share the same vision, and have chosen to encourage women to advance within their organization.Danone has co-partnered with L’Oréal to organize EVE Program in Africa in December 2017 an event to celebrate the rising of women in the  companies (learn more).

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 6

  • Danone and the Convention of Wetlands Protection - Ramsar have been partnering for 20 years raising awareness on the importance of wetlands and supporting intergrated watershed management at the local level with the design of specific tools as the SPRING tool. Two Danone's sites have been recognized of national importance by the Ramsar Convention: Evian (France) and The Villavicencio site (Argentina).
  • Danone is partnering with the CEO Water Mandate (part of United Nations Global Compact) in order to pilot context-based targets initiatives and to synergize water and climate externalities.
  • The Nature Conservancy and Danone are partnering to develop new water fund models aiming to strenghten integrated watershed management at the local level through 3 mechanisms: financing, governance and implementing ones.
  • Danone AQUA (Indonesia) is partnering with World Business Council for Sustainable Development to support its efforts on Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at workplace among others.

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 7

  • In December 2017, Danone joined the RE100 initiative, a global and collaborative initiative that includes more than 100 influential companies committed to 100% renewable electricity. RE100 is an initiative of the Climate Group in partnership with Carbon Disclosure Project (learn more).
  • The Livelihoods Carbon Fund (LCF) was launched in 2011 by 10 investors: Danone, Schneider Electric, Crédit Agricole S.A, Michelin, Hermès, SAP, Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, La Poste, Firmenich, Voyageurs du Monde. LCF leverages the carbon economy to finance ecosystem restoration, agroforestry and rural energy projects to improve food security for rural communities and increase farmers’ revenues (learn more).

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 8

  • Started in 2018, the Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) initiative led by Danone with the OECD to promote inclusive growth resulted in the launch of a coalition of international companies at the G7 in Biarritz in August 2019. The members of this coalition (40 at the end of 2019) signed a pledge to demonstrate their commitment to fighting inequalities and promoting inclusive growth (learn more).
  • In 2016, the IUF and Danone signed a ground-breaking Agreement on Sustainable Employment and Access to Rights built around a joint commitment to promote "permanent, direct employment as an essential foundation for a sustainable business anchored in respect (learn more).
  • Danone and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have partnered and joined their forces with Livelihoods Funds and the Danone Ecosystem Fund to develop disruptive business solutions that boost economic growth in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The three-year strategic partnership will promote sustainable, inclusive development initiatives in the region harnessing Danone’s value chain as well as with implementing partners, Livelihoods Funds and the Danone Ecosystem Fund, while also empowering local communities, and protecting the environment (learn more).
  • In 2016, Danone joined the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) initiative aimed at eliminating forced labor in global supply chains (learn more).
  • Danone is an active member of the HeForShe movement and LEAD network (see SDG 5 section).

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 12

  • Danone spearheaded the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) coalition with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) which was launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2019 and aims to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity. Twenty companies had signed on by the end of 2019 (learn more).
  • Since 2015, Danone partnered with B Lab® with an aim to accelerate the process for large, publicly listed multinationals to measure and contribute to what matters (learn more).
  • Danone participated in the beta-testing of the SDG Action Manager which was developed by the United Nation Global Compact (UNGC) and Blab® (learn more).
  • In January 2017, Danone has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as ninth Global Partner to advance circular economy (learn more).
  • In 2017, Danone forged a partnership with LOOP Industries. LOOP has developed a ground-breaking technology that enables a continuous loop for recycling at large scale, transforming all types of PET waste into high quality plastic (learn more).
  • Danone participates in the global purchasing system LoopTM in partnership with Terracycle, providing consumers with access to a variety of products in personalized, sustainable packaging that are collected, cleaned, filled and reused (learn more).

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 13

  • In 2019, Danone pledged to define targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with a 1.5°Celsius climate scenario, heeding the call of the UN Global Compact and initiatives of Science-Based Targets and We Mean Business. Danone is currently working on these new reduction targets with the SBT initiative.
  • In 2018, Danone partnered with UNITAR to develop through 'UN CC:Learn' a learning program on climate change for Danone employees. This partnership nourishes the global ambition of the company to empower its teams so that they can drive sustainable change (learn more).
  • The Livelihoods Carbon Fund: Danone initiated and invited other companies to establish the Livelihoods Fund which brings together Danone with nine companies to invest in large projects that contribute to mitigating climate change by sequestering large volumes of carbon in forests and natural ecosystems, and improving the well-being of local populations (learn more).
  • By joining forces with '4 per 1000', Danone aims to broaden these efforts and expand collaboration with experts, NGOs, governments and private companies. Launched by the French government in 2015, during the COP21, '4 per 1000' is an international platform to catalyze collaboration on soil health and soil carbon sequestration among different stakeholders (learn more).

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 14

  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation : In 2017, Danone announced it was strengthening its commitment to a circular economy through a 3 year partnership that aimed at accelerating the transition to a circular economy. By becoming the Foundation’s ninth partner, Danone aims to integrate circular economy principles into its operations to an even greater extent. We continue to work actively with the EMF to promote the circular economy (learn more).
  • In 2017, Danone forged a partnership with LOOP Industries. LOOP has developed a ground-breaking technology that enables a continuous loop for recycling at large scale, transforming all types of PET waste into high quality plastic (learn more).
  • Evian participates in a research mission with The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit start up that has developed scalable advanced technologies to help rid the oceans of plastic. In 2019, the Aqua subsidiary joined the pilot project launched in Indonesia.
  • In 2019, Danone committed to investing USD 15 million over five years in the Circulate Capital fund for the large-scale development of recycling and circular economy infrastructure in Southern and South-East Asia (learn more).

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 15

  • Danone spearheaded the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) coalition with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) which was launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2019 and aims to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity. Twenty companies had signed on by the end of 2019 (learn more).
  • Danone is leading the global business coalition “Farming for Generations” which aims to identify best practices and innovations across different farming models, farm sizes and geographies (learn more).
  • In May 2014, Danone joined The Forest Trust (TFT), an international non-profit organization that works with businesses to place environmentally and socially responsible products on the market.
  • Danone has been member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2011.
  • Danone is a founding member of the Support Asia For Sustainable Palm Oil (SASPO), created in 2016.
  • Danone supports the principles of "The Palm Oil Innovation Group" (POIG) and signed-up the Charter for Retailers and Manufacturers. POIG brings together leading NGOs with palm oil producing companies, brands and other actors in the supply chain to share and develop leading practices to ensure that responsible palm oil becomes available in the market place.
  • Danone is a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy and has signed the Cerrado Manifesto, a call for action to stop deforestation and vegetation loss in Brazil's Cerrado.     

PARTNERSHIPS SDG 16

  • 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.