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Engagement of Danone: Major Focus


Currently, water stress affects more than 2 billion people around the world, a figure that is projected to rise. Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Holistic management of the water cycle means taking into account the level of “water stress”, calculated as the ratio of total fresh water withdrawn by all major sectors to the total renewable fresh water resources in a particular country or region. Already, water stress affects countries on every continent and hinders the sustainability of natural resources, as well as economic and social development. Integrated water resources management aims to address this urgent situation.


Source: United Nations

  • Target 6.1: By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
  • Target 6.2: By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.
  • Target 6.3: By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.
  • Target 6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.
  • Target 6.5: By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate.
  • Target 6.6: By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes.


Source: SDG Compass

  • Improved water efficiency through application of 5R principles: reduce, reuse, recover, recycle, replenish
  • Equal, affordable, and safe access to water, sanitation, and hygiene for employees and communities
  • Protection of water-related ecosystems and biodiversity


Danone is engaged on SDG 6 as a major focus

Danone is committed to protecting water, a vital and increasingly scarce resource, by working with partners to strengthen the water cycle at the local level and adopting sustainable practices across our value chain. Sustainable water use is a major focus for Danone, whether it involves the direct use of this resource in our products and production processes or its use in the supply chain.

We established an overall and systematic assessment process for water risks that takes into account physical, regulatory and reputational risks. It is based on a two-step process: (i) identification of at-risk geographic regions and anticipation of changes over the medium term using the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas of the World Resources Institute; then (ii) identification of water risks at the level of the operating sites with the Water Risk Filter (WRF) developed by the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature, international non-governmental organization. This process makes it possible to obtain a water risk map and identify sites that present potentially major risks.

Since 2018, we also extended the identification of water risks to our value chain using the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas. We began our assessment with the supply chain for fresh liquid milk. This analysis covered more than 20 countries, involved more than 8,000 collection centers and farmers and is based on projected changes to water stress through 2030. It enabled us to establish a detailed map of milk suppliers and farmers dealing with challenges of resource availability. In 2019, the identification of water risks was also implemented for other Danone’s agricultural commodities.

Today, these efforts provide us with a detailed view of the water footprint of our activities and those of our supply chain.

Based on the findings of these efforts, we structured our water strategy based on three key objectives covering Danone’s entire value chain:

  • preserve and restore water resources in agriculture and watersheds;
  • ensure that not a drop is wasted in operations;
  • enable access to water


Preserve and restore water resources in agriculture and watersheds

Danone’s goal is to protect watersheds and their natural ecosystems to ensure the sustainability of water resources where we operate, especially in water-stressed areas. We will keep protecting water-related ecosystems, such as wetlands, with targeted investment and by working locally with stakeholders to implement activities tailored to the local context.

To assess our management of groundwater resources, we use the “Sustainable Protection and Resource Managing” method (or SPRING method) developed with our partners. By the end of 2017, we had conducted SPRING audits in 100% of the Waters Business’ mineral waters sites.

We also work with farmers, agricultural communities and our key suppliers to develop and promote sustainable agriculture practices that maximise water efficiency and preserve its quality, especially within our water funds where agriculture is one of the main activities. When it comes to water use in agriculture which is part of our extended supply chain, we address it through our regenerative agriculture approach where we work with our farmers partners to develop sustainable farming models that are competitive, inclusive and resilient.


Ensure that not a drop is wasted in operations

Our immediate priority wherever we use water is to improve the efficiency of water use and reduce the impact of industrial processes on its quality. Our goal is to manage water quality and quantity risks at the watershed level and return all wastewater to natural ecosystems clean.

Since 2018, our Global Risk Evaluation for Environment (GREEN) audit framework includes a water risk assessment based on the Water Risk Filter (see above) to evaluate and better anticipate the risks linked to our use of water and put in place the proper action plan answering to local context issues. Water Risk Filters will be conducted in 100% of Danone's production sites. For the sites identified the most at risk, the Company has introduced the GEMI Local Water Tool (LWT) –an advanced risk assessment and mitigation plan development system– to improve how it manages and mitigates water risks, which can vary from one site to the next.

Furthermore, Danone has committed to reduce its water usage in operations by 60% by 2020 in intensity.


Enabling water access in the communities where we operate

Danone aims to have all its employees around the world to have access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in their workplace. It is an essential condition for employees' health and well-being and to operate in the best condition in our production sites and offices.

Danone also supports social-entrepreneurs through Danone Communities fund to provide access to safe drinking water to their communities with a reach of more than 5 million beneficiaries worldwide in 2019. 


‘WEACTFORWATER’, the collective of Danone’s water brands taking major steps to tackle global water challenges and water access in the communities where we operate

Deployed by Danone’s iconic water brands, including evian, Volvic, AQUA and Bonafont, ‘WeActForWater’ is a set of urgent actions, ambitious objectives, and new investments: 

  1. Halving the amount of virgin plastic used by the water brands, reaching 50% recycled PET use worldwide and 100% across Europe in 2025; 
  2. Accelerating towards carbon neutrality in Europe by 2025, with evian and Volvic becoming carbon neutral this year;
  3. Matching every liter of water sold with a liter for people in need, by creating a fund to help 50M people in developing countries access safe drinking water by 2030;
  4. Enhancing watershed and wetlands preservation around the world; 
  5. Expecting the collective of its water brands to achieve B Corp certification worldwide by 2022.

For more information on the collective’s commitments, see the dedicated page to our Waters Business Strategy.





of reduction of water consumption intensity in production (in m3/Tons of products) (Baseline 2000).


of the Waters Business sites have run SPRING audits.

> 5,000,000

beneficiaries with access to drinking water supported by Danone Communities fund.


  • 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.


  • SDG 1: No Poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumtion and Production
  • SDG 14: Life Below Water
  • SDG 15: Life on Land