Global Issues

Decoupling economic growth from natural resource use is fundamental to sustainable development. Achieving this SDG implies promoting sustainable business practices and consumer behaviour; and to address challenges linked to air, soil and water pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals. In addition, more than a billion of tons of food keeps on being lost or wasted per year.


SDG 12 Targets to which Danone Contributes

Source: United Nations

  • Target 12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
  • Target 12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.
  • Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
  • Target 12.6: Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle. 
  • Target 12.7: Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
  • Target 12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.


Related Business Themes Relevant for Danone

Source: SDG Compass

  • Sustainable sourcing
  • Resource efficiency of products and services
  • Material recycling
  • Procurement recycling
  • Product and service information and labeling


Danone Engagement on SDG 12

Danone is engaged on SDG 12 as a major focus

At Danone, our long standing dual commitment to business success and social progress is deeply embedded in our company culture. We strive to create and share sustainable value for all, through products and practices that support our journey toward strong , profitable, sustainable  growth. We have a clear point of view that the health of people and the health of the planet are intimately interdependent and reconnecting the two is equally critical. To sum it all up, we have adopted a  new company signature: ‘One Planet. One Health’ which is a sign of commitment by Danone as a company, by each of our employee, and by each of our brands to stand by the food sovereignty of people and therefore foster responsible consumption and production.

Danone overall ambition to be certified as a B-Corp

Our ambition to become a Certified B-Corp is probably the best expression of our long-term commitment to create and share sustainable value for all. In today’s world, big companies and their brands are fundamentally challenged as to whose interest they really serve. B-Corp certification is a mark of trust for companies demonstrating high standards of social and environmental performance. Today, 8 Danone subsidiaries in different geographies and approximately 30% of our total revenues is already certified: our ambition is to be amongst the first global company to be certified as a B-Corp, which will be a clear recognition of our engagement behind sustainable and responsible consumption.

Danone commitment to advance circular economy and eliminate waste

Circular economy, especially when it comes to plastic, water or milk, is a major game changer. We want embrace it to protect, fuel and grow our business. Circular economy objectives are embedded into our Cycles & Procurement organisation which has set dedicated teams to advance the circular economy of Plastic, Water and Milk.


Packaging is essential to ensure food safety and to reduce food waste. But it also represents an environmental challenge. Pooling expertise and resources with partners across the food and drinks industry, we have committed in our 2016 Packaging Policyto co-build the circular economy of packaging, sourcing sustainable materials and co-creating a second life for all plastics.
Objectives of our packaging policy include:

  • Use sustainable resources such as bio-based materials or rPET (target: use 25% rPET in Waters division plastic bottle by 2020, 100% Paper & Board recycled or virgin FSC certified by 2020)
  • Optimize weight and move towards 100% “circular-by-design”
  • Zero plastics to landfill for our industrial waste
  • Innovate to ease life of consumers and engage them to sort and recycle
  • Co-create a second-life for all plastics in top 10 priority countries

Food Waste:

Danone is also working to strengthen the circular economy by reducing food waste as much as possible. Food Waste is a major global issue and as a food manufacturer we have committed in the context of Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) to play our part and reduce food waste and maximize its recovery within Danone Operations by 50% by 2025 (2016 baseline).

Engaging our brands and consumers into the transformational journey of responsible and meaningful consumption

People are craving for change when it comes to their food. At Danone, we believe that each time we eat and drink we can vote for the world we want. This is why we aim to build purpose driven brands – what we call manifesto brands - that will act as true activists towards their point of view, not only delivering an exciting experience to people, but also committing to create a positive impact on health, planet and society.

  • Organic plays a particular role in our products offer.The WhiteWave acquisition expanded our existing portfolio and positioned Danone as a global leader in organic and plant-based products, leveraging our commitment to offer consumers healthier, sustainable great-tasting options. Our new organic brands include Horizon premium dairy range and Happy Family baby food  brand in the US and Les 2 Vaches organic dairy brand in France.
  • Dannon in the US had already converted in 2017 2 of its flagship brands to non-GMO project certification and gives consumers the power to choose by disclosing in a transparent way on product label the presence of any GMO ingredients.

Danone integration of sustainability in its business practices and reporting cycle

  • The Danone Way Guidelines (263 business practices) enable teams to implement sustainability practices throughout Danone subsidiaries. The guidelines are updated every year to help subsidiaries achieve Danone's sustainability targets. Subsidiaries, together with in-house experts from each strategic theme, conduct a yearly self-assessment which entitles them to an individualized scorecard. In 2017, the subsidiaries which took part of Danone Way represented 83.9% of Danone's turnover
  • Extensive information concerning Danone’s strategy and performance with regard to Sustainable Development can be found in the present Danone’s Annual Integrated Report available online. Practices and quantitative results are described there, based in particular on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4) indicators, the Global Compact and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Danone 2017 Key Performance Indicators


subsidiaries certified B Corp by 2018


of recycled PET in the Waters Division (excluding countries where it is not allowed)


approximately of Danone’s global business is covered by B Corp certification

- 10.7%

intensity reduction on non recovered food waste (on a like for like basis)


flagships US brands non-GMO project certified by 2018: Oikos, Danimals and Dannon

Danone Partnerships (SDG 17)

  • End of 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).
  • In January 2017, Danone has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as ninth Global Partner to advance circular economy (learn more).
  • Danone co-created the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance with the World Wildlife Fund to encourage responsible development of plastics made from bio-sourced materials, helping build a more sustainable future for the bio-plastics industry (learn more).
  • In 2017 Danone and Nestlé Waters have joined forces with Origin Materials, a Californian research and development company, to form the Natur’ALL Bottle Alliance. Their aim is to be the first to commercialize 100% bio-based and recyclable PET bottles (learn more).
  • Danone is a member of the AIM-Progress forum, which contributes to continuous improvement in sustainable purchasing across its industry, and is an active member of the Consumer Goods Forum (learn more).