Global Issues

To ensure a sustainable development, we must conserve and use sustainably the oceans, seas and marine resources. The increasingly adverse impacts of climate change (including ocean acidification), overfishing and marine pollution are jeopardizing recent gains in protecting portions of the world’s oceans.

 

SDG 14 Targets to which Danone Contributes

Source: United Nations

  • Target 14.1: By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.

 

Related Business Themes Relevant for Danone

Source: SDG Compass

  • Environmental investments
  • Spills
  • Sustainable sourcing
  • Water discharge to oceans

 

Danone Engagement on SDG 14

Danone is engaged on SDG 14 as a commitment

According to World Economic Forum New Plastics Economy report, 40 percent of the plastic used worldwide is still disposed of in landfill. Approximately 10–20 million tons of plastic a year end up in the oceans with all the negative impacts on marine biodiversity that it can cause. This is an unsustainable impact for packaging and great efforts worldwide are already underway to close that loop.
We strive to be a game-changer to foster positive solutions for the planet. We commit to enhance the circular economy of packaging and more specifically of plastic. Packaging has become part of life and every day, billions of products are stored, transported and used safely and easily thanks to the packaging designed to protect products. But packaging also uses valuable resources and can generate waste when not recycled.

Danone has committed to take its part and Danone’s Packaging Policy, published in 2016, reaffirmed  our ambition to “co-build the packaging circular economy by sourcing sustainable materials and creating a second life for all plastics.”
Our strategy is to promote the circular economy of packaging by supporting the development of processes and systems that turn waste into resources. Our strategy is based on 5 commitments that span the cycle of our packaging from the choice of raw materials upstream to consumer behaviors downstream (learn more):

  • Use sustainable resources such as biobased materials or rPET (target : use 25% rPET in Water plastic bottle 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

Danone is co-creating dedicated initiatives with relevant stakeholders at local level (such as governments, peers, waste-pickers and waste professionals) and international level (funding organizations and NGOs involved in fostering circular economy and preventing marine littering such as the Ocean Conservancy or the Ellen MacArthur Foundation) to launch scalable ‘packaging second-life’ initiatives. In 2018 Danone will update its packaging commitments to continue accelerate the circular economy of plastic and prevent waste from landing in oceans.

 

Danone 2017 Key Performance Indicators

14%

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

9

countries in which Danone has developped a roadmap to create a second life for all plastic

91%

of post-industrial packaging waste diverted from landfill

Danone Partnerships (SDG 17)

  • 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 would like to integrate circular economy principles into its operations to an even greater extent.
  • Evian will take part 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.