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 implements policies and procedures applicable to all employees and business partners, including:

  • the Code of Business Conduct based on principles defined in the following references: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization; guiding principles of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for multinational companies; the Global Compact on human rights, labor rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption.
  • the Integrity Policy describing expectations on various positions and particularly on managers, Executive Committee members, and Heads of Human Resources and Public Affairs. It also provides definitions of the different types of corruption and applicable policies. 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 Code of Conduct for Business Partners introduced to ensure that they comply with applicable anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, unfair competition and international trade laws and regulations.
  • the Unfair Competition Policy to ensure fair competition behavior between the sector’s various stakeholders and compliance with competition laws and regulations.

The Danone Ethics Line: Danone has introduced a whistleblowing system whereby employees, suppliers and other third parties may confidentially report any suspicions of fraud, corruption or other cases of non-compliance.

Inclusive decision making

As a founding act for its goals, Danone is launching ‘One Person, One Voice, One Share’, an innovative employee engagement program and governance model for all of its 100,000 employees to co-own the company agenda, actively participate in defining roadmaps to bring the goals to life, and deepen their ownership mindset (learn more).


Examples of Danone's Initiatives

Danone 2017 Key Performance Indicators


alerts received through Danone Ethics Line


out of 188 alerts had a significant impact on Danone's consolidated accounts


supplier registrations on Sedex Platform (RESPECT scope)

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 (learn more).