Global Issues

Since 2000, advancements have been made on many health fronts. However, progress must be accelerated, in particular in regions with the highest burden of disease. A particular attention must also be given to maternal, newborn and child health, and to non-communicable diseases. Indeed, 38 million  people  die  each  year  from  non-communicable diseases (mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes). In addition, knowing that malnutrition is the single largest contributor to disease in the world, promoting and enabling a healthy alimentation for all is key to meet with this goal's expectations.

 

SDG 3 Targets to which Danone Contributes

Source: United Nations

  • Target 3.2: By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.
     
  • Target 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
     
  • Target 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

 

Related Business Themes Relevant for Danone

Source: SDG Compass

  • Support the delivery of health needs around the world through their products, services and business activities.
  • Ensure occupational health and safety practices and provision of employee benefits.

 

Danone Engagement on SDG 3

Danone is engaged on SDG 3 as a major focus

Our company mission is to" bring health through food to as many people as possible" and, in line with our commitment to social progress, we aim to promote healthier and drinking habits at every stage of life, starting from early childhood. And as a global company employing over 100,000 people in more than 120 countries, we believe that our health mission is starting within our company by supporting the health and well-being of our employees.

Our commitment to promote healthier eating and drinking habits to prevent non-communicable diseases

Today’s modern societies, because of more sedentary lifestyles and less healthy eating habits, are facing major public health issues. Obesity is the third largest social burden on our global society in combination with child and maternal undernutrition. Therefore, as a food multinational company with a social impact mission, we have committed to contribute to the health and wellbeing of society.  

Our strategy for a healthier alimentation is built around 3 pillars:

  • Better products: we continuously improve our products’ nutritional profile. To date, 88% of our products are fit for daily consumption and more than 20% of products are improved every year
  • Better choices: we build on our in-depth knowledge of local food cultures, food habits and public health challenges to innovate and actively promote healthier alternatives for better choices.
  • Better habits: beyond products, we will accelerate on current and new initiatives (programs and services) with partners to impact dietary habits positively.

This healthier alimentation strategy is reflected in Danone Nutrition Commitments released in 2016:

  • Commitment 1: We thrive to continuously improve the nutritional quality of our products. Target: By 2020, 100% of our products will reach our nutritional targets, which are based on our publicly available standards
  • Commitment 2: We constantly design healthier alternatives relevant for consumers. Target: By 2020, top Danone brands will contribute to providing healthier alternatives in consumers’ diet.
  • Commitment 3: We further reinforce our expertise on the understanding of local nutrition practices and public health contexts. Target: By 2020, in its top businesses, Danone will have implemented and published outcomes of research programs supported by local experts to understand eating and drinking habits and food cultures.
  • Commitment 4: We contribute to address local public health challenges on which Danone can have a most favorable impact through partnerships. Target: By 2020, Danone will have contributed to a local public health cause, with relevant actions and programs in the top 15 countries where it operates.
  • Commitment 5: We develop even more responsible marketing practices, especially to children. Target: By 2020, each country in which Danone operates will have disclosed and embedded a local comprehensive policy on responsible marketing practices. This will include our commitment regarding breast milk substitutes.
  • Commitment 6: We provide the most appropriate product labelling to encourage healthier practices. Target: By 2020, 100% of Danone products will display comprehensive nutritional information to guide consumers, in particular regarding portion guidance.

Our commitment to support health at every stage of life starting from pregnancy and early childhood

Nutrition in early life is crucial for growth and development, from the start of pregnancy, until the baby is two years old, in particular through breastfeeding and adapted nutrition. Through our Early Life Nutrition division, we aim to create high quality products, contributing to a healthy start in life for children worldwide.

The first 1,000 days, from conception up to two years old, are critical for lifelong health. The adequate provision of nutrients is crucial to ensure good physical and mental development of young children. Ensuring every mother and child receives adequate nutrition during this 1,000-day window can yield dividends for a lifetime, as a well-nourished child is better protected against disease and is likely to perform better in school. It also benefits society, by boosting productivity and improving economic prospects for families and communities. In reality, mothers and children are often not getting the nutrition they need and despite significant global progress against malnutrition in the last decade, an alarming number of pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and young children suffer from inappropriate, over- or undernutrition.

We believe we have a crucial role to play to ensure there is both awareness and understanding of the importance of nutrition in the first 1,000 days. As a leading company in nutrition and health, we are doing our utmost to provide mothers with the right nutritional support for themselves, their infants and young children to help provide the best start in life. We do this via our products and services, and through partnerships. Danone's pledge with regards to health and nutrition in the first 1,000 days is based on protecting and promoting breastfeeding and ensuring the best nutrition for infants, young children and mothers.

These 'Danone Commitments to Health and Nutrition in the first 1,000 days' are driving everything we do across our Early Life Nutrition division.

Our commitment to the health and well-being of our more than 100,000 employees

We are committed to give access to health, education and health care to each of our employee, everywhere accross the world.

  • 60% of Danone employees live in emerging countries where healthcare systems are often expensive to access: in 2010, Danone launched the Dan’Cares program with the goal of providing all Danone employees with quality healthcare coverage of major risks, while taking account of different market practices. The three main risks are hospitalization and surgery, outpatient care and maternity care. Dan’Cares’ specificity lies in its scope of application: it is destined to be rolled out in all Danone subsidiaries, including in countries where such coverage is not traditionally provided. As end of 2017, more than 70,000 employees in over 42 countries received healthcare coverage through Dan'Cares.
  • 62,802 employees have acess to an active “Health @ Work”, a health & wellness program for employees with at least one of the three aspects (Healthy Diet, Healthy Body and Healthy Mind) and Danone has trained a third of its employees in nutrition and/or hydration over the past two years.

 

Danone 2017 Key Performance Indicators

88%

of volumes sold in 2017 were in "healthy categories"

50%

of volume sold were fortified products

57

countries covered by Nutriplanet studies

70,000

employees in more than 42 countries having healthcare coverage in line with the standards defined by Dan'Cares

Danone Partnerships (SDG 17)

  • 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).
  • Since 2012, Danone Research signed a Partnership Agreement with Agropolis Foundation to support a research and training initiative on the theme “Food styles and new innovation approaches” (learn more).