At Danone, employee development opportunities go well beyond the limits of a conventional workplace, thanks in particular to Danone's social innovation funds—the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone Communities, Livelihoods Carbon Fund and Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. These implement a unique approach, co-creating projects with businesses, associations, local communities and other partners. And the Danone employees who become involved in these projects develop new skills and bring more meaning to their everyday work.
Why it matters
Today more and more employees want to be involved in projects that give meaning to their everyday work. At Danone, we’re responding to this need by giving our people the opportunity to work on the innovative initiatives that we’ve co-created with our partners—and in the process to make a positive impact on society and the environment in their regions and local communities.”
How it works
Inspired by our dual commitment to business success and social progress, we’re developing the talents of our employees through inclusive economy projects, supported by social innovation platforms such as the Danone Ecosystem Fund and Danone Communities.
Yasser Balawi, Director of Sustainable Sourcing for Africa Danone, commented, “These projects have changed the way I interact with communities. I believe that today we have a social and economic responsibility to take care of the people we are working with.”
How it creates value
The co-creation approach transforms Danone's functions as the people involved develop new skills and behaviors. It strengthens team spirit, leadership, and interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Working business models with genuine social and economic value, derived from the experience of our employees, can then be replicated in Danone subsidiaries.