Food and beverages, especially dairy, beverages and baby formula
One of the largest food producers in the world: fresh dairy products (#1 worldwide), waters (#2 on the packaged water market), baby nutrition (#2 worldwide) and medical nutrition. Bought baby nutrition company Royal Numico in 2007 for US$16.8bn.
The Forest 500 identifies, ranks, and tracks the governments, companies and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation. Rankings are based on their public policies and commitments and potential impacts on tropical forests in the context of forest risk commodities (palm oil, soya, beef, leather, timber, and pulp and paper). This company received a score of 5/5.
[Source 2016][More on Forests]
This company received a score of 9 out of a possible total of 9 in the WWF Palm Oil Buyers' Scorecard 2016, which rates companies on what they are - and aren't - doing to prevent the negative environmental and social impacts of palm oil production.
[Source 2016][More on Palm Oil]
In their 2017 report 'Feeding Ourselves Thirsty', Ceres looks at how food sector companies are responding to water risks. 42 companies were assessed on a 0-100 point basis across four categories of water management: governance and strategy, direct operations, manufacturing supply chain and agricultural supply chain. This company received a score of 65/100.
[Source 2017][More on Habitats]
Climate Counts compares companies on their commitment to tackling global warming. The scoring ranges from A (best) to E (worst) and assesses the level of action taken on climate change using CDP's climate performance score as the primary indicator of company performance on climate change. This company received an 'A'.
[Source 2016][More on Climate Change]
The Union of Concerned Scientists' 2015 Palm Oil Scorecard scores America's top brands on their commitments to use deforestation-free palm oil. This company received a score of 89.2/100, signifying strong commitment.
[Source 2015][More on Palm Oil]
The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) is a global initiative that evaluates the world's largest food and beverage manufacturers on their policies, practices and performance related to undernutrition and obesity. Of the 22 companies ranked this company came 3rd.
[Source 2016][More on Product Safety]
The 2016 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report ranks global food companies on how they are managing and reporting their farm animal welfare policies and practices. This company appeared in tier 3, "Established but Work to be Done", with tier 1 being the best, and tier 6 the worst.
[Source 2017][More on Animal Rights]
This company is named and shamed in IBFAN's 2014 report, 'Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2014', a weighty collection of evidence showing non-compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent WHA resolutions. The Report covers 27 companies with 813 violations in 81 countries.
[Source 2014][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
Danone has been criticised for the promotion of bottled water and undermining local control of water supplies in communities by turning water into a profit driven commodity.
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In 2015 Cruelty Free International exposed cruel animal tests carried out by Danone, Nestle and Yakult, presumably so that the companies could market health claims about their products.
[Source 2015][More on Animal Testing]
This company received a score of 17/100 (retrieved 13-Oct-2016) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
[Source 2016][More on Habitats]
In 2016 KnowTheChain benchmarked 60 large global companies in the ICT, Food & Beverage, and Apparel & Footwear sectors on their efforts to address forced labour and human trafficking in their supply chains. This company received a score of 28/100.
[Source 2016][More on Workers Rights]
Oxfam's 2016 Behind the Brands Scorecard assesses the agricultural sourcing policies of the world's 10 largest food and beverage companies. It exclusively focuses on publicly available information that relates to the policies of these companies on their sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. This company ranked equal last with a score of 36%.
[Source 2016][More on Governance]
Friends of the Earth's 2014 report "Tiny Ingredients, Big Risks" names this company as one of over 200 transnational food companies engaged in nanotechnology research and development, and on their way to commercializing products. New studies are adding to a growing body of scientific evidence indicating nanomaterials may be toxic to humans and the environment.
[Source 2014][More on Product Safety]
In 2008, Danone set a goal of a 30 per cent global carbon footprint reduction by 2012 across the entire supply chain, including plants and factories, packaging and end-of-cycle disposal, transportation and storage. To meet this challenge, Danone and SAP teamed up and devised a system to analyze and measure carbon footprint across 35,000 products.
[Source 2012][More on Climate Change]
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: adopt a science-based emissions reduction target; responsible corporate engagement in climate policy; remove commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains by 2020, improve water security.
[Source 2017][More on Climate Change]
This company is one of a group of eight multinationals working together under the Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership (PESE) which provides a platform for Brazilian companies to proactively develop strategies to manage business risks and opportunities arising from their companies' dependence and impact on ecosystems. By making the connection between healthy ecosystems and the bottom line, PESE not only fosters more sustainable business practices, but also opens the door to new, profitable business opportunities.
[Source 2017][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the main food industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Created by Nestle, Unilever and Danone in 2002, the SAI Platform is a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at precompetitive level, of knowledge and initiatives to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.
[Source 2014][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The Sustainable Food Lab is a network of business, public sector, and civil society leaders from around the globe who are working together to accelerate sustainability in mainstream food and agriculture.
[Source 2016][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The United Nations Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of 10 values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. However it's non-binding nature has been widely criticised, and many signatory corporations continue to violate the Compact's values.
[Source x][More on Sustainability Reporting]
This company received a score of 8 out of a possible total of 24 in the WWF Soy Scorecard 2016, which rates companies on their use of responsible soy, grown without damaging the environment and harming people.
[Source 2016][More on Forests]
In 2016 Greenpeace published a report on the progress towards zero deforestation in the palm oil supply chains of several multinational companies. Companies were assessed on three criteria: responsible sourcing, transparency and industry reform. This company was rated as 'getting there'.
[Source 2016][More on Palm Oil]
The Islamic Human Rights Commission supports the political boycott called against this company due to its involvement with Israel. [This assessment has not been used in calculation of ratings].
[Source 2012][More on Politics]
This company received a score of 58.3/100 in the Newsweek Green Rankings 2016, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
[Source 2016][More on Sustainability Reporting]
Green America's Responsible Shopper provides details about the corporate responsibility records of well-known companies. Follow the link to see this company's profile. [Last updated 2009]
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
|Company Structure||Listed Public Company|
|Revenue||US$19.9 billion in 2010|
|# Employees||100,995 in 2010 in World|
|Subsidiaries||Nutricia Australia Pty Ltd
Yakult Honsha Co Ltd (20% owned)
- Yakult Australia
Danone Murray Goulburn (50% owned)
Products / BrandsDanone
Evian Bottled Water
Danone Murray Goulburn (50% owned)
Murray Goulburn to supply Danone
12th Aug 2013 — Australian dairy co-operative Devondale-Murray Goulburn (Devondale-MG) will make a $2.5 million investment in equipment at its Koroit plant in western Victoria as a result of a five-year agreement with global dairy company Danone. Devondale-MG is set to supply 50,000 tonnes of Growing Up Milk Powders (GUMPs) base to Danone over the life of the agreement. Devondale-MG said the investment would enable the Co-operative, which processes a third of Australia's milk, to meet Asia's "rapidly increasing demand for GUMPs", a dairy nutritional product for young children. [source]
Danone buys Royal Numico
1st Jan 2007 — Groupe Danone (France) bought baby formula makers, Royal Numico (the Netherlands) for US$16.8bn in 2007 [source]