Good news – dairy giant (and owner of Evian and Volvic) Danone is doing above average on water, climate and transparency. Bad news – it lacks any commitment to supporting women, farmers or land rights.
We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...
Danone scores very poorly on land. The company has not committed to zero tolerance for land grabs and doesn’t require suppliers to consider how land affects lives. One bright spot is that it now recognizes the principle of FPIC in its palm oil policy. It could be doing so much more.
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Very disappointing. Danone is at the very bottom when it comes to women. While it runs projects focused on female farmers, it shows no awareness of issues faced by women – and no commitment to supporting change for women.
No cause for celebration – while Danone runs some nice projects with dairy farmers, it has no idea how many small-scale producers contribute to its products and doesn’t protect farmers’ rights in its code for suppliers.
A disappointing lack of information means Danone, which has signed up to international labor conventions, doesn’t actually know how many people are in its supply chains.
Danone has some strong commitments to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions as well as supply chain emissions, but still has weak supplier requirements and shows little support for affected farmers.
Danone lists details about what it sources and where it sources it but fails to provide names of who it does business with. It also does not provide any information on its membership of US and global trade associations.
The owner of Evian and Volvic is among the better performers on water, disclosing its impact on water supplies and requiring key suppliers to report on water use. It is yet to officially recognize the human right to water however.