Danone has made very little progress in the past year and is now lagging behind most of the other companies. The only company still scoring a 1 for gender and having overall meager scores for farmers and land, Danone needs to take action.
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 and has recently published more information on the number of smallholders it sources from, it does too little to address the hardships these vulnerable suppliers encounter in producing the commodities that form the basis of Danone’s business.
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. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that the company also doesn’t recognise issues like low wages and the risks that workers on insecure contracts face
Danone has some notable climate commitments in their palm oil supply chain and on deforestation across commodities. But the company has a way to go in areas like strengthening its own greenhouse gas emissions goals and in providing support for farmers affected by climate impacts. They should also increase their level of engagement with governments on climate, especially on the road to UN Chief of Parties 21 in Paris.
Danone lists details about sourcing volumes and where it sources. It is the only company who discloses the soy volumes used for its dairy production. But it 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 has slid downward on water. The company has stopped disclosing key information to the public.