Good news – dairy giant (and owner of Evian and Volvic) Danone is doing above average on water 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’s policies are in no-mans-land. It has pledged to stop deforestation, but hasn’t outlawed land grabs or asked suppliers to consider how land affects lives.
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Very disappointing. Danone runs projects focused on female farmers, but 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.
A mixed bag. Danone has already met its own targets to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions, but shows no support for tackling agricultural emissions or supporting affected farmers.
Danone’s new Forest policy lists detail about what it sources, where it sources it and in what quantities – though key supplier information is lacking.
The owner of Evian and Volvic is among the better performers on water, publicizes 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.