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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. We signed the New York Declaration on Forests and we participates actively in the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) resolution to achieve zero net deforestation and conversion in key commodity sectors. In addition, we issued our Forest Policy in 2012. To clarify our global strategies on key materials and ingredients, we issued our Paper & Board Policy in 2012, Soy Policy in 2014, and Palm Oil Policy in 2015." 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); New York Declaration on Forests; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; Palm Oil Innovation Group; World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; UN Global Compact
      " We signed the New York Declaration on Forests and we participates actively in the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) resolution to achieve zero net deforestation and conversion in key commodity sectors. In addition, we issued our Forest Policy in 2012. To clarify our global strategies on key materials and ingredients, we issued our Paper & Board Policy in 2012, Soy Policy in 2014, and Palm Oil Policy in 2015. We are participating in alliances that further collaboration and progress towards zero deforestation, including: the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO); the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG); the Southeast Asia Alliance for Sustainable for Palm Oil (SASPO); the North America Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON); and Roundtable on Sustainable Soy (RTRS)."; “Danone spearheaded the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) coalition with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) which was launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2019 and aims to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity. Twenty companies had signed on by the end of 2019 (learn more). [...] Danone is a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy and has signed the Cerrado Manifesto, a call for action to stop deforestation and vegetation loss in Brazil's Cerrado." Danone is also a member of the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
       "Deforestation is responsible for approximately 15% of all carbon emissions, making it a major driver of climate change. Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain by end of 2020." "Danone published a Forest Footprint Policy in 2012 (www.danone.com): “Forests constitute anessential link in the Food chain. They regulate the climate, the water cycle and shelter the richestecosystems in the world. Recognizing that their preservation is critical for the planet and requires theaction of all parties involved, Danone has engaged in a dedicated policy, built on two complementarypillars: eliminating deforestation from its supply-chain and contributing to reforestation.”
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified 

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & Paper
      As part of their Environmental Strategy, they have different committees and board members who ensure the integration of the strategy. One of the areas that they are responsible for is the climate policy, which includes deforestation. 
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear
      "As part of our journey towards carbon neutrality, we set intermediate carbon reduction targets for 2030, from a 2015 baseline : to reduce scope 1, 2 and 3 emission intensity by 50%. to achieve a 30% absolute reduction of scope 1 and 2 emissions. "
  • Commodity score
    50/88
    • Palm oil
      66/88
      • Commitment Strength
        18/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain, and to the principles of no deforestation, no development on peat, and no exploitation of rights of workers, indigenous peoples and local communities (NDPE)." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain, and to the principles of no deforestation, no development on peat, and no exploitation of rights of workers, indigenous peoples and local communities (NDPE)." 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain, and to the principles of no deforestation, no development on peat, and no exploitation of rights of workers, indigenous peoples and local communities (NDPE)." 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain, and to the principles of no deforestation, no development on peat, and no exploitation of rights of workers, indigenous peoples and local communities (NDPE)." 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should [...] come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Conservation Value (HCV)forests; come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests; come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten any tropical peatland, of whateverdepth [...] Initially, Danone undertook to source 100% of its palm oil requirements from physically segregatedsustainable palm oil suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)—at the time,the strictest standard in the industry. By the end of 2014 this commitment was met."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should [...] come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Conservation Value (HCV)forests; come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests; come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten any tropical peatland, of whateverdepth [...] Initially, Danone undertook to source 100% of its palm oil requirements from physically segregatedsustainable palm oil suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)—at the time,the strictest standard in the industry. By the end of 2014 this commitment was met."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should [...] come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Conservation Value (HCV)forests; come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests; come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten any tropical peatland, of whateverdepth [...] Initially, Danone undertook to source 100% of its palm oil requirements from physically segregatedsustainable palm oil suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)—at the time,the strictest standard in the industry. By the end of 2014 this commitment was met."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should [...] come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Conservation Value (HCV)forests; come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests; come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten any tropical peatland, of whateverdepth [...] Initially, Danone undertook to source 100% of its palm oil requirements from physically segregatedsustainable palm oil suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)—at the time,the strictest standard in the industry. By the end of 2014 this commitment was met."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should: be traceable to the plantation where it was produced"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should: be traceable to the plantation where it was produced"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should: be traceable to the plantation where it was produced"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should: be traceable to the plantation where it was produced"
      • Social Considerations
        15/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [Translation] “The Group undertakes to respect all of the agreements concluded between Danone and the IAU, and in first of all the Fundamental Social Principles from ILO conventions concerning in particular:child laborforced labornon-discriminationfreedom of association and the right to collective negotiation [...]The Group is also committed to promoting these Principles in the context of its relations with its suppliers. As part of the "Respect" process, the Group is committed to ensuring its suppliers adhere to the Fundamentals of Development Sustainable, and more generally for them to consider Business Conduct Principles.”
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training; Economic
          “In 2014, Danone launched the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (Livelihoods 3F) based on the belief that sustainable farming, climate change and poverty are closely linked. Danone is one of the funding investors, together with Mars, Inc., behind a new investment fund aimed at helping companies learn how to sustainably source the materials they need from smallholder famers, while at the same time delivering large-scale social, environmental and and economic impact to those farmers and their communities. Livelihoods 3F’s goal is to implement projects that will simultaneously restore the environment and put degraded ecosystems back on track, while improving the productivity, incomes, and living conditions of smallholders rural farmers in developing countries. As a result, investing companies will be able to connect their supply chains to the projects that will offer a farm-level traceability, smallholder inclusion and a model for largerscale replication across the supply chain. Starting 2015 Danone has explored opportunities together with Livelihoods 3F to invest in the transformation of Palm Oil production from smallholders. Livelihoods 3F will work hand-in-hand with locally anchored organizations with a deep understanding of social dynamics of family farmers. Combining this with best-in-class experts in the areas of social engineering, landscape management and agronomic best practices adapted to smallholders, the projects will achieve their economic, social and environmental objectives at large scale (several tens of thousands of farmers) and follow them up through ad hoc impact indicators over at least 10 years.”
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
           "With due regard for applicable law, the Business Partner refuses to engage in any discriminatory practices. Discrimination means any distinction, exclusion or preference limiting equality of opportunity or treatment. It may be based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, age, nationality, family obligations or other considerations".
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "With regard to continuous supplier improvement and audit closure, Danone’s goal is to establish regular dialogue with its direct suppliers on their responsible purchasing processes and monitor audit effective remediation, including when audits of shared suppliers are conducted by peer companies. In 2020, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Danone focused on developing new processes to increase the robustness and sustainability of its supplier remediation plans."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should: [...] come from plantations that respect indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights to give or withhold their Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC) (*) to operations on lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights; • come from plantations that respect the rights of all workers."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        33/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Danone has committed to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2020 while respecting the people living in forests nearby palm oil plantations, seeking long-term benefits. Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should: • be traceable to the plantation where it was produced; • come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Conservation Value (HCV) forests (*); • come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests [...] "Initially, Danone undertook to source 100% of its palm oil requirements from physically segregated sustainable palm oil suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] By the end of 2014 this commitment was met. The RSPO standard protects primary or old-growth forests, however, it has proven unable to safeguard other vulnerable eco-systems including tropical peatland and second-growth forests. [...] Danone has committed to sourcing traceable palm oil offering guarantees of no deforestation and exploitation."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "In H2 2020, as our latest Mill Mapping shows, 55% of total palm oil volumes are RSPO SG and 44% are RSPO MB. The remaining 2% of Danone palm oil is not RSPO certified – this volume is sourced from and used in Africa. Danone is currently working on the transition of this volume to certified volumes." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Danone has set and maintained its traceability target at 100%. The Earthworm Foundation traces for Danone the origins of all the sourcing of its Palm Oil back to the mills. Danone updated its supply chain details (Tier 1 suppliers and mills) recently, as part of its commitment to transparency: see https://www.danone.com/content/dam/danonecorp/danone-com/about-us-impact/policies-and-commitments/en/2021/Danone-Palm-Oil-H2- 2020.pdf. The updated mapping from our partner Earthworm will be published in summer 2021, showing we have 100% traceability to mill and 85% traceability to plantation."   
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "Danone has committed to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2020 while respecting the people living in forests nearby palm oil plantations, seeking long-term benefits. Concretely, all palm oil used by Danone should: • be traceable to the plantation where it was produced; • come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Conservation Value (HCV) forests (*); • come from plantations whose expansion does not threaten High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests [...] "Initially, Danone undertook to source 100% of its palm oil requirements from physically segregated sustainable palm oil suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] By the end of 2014 this commitment was met. The RSPO standard protects primary or old-growth forests, however, it has proven unable to safeguard other vulnerable eco-systems including tropical peatland and second-growth forests. [...] Danone has committed to sourcing traceable palm oil offering guarantees of no deforestation and exploitation."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO
            "In H2 2020, as our latest Mill Mapping shows, 55% of total palm oil volumes are RSPO SG and 44% are RSPO MB. The remaining 2% of Danone palm oil is not RSPO certified – this volume is sourced from and used in Africa. Danone is currently working on the transition of this volume to certified volumes." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Earthworm Foundation

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?:  Internal verification - supply chain mapping with the Earthworm Foundation
            "Danone has set and maintained its traceability target at 100%. The Earthworm Foundation traces for Danone the origins of all the sourcing of its Palm Oil back to the mills. Danone updated its supply chain details (Tier 1 suppliers and mills) recently, as part of its commitment to transparency: see https://www.danone.com/content/dam/danonecorp/danone-com/about-us-impact/policies-and-commitments/en/2021/Danone-Palm-Oil-H2- 2020.pdf. The updated mapping from our partner Earthworm will be published in summer 2021, showing we have 100% traceability to mill and 85% traceability to plantation."   
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "Danone believes that only suppliers who source responsibly can help Danone reach its objective of removing deforestation from its supply chain. As part of a deforestation specific risk assessment; Danone conducts a mapping of its supply chain at least annually, which involves 100% of its direct suppliers."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?:  Palm Oil Innovation Group, Charter for Retailers and Manufacturers, SASPO, RSPO, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          “Danone supports the principles of "The Palm Oil Innovation Group" (POIG) and signed-up the Charter for Retailers and Manufacturers . POIG brings together leading NGOs with palm oil producing companies, brands and other actors in the supply chain to share and develop leading practices to ensure that responsible palm oil becomes available in the market place.” "Danone participates in several dedicated palm oil platforms such as POIG, SASPO and RSPO, as well as more generic platforms such as the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI). The Company also contributes to collaborative food and beverage sector initiatives such as AIM-Progress and the Consumer Goods Forum.”
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "This new Palm Oil Policy [...] makes transparent our work on risk assessments and progresses, and take a step further aiming to foster positive change through innovation in sustainable palm oil production. [...] SUPPLY CHAIN RISK ASSESSMENT - In the interest of full transparency, palm oil sources have been rated on environmental and social criterias that make up Danone definition of responsibly produced palm oil. Three levels of priority have been defined: 1) High Priority: where doubts exist about millers that potentially have not followed Danone’s policy principles in their operations, 2) Low Priority: where millers were estimated by TFT as representing a low occurrence of not being aligned with Danone’s policy for their operations, 3) Indirect Risks: when suppliers could be at risk due to millers that are not linked to Danone supply-chain but could have practicies not consistent with Danone’s Policy."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Business Partners shall not have dealings with restricted parties and shall comply with all applicable international trade sanctions laws [...] Danone reserves the right to confirm Business Partner adherence to the principles set out in thisCode of Conduct via on-site or desktop audits. If on-site audits are required the Business Partner willbe given sufficient warning and the audit will not unnecessarily disrupt their operations."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own
          "Danone’s Code of conduct for Business Partners: Should you have any concerns regarding this Code of Conduct or its application please speakdirectly to your contact at Danone. If for any reason you would prefer to report a concernconfidentially through another channel we also have a dedicated reporting tool available called DANONE ETHICS LINE (www.danoneethicsline.com). This tool can also be used anonymously ifneeded."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 67292 metric tonnes 
          67292  metric tonnes of palm oil in 2020
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 98%

          What is the certified volume?: 65,946 metric tonnes
          "On full year basis, Danone achieved 50% RSPO Segregated (SG) and 48% RSPO Mass balance (MB). In H2 2020, as our latest Mill Mapping shows, 55% of total palm oil volumes are RSPO SG and 44% are RSPO MB. The remaining 2% of Danone palm oil is not RSPO certified – this volume is sourced from and used in Africa. Danone is currently working on the transition of this volume to certified volumes." 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          [translation] "Breakdown of identified critical non-conformities: Analysis focusing only on critical non-conformities of SMETA audits (or similar methodology) carried out respectively in 2019 and in 2020 on Danone suppliers. (Table of non compliance on specific issues included). Critical non-conformities identified and reported above are resolved or in the process of being remedied with suppliers. The two non-conformities related to forced labor have been resolved. One was related to compulsory overtime in a production site in the United States: corrective measures notably included the establishment of a new pointing and training supervisors to better manage working hours. The second was linked to the lack of a reimbursement of training costs for employees in Indonesia: corrective measures included revising the terms of the contract."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Philippines, Mexico, Costa-Rica, Ivory Coast 

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100%

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Mill sites

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 100%

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%
          In addition, the Company publishes a list of its palm oil direct sup pliers and mills on its website. ; "Danone issued its latest Palm Oil Policy in 2015. As part of our commitment to eliminating deforestation, Danone is committed to sourcing 100% RSPO segregated palm oil by end 2020. RSPO segregated oil provides greater traceability and influence over our supply chain. We have put in place a traceability system allowing us to map our supply chain each year, with the support of Earthworm (formerly The Forest Trust). We recognize that transparency is important to making tangible progress on responsible palm oil. For this reason, Danone is publishing the results of our mapping exercise for H1 2019 and H2 2019. Danone has put in place a grievance process, designed with the support of the Earthworm Foundation, to enhance transparency and its capacity to act."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "In the interest of full transparency, palm oil sources have been rated on environmental and socialcriterias that make up Danone definition of responsibly produced palm oil.Three levels of priority have been defined:1) High Priority: where doubts exist about millers that potentially have not followed Danone’spolicy principles in their operations,2) Low Priority: where millers were estimated by TFT as representing a low occurrence of notbeing aligned with Danone’s policy for their operations,3) Indirect Risks: when suppliers could be at risk due to millers that are not linked to Danonesupply-chain but could have practicies not consistent with Danone’s Policy"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Suspension until the issues are remedied

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "When allegations of noncompliance against palm oil producers arise, we carry out an investigation with support from internal and external experts. If the producers are confirmed as non compliant, we work with our Tier 1 suppliers to suspend them until they demonstrate concrete progress vis-à-vis our Palm Oil Policy."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      42/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [Translation] “The Group undertakes to respect all of the agreements concluded between Danone and the IAU, and in first of all the Fundamental Social Principles from ILO conventions concerning in particular:child laborforced labornon-discriminationfreedom of association and the right to collective negotiation [...]The Group is also committed to promoting these Principles in the context of its relations with its suppliers. As part of the "Respect" process, the Group is committed to ensuring its suppliers adhere to the Fundamentals of Development Sustainable, and more generally for them to consider Business Conduct Principles.”
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "With due regard for applicable law, the Business Partner refuses to engage in any discriminatory practices. Discrimination means any distinction, exclusion or preference limiting equality of opportunity or treatment. It may be based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, age, nationality, family obligations or other considerations".
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "With regard to continuous supplier improvement and audit closure, Danone’s goal is to establish regular dialogue with its direct suppliers on their responsible purchasing processes and monitor audit effective remediation, including when audits of shared suppliers are conducted by peer companies. In 2020, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Danone focused on developing new processes to increase the robustness and sustainability of its supplier remediation plans."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Danone sourced around 596 ktons of paper and board in 2020, 7% less than in 2019. In total, 98% of purchased volumes of timber for paper/board comes from recycled or virgin certified fibers. In other words, 98% is compliant with our commitment. This is an increase of 8% vs 2019. Since March 2021, 99% is compliant. [...] In 2020, 94% of the virgin paper we purchased (=174kt of 185kt) was certified FSC (76%), PEFC (6%) or SFI (12%)." 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "Danone is committed to eliminating deforestation from its supply chain. [...] The best way to prevent deforestation from Danone’s supply chain is by sourcing mainly recycled paper, and when virgin paper is necessary, to source only certified paper. This is why Danone has the target of purchasing 100% either recycled paper or certified virgin paper. [...] "Danone sourced around 596 ktons of paper and board in 2020, 7% less than in 2019. In total, 98% of purchased volumes of timber for paper/board comes from recycled or virgin certified fibers. In other words, 98% is compliant with our commitment. This is an increase of 8% vs 2019. Since March 2021, 99% is compliant. [...] In 2020, 94% of the virgin paper we purchased (=174kt of 185kt) was certified FSC (76%), PEFC (6%) or SFI (12%)."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC
            "Danone sourced around 596 ktons of paper and board in 2020, 7% less than in 2019. In total, 98% of purchased volumes of timber for paper/board comes from recycled or virgin certified fibers. In other words, 98% is compliant with our commitment. This is an increase of 8% vs 2019. Since March 2021, 99% is compliant. [...] In 2020, 94% of the virgin paper we purchased (=174kt of 185kt) was certified FSC (76%), PEFC (6%) or SFI (12%)." 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "Danone believes that only suppliers who source responsibly can help Danone reach its objective of removing deforestation from its supply chain. As part of a deforestation specific risk assessment; Danone conducts a mapping of its supply chain at least annually, which involves 100% of its direct suppliers."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Rainforest Alliance

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Through its Packaging Policy, Danone seeks to guarantee the circularity of its packaging and accelerate the transition toward a circular economy on a global scale (see section Circular Economy). Danone also developed a special paper and cardboard packaging policy with several leading NGOs (notably Rainforest Alliance), with three objectives: • switch to lighter-weight packaging across its products range; • use recycled fiber wherever possible; • where that is not possible, use FSC certified virgin fiber. Information about the quantitative results is available in the 2019 Integrated Annual Report.”"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Business Partners shall not have dealings with restricted parties and shall comply with all applicable international trade sanctions laws [...] Danone reserves the right to confirm Business Partner adherence to the principles set out in this Code of Conduct via on-site or desktop audits. If on-site audits are required the Business Partner will be given sufficient warning and the audit will not unnecessarily disrupt their operations."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "Danone’s Code of conduct for Business Partners: Should you have any concerns regarding this Code of Conduct or its application please speak directly to your contact at Danone. If for any reason you would prefer to report a concern confidentially through another channel we also have a dedicated reporting tool available called DANONE ETHICS LINE (www.danoneethicsline.com). This tool can also be used anonymously if needed."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 596 ktons
          "Danone sourced around 596 ktons of paper and board in 2020, 7% less than in 2019. In total, 98% of purchased volumes of timber for paper/board comes from recycled or virgin certified fibers. In other words, 98% is compliant with our commitment. This is an increase of 8% vs 2019. Since March 2021, 99% is compliant. "
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC, PEFC 

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 99%

          What is the compliant volume?: 590,040 tonnes
          In  table in their most recent report, they say that in 2020, 98% was "Compliant =recycled paper + virgin certified" "Since March 2021, 99% is compliant. " 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          [translation] "Breakdown of identified critical non-conformities: Analysis focusing only on critical non-conformities of SMETA audits (or similar methodology) carried out respectively in 2019 and in 2020 on Danone suppliers. (Table of non compliance on specific issues included). Critical non-conformities identified and reported above are resolved or in the process of being remedied with suppliers. The two non-conformities related to forced labor have been resolved. One was related to compulsory overtime in a production site in the United States: corrective measures notably included the establishment of a new pointing and training supervisors to better manage working hours. The second was linked to the lack of a reimbursement of training costs for employees in Indonesia: corrective measures included revising the terms of the contract."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Danone report a list of their Tier 1 pulp and paper suppliers.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed 

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          [Translation] “Regarding level 2 suppliers (supplying pulp), this new strategy will be formalized and shared transparently with suppliers Danone level 1 packaging, including the list of endangered tree species and countries of origin. These level 1 providers will try to overcome obstacles potentials linked to traceability and transparency within the chain supply. In high-risk countries, Danone will require third-party audits parts managed and implemented by level 1 suppliers to guarantee the compliance from 2014.”
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      42/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            "Promote sourcing from deforestation-risk-free countries (India, USA…). To achieve this, transparency on the supply-chain is needed. Danone will actively seek to establish traceability all the way to countries of origin. If soy can originate from high-deforestation risk countries in South America, ensure traceability from deforestation-free areas: Soy originating from the Amazon Moratorium region may be considered as deforestation-free. Danone will support the Moratorium renewal in 2015 and promote the implementation of the Brazilian forest code (registry) to fight against illegal deforestation. Certification standards: if originating from any other high-deforestation-risk location but the Amazon, for example Cerrado or Grand Chaco areas, Danone will promote the use of standards when they are endorsed by independent and competent stakeholders and ensure reliable responsible sources with a clear priority to ProTerra or RTRS standards."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Promote sourcing from deforestation-risk-free countries (India, USA…). To achieve this, transparency on the supply-chain is needed. Danone will actively seek to establish traceability all the way to countries of origin. If soy can originate from high-deforestation risk countries in South America, ensure traceability from deforestation-free areas: Soy originating from the Amazon Moratorium region may be considered as deforestation-free. Danone will support the Moratorium renewal in 2015 and promote the implementation of the Brazilian forest code (registry) to fight against illegal deforestation. Certification standards: if originating from any other high-deforestation-risk location but the Amazon, for example Cerrado or Grand Chaco areas, Danone will promote the use of standards when they are endorsed by independent and competent stakeholders and ensure reliable responsible sources with a clear priority to ProTerra or RTRS standards."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Promote sourcing from deforestation-risk-free countries (India, USA…). To achieve this, transparency on the supply-chain is needed. Danone will actively seek to establish traceability all the way to countries of origin. If soy can originate from high-deforestation risk countries in South America, ensure traceability from deforestation-free areas: Soy originating from the Amazon Moratorium region may be considered as deforestation-free. Danone will support the Moratorium renewal in 2015 and promote the implementation of the Brazilian forest code (registry) to fight against illegal deforestation. Certification standards: if originating from any other high-deforestation-risk location but the Amazon, for example Cerrado or Grand Chaco areas, Danone will promote the use of standards when they are endorsed by independent and competent stakeholders and ensure reliable responsible sources with a clear priority to ProTerra or RTRS standards."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "Promote sourcing from deforestation-risk-free countries (India, USA…). To achieve this, transparency on the supply-chain is needed. Danone will actively seek to establish traceability all the way to countries of origin. If soy can originate from high-deforestation risk countries in South America, ensure traceability from deforestation-free areas: Soy originating from the Amazon Moratorium region may be considered as deforestation-free. Danone will support the Moratorium renewal in 2015 and promote the implementation of the Brazilian forest code (registry) to fight against illegal deforestation. Certification standards: if originating from any other high-deforestation-risk location but the Amazon, for example Cerrado or Grand Chaco areas, Danone will promote the use of standards when they are endorsed by independent and competent stakeholders and ensure reliable responsible sources with a clear priority to ProTerra or RTRS standards."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Danone will only trace all the way back to plantation for soy coming from high-deforestation risk areas in South America. For other countries, they will trace back to country of origin. "Danone led a traceability exercise with Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase) to determine the risk linked to soy imported to Europe, Russia and Africa for animal feeding. Based on this study, we estimate that 20% of the soy used for animal feeding in Europe, Russia and Africa is imported from zones where there is a risk of deforestation. Our strategy to minimize this risk is to work with farmers to transition to local soy/soy alternatives. We aim to achieve this transition by December 31, 2020." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/1
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/1
            Danone will only trace all the way back to plantation for soy coming from high-deforestation risk areas in South America. For other countries, they will trace back to country of origin. "Danone led a traceability exercise with Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase) to determine the risk linked to soy imported to Europe, Russia and Africa for animal feeding. Based on this study, we estimate that 20% of the soy used for animal feeding in Europe, Russia and Africa is imported from zones where there is a risk of deforestation. Our strategy to minimize this risk is to work with farmers to transition to local soy/soy alternatives. We aim to achieve this transition by December 31, 2020."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        11/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
           [Translation] “The Group undertakes to respect all of the agreements concluded between Danone and the IAU, and in first of all the Fundamental Social Principles from ILO conventions concerning in particular:child laborforced labornon-discriminationfreedom of association and the right to collective negotiation [...]The Group is also committed to promoting these Principles in the context of its relations with its suppliers. As part of the "Respect" process, the Group is committed to ensuring its suppliers adhere to the Fundamentals of Development Sustainable, and more generally for them to consider Business Conduct Principles.”
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training
          "For indirectly sourced soy mainly used for cow feeding, Danone is implementing projects to help farmers plant local soy alternatives making them less dependent on imported soy, as well as reducing the risk of importing soy from deforestation prone areas. For example, Danone Germany, with the support of the Ecosystem Fund, launched in 2017 the Profee project which aims to encourage a switch to regional sources of protein and improve the feeding practices of family farmers. This helps to maintain the agriculture cultural landscape in Bavaria and improve soil quality as well as reduce the risk of deforestation in Latin America by sourcing local feed."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
           "With due regard for applicable law, the Business Partner refuses to engage in any discriminatory practices. Discrimination means any distinction, exclusion or preference limiting equality of opportunity or treatment. It may be based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, age, nationality, family obligations or other considerations".
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "With regard to continuous supplier improvement and audit closure, Danone’s goal is to establish regular dialogue with its direct suppliers on their responsible purchasing processes and monitor audit effective remediation, including when audits of shared suppliers are conducted by peer companies. In 2020, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Danone focused on developing new processes to increase the robustness and sustainability of its supplier remediation plans."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Danone sources 56K tons of soybeans directly, for use in our plant-based products in Europe (Alpro) and North America, from areas that are not at risk for deforestation. More specifically, Danone sources 48 K tons of soybeans directly for Alpro, and 8 K tons for Danone North America. 60% of soybeans used by Alpro are grown in Europe (France, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium), and the remaining 40% come from Canada. 100% of Alpro soybeans are ProTerra certified, covering environmental, social and non-GMO criteria. About 15% are also organic, and 85% are conventional. Soybeans used by Danone North America are grown in the United States with a small % from Canada; over 2/3 of which are non-GMO Project Verified and 1/3 are Certified Organics. [...] Soy used for animal feeding in the United States and Latin America is purchased locally, from regions that are low-risk for deforestation. 100% of soy purchased in the United States is grown there. Regarding Latin America: • Brazil: 100% of soy used by the farms where we source milk comes from Minas Gerais State. Soy used for 85% of milk we source comes from the Central de Compras facility managed by Danone Brazil, which traces and maintains documentation on soy origin (See Annex 1 for a full list of municipalities). Our aim is for 100% of the milk farmers in our supply chain to use this facility. • Argentina: 100% of soy used for animal feed is grown in the Buenos Aires province, which is not at risk for deforestation. See Annex 2 for list for locations of soy grown by the largest supplier (cooperative) to the farms where we source milk."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Danone sources 56K tons of soybeans directly, for use in our plant-based products in Europe (Alpro) and North America, from areas that are not at risk for deforestation. More specifically, Danone sources 48 K tons of soybeans directly for Alpro, and 8 K tons for Danone North America. 60% of soybeans used by Alpro are grown in Europe (France, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium), and the remaining 40% come from Canada. 100% of Alpro soybeans are ProTerra certified, covering environmental, social and non-GMO criteria. About 15% are also organic, and 85% are conventional. Soybeans used by Danone North America are grown in the United States with a small % from Canada; over 2/3 of which are non-GMO Project Verified and 1/3 are Certified Organics. [...] In addition, we undertook country by country analysis to have more accurate assessment of the origins of indirect soy in 2019. Based on this study, we estimate that 27% of the soy used for animal feeding by farmers is untraced and could be a risk of deforestation, mainly in Europe, Russia and Africa." 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "Danone believes that only suppliers who source responsibly can help Danone reach its objective of removing deforestation from its supply chain. As part of a deforestation specific risk assessment; Danone conducts a mapping of its supply chain at least annually, which involves 100% of its direct suppliers."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Trase, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, Consumer Goods Forum
          “In Europe, Danone has worked with Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase) to ensure the traceability of soy imported from Brazil, which could come from regions at risk of deforestation.” Deforestation-free soy policy includes a commitment to "Help drive change at a global scale through the Consumer Goods Forum, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative or any global initiatives that can help achieve Danone goals."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Danone led a traceability exercise with Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase) todetermine the risk linked to soy imported to Europe, Russia and Africa for animal feeding.Based on this study, we estimate that 20% of the soy used for animal feeding in Europe, Russiaand Africa is imported from zones where there is a risk of deforestation. Our strategy tominimize this risk is to work with farmers to transition to local soy/soy alternatives. We aim toachieve this transition by December 31, 2020." "“ For the environment, the risk-mapping exercise confirmed the three priority categories set out in Danone’s Forest Footprint Policy (palm oil, soy, and paper and cardboard packaging).”
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Business Partners shall not have dealings with restricted parties and shall comply with all applicableinternational trade sanctions laws [...] Danone reserves the right to confirm Business Partner adherence to the principles set out in thisCode of Conduct via on-site or desktop audits. If on-site audits are required the Business Partner willbe given sufficient warning and the audit will not unnecessarily disrupt their operations."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No 

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own
          "Danone’s Code of conduct for Business Partners: Should you have any concerns regarding this Code of Conduct or its application please speakdirectly to your contact at Danone. If for any reason you would prefer to report a concernconfidentially through another channel we also have a dedicated reporting tool available called DANONE ETHICS LINE (www.danoneethicsline.com). This tool can also be used anonymously ifneeded."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 56000 tons
          "Danone sources 56K tons of soybeans directly, for use in our plant-based products in Europe (Alpro) and North America, from areas that are not at risk for deforestation. More specifically, Danone sources 48 K tons of soybeans directly for Alpro, and 8 K tons for Danone North America. 60% of soybeans used by Alpro are grown in Europe (France, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium), and the remaining 40% come from Canada. 100% of Alpro soybeans are ProTerra certified, covering environmental, social and non-GMO criteria. About 15% are also organic, and 85% are conventional. Soybeans used by Danone North America are grown in the United States with a small % from Canada; over 2/3 of which are non-GMO Project Verified and 1/3 are Certified Organics."
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          [translation] "Breakdown of identified critical non-conformities: Analysis focusing only on critical non-conformities of SMETA audits (or similar methodology) carried out respectively in 2019 and in 2020 on Danone suppliers. (Table of non compliance on specific issues included). Critical non-conformities identified and reported above are resolved or in the process of being remedied with suppliers. The two non-conformities related to forced labor have been resolved. One was related to compulsory overtime in a production site in the United States: corrective measures notably included the establishment of a new pointing and training supervisors to better manage working hours. The second was linked to the lack of a reimbursement of training costs for employees in Indonesia: corrective measures included revising the terms of the contract."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    14/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    24/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    11/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Danone is a French company known to be one of the largest producers of dairy food and water in the world. The company is present in over 140 countries selling fresh dairy products, waters, baby nutrition, and medical nutrition. Some of its well-known brands include Activia, Oikos, Danonino, and Evian. The company is exposed to palm oil as an ingredient and soy as a key component of animal feed. Danone is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Dairy, Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
France
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Oikos, Delight, Danonina, Silk, Alpro, Actimel, Activia, Danone, Evian, Volvic, Binafont

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

All assessments use policies published on company websites, some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

Disclaimer

This assessment has been carried out following the methodology developed for the Forest 500 project, available here. Please see our disclaimer applicable to all information contained within this site and our terms and conditions for use of data presented on this site.

All assessments use policies published on company and financial institution websites, and while we endeavor to keep them updated some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

Please contact us with any concerns or feedback about this or other assessments included in the Forest 500.