Danone Communities believes inclusive social businesses can help solve the world’s greatest social challenges. We do so by supporting social enterprises in 14 countries, that focus on fighting against malnutrition and bringing access to safe drinking water. With local experts and entrepreneurs around the globe, we’re bringing market-based solutions to the communities that thrive for autonomy and development.
Behind each of 10 businesses supported by Danone Communities, there are local visionary teams focused on social and economic development of the communities they serve. They make a real difference on the field.
Why does it matter?
Addressing the challenges of business efficiency and growth requires a diversity of skills and expertise to support them. To supports the social businesses, Danone Communities offers them the opportunity to get professional help from Danone’s employees around the world.
How does it work?
Danone Communities launched its investment fund in 2007, dedicated to innovative social entrepreneurs who want to achieve sustainable social impact in their own environment. Danone’s French employees can invest their profit sharing into this fund. To this day, 56% of employees have already invested once into the Danone Communities fund. They are the first owners of the fund.
To go further and to improve both the economic and social performance of social businesses, Danone Communities also launched the Impact3 program. It matches the needs of social businesses with the expertise of employees, sending them on the field to contribute with their skills and time. In 2018, 100 employees went on the field on a mission with Danone Communities.
How does this project create value?
In 2018, a hundred Danone employees went on a mission with Impact3 program, to share their expertise with the social businesses supported by Danone Communities.
Impact3 means the program is impacting on 3 levels:
- Impact on the social business, that benefits from additional support and expertise by a Danone employee and can thus strengthen its impact and its sustainability
- Impact for the Danone employee, who is exposed to new models, new ways of working, and grows professionally thanks to this experience
- Impact on Danone as a company: more and more employees benefit from this experience with social businesses, and bring back a new perspective to Danone, which transforms the company as a whole.
“I support this program because I believe in it! It develops many competencies of Danone employees and it also develops their leadership skills. It’s a great tool to develop the talents we have within the company.”
Delphine Dupuis, Global Talent & Learning Strategy Director.
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