Global Issues

Despite the fact that the global poverty rate has been halved since 2000, intensified efforts are required to boost the incomes, alleviate the suffering and build the resilience of those individuals still living in extreme poverty. Indeed, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.90 a day. Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.


SDG 1 Targets to which Danone Contributes

Source: United Nations

  • Target 1.2: By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
  • Target 1.4: By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.
  • Target 1.5: By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.


Related Business Themes Relevant for Danone

Source: SDG Compass

  • Availability of products and services for those on low incomes
  • Earning, wages and benefits
  • Economic development in areas of high priority
  • Access to quality essential health care services


Danone Engagement on SDG 1

Danone is engaged on SDG 1 as a commitment

Danone is committed to continue to invent pioneering ways to foster inclusive growth for vulnerable partners in our food chain across the world, including farmers, street vendors and waste pickers. We will keep building sustainable solutions for access to nutrition and safe drinking water for low-income communities. By scaling up, we will maximize the impact of our social innovation funds, starting with Danone Communities, the Danone Ecosystem Fund and the Livelihoods funds.

  • The Danone Ecosystem Fund aims to strengthen and develop activities of general interest within Danone’s ecosystem. The Fund carries out projects in 33 countries with family farmers, caregivers, waste pickers and street vendors. These actions in the area of employment aid to strengthen economic activities and create new jobs or supports the development of skills, in particular through training and aid to the set-up of economic activities (learn more).
  • Danone Communities works on alleviating malnutrition, making drinking water safe, to break the cycle of poverty where it operates. Danone Communities supports social entrepreneurs active in fighting malnutrition and developing access to drinking water, two levers for reducing poverty (learn more).
  • The Livelihoods funds (LCF & L3F) empower rural communities for whom agriculture is the main source of income and employment. LCF and L3F help tackling rural poverty while making businesses become more sustainable. For the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, the objective is to positively impact 1.5 million people by 2020. Encouraged by the results achieved since 2011, a second compartment of the Livelihoods Carbon Fund was launched in December 2017 to accelerate actions for climate and for most vulnerable populations with an objective of 1.5 million beneficiaries over a 20-year span (learn more).


Danone 2018 Key Performance Indicators


professionally empowered people by the Danone Ecosystem Fund


indirect beneficiaries by the Danone Ecosystem Fund in 2018


people positively impacted by the Livelihoods Carbon Fund since 2011


households equipped with efficient cookstoves by the Livelihoods Carbon Fund since 2011

1.1 million

beneficiaires in total of the Danone Communities fund

Danone Partnerships (SDG 17)

  • Poverty & Entreprise Action Tank: is a program in HEC Business School co-created by Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone and Martin Hirsch, former head of Emmaüs France, that acts to develop and implement innovative economic models aiming at contributing to a more inclusive economy, in France, other developed countries as well as in developing countries and facilitating the emergence of new economic models based on the principles of social business (learn more).
  • The Livelihoods funds have been created by private companies to generate social, environmental and economic impact in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Livelihoods funds link private companies, NGOs, public institutions and experts such as the French Development Agency (AFD). It builds public-private coalitions to develop projects generating value for all. The Livelihoods Family Farming Fund aims at improving the lives of smallholders and promoting farming practices which are more respectful of the environment (learn more).
  • Danone and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have partnered and joined their forces with Livelihoods Funds and the Danone Ecosystem Fund to develop disruptive business solutions that boost economic growth in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The three-year strategic partnership signed in 2017 promotes sustainable, inclusive development initiatives in the region harnessing Danone’s food chain as well as with implementing partners, Livelihoods Funds and the Danone Ecosystem Fund, while also empowering local communities, and protecting the environment (learn more).