Danone is engaged on SDG 15 as a commitment
Danone’s businesses are directly linked to nature and agriculture. Climate change impacts natural cycles of water, soils, biodiversity and ecosystem services that play a vital role in the food system including forests. Contributing to tackle this huge challenge is critical for our ability to strengthen the resilience of our global food system.
Recognizing that forest preservation is essential for the planet and requires the action of all parties involved, Danone has engaged in a dedicated forest footprint policy, built on two complementary pillars:
- Eliminate deforestation impacts from its supply chain by 2020
This ambition covers all of Danone products and activities that may have a potentially negative impact on forest management. This ambition will be achieved by developing specific sourcing strategies for each key commodities that are associated with high deforestation risks in specific geographies:
Danone is committed to ensure that all palm oil used is traceable to the plantation where it was produced, comes from plantations whose expansion does not threaten forests classified as High Conservation Value (HCV) or High Carbon Stock (HCS); comes from plantations whose expansion does not threaten tropical peatlands, regardless of their depth (learn more).
Paper & board:
Danone’s specific paper/cardboard packaging policy has three objectives: actively reduce the weight of paper packaging for each product; prioritize the use of recycled fibers; whenever possible, give priority to FSC-certified virgin fibers (learn more).
Danone is committed to ensure full transparency, promote sourcing from deforestation-risk-free zones and encourage the use of local crop alternatives to imported soy (learn more).
Roadmaps on Cane sugar, timber for energy and bio-based plastic for packaging will be communicated step by step when co-built and aligned with key stakeholders.
- Pro-actively contribute to programs preventing deforestation or promoting reforestation
Danone contributes to reforestation and forests restoration through Livelihoods Fund with nine other private companies. The Livelihoods Carbon Fund aims to plant 130 million trees by 2020 and sets the objective to have 47,000 hectares restored by 2020.
Agroforestry is the combined planting of trees and crops. Projects supported by the Livelihoods Funds help empower farmers with this technique, which holds multiple benefits for productivity and biodiversity: trees naturally enhance soil fertility, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers while preventing soil erosion and sequestering huge amounts of CO2.
Mangroves are groups of trees and shrubs that grow where sea and land meet. They are one of the planet’s richest ecosystems, a home for fish, crabs, shrimps and mollusks that also acts as a living shield for coastal regions. The Livelihoods Carbon fund has enabled particularly vulnerable communities to restore their mangrove forests.
Protect biodiversity and soil health
Danone believes that the food we eat and the water we drink should come from a sustainable and diverse ecosystem. Danone's ambition is to produce healthy food which contributes to protect biodiversity through regenerative agriculture practices. Soil, in particular, has a specific role, in addition to sequestering carbon, healthy soils boost productivity and reinforce climate resiliency and protect the biodiversity.
- For instance, in the U.S., Danone North America is working on progressively reducing the use of practices and technology that lead to soil degradation. It promotes agricultural practices which enhance soil organic matter content and help sequester more carbon such as using diverse crop rotations, reducing soil tillage, retaining crop residues as mulch, growing cover crops and enhancing eco-efficiency of any essential inputs. It will contribute to restore soil health and protect vegetal and animal biodiversity in the yields.
- Protecting natural habitat around our water resources: for instance, Fundación Villavicencio was created in 2015 to manage and protect biodiversity of the Villavicencio Natural Reserve (Argentina).