Global Issues

Progress in preserving and sustainably using the Earth’s terrestrial species and ecosystems is uneven. Improvements continue to be made in managing forests sustainably and protecting areas important for biodiversity, but land productivity, biodiversity loss and poaching and trafficking of wildlife remain serious concerns. Enabling a sustainable development implies protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems ; managing forests sustainably ; combating desertification ; and halting and reversing land degradation and biodiversity loss.


SDG 15 Targets to which Danone Contributes

Source: United Nations

  • Target 15.2: By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally.
  • Target 15.3: By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.
  • Target 15.4: By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development.


Related Business Themes Relevant for Danone

Source: SDG Compass

  • Deforestation and forest degradation
  • Genetic diversity of farms and domesticated animals
  • Landscapes forest management and fiber sourcing
  • Mountain ecosystems
  • Natural habitat degradation
  • Terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems


Danone Engagement on SDG 15

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.

Forest preservation

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:

Palm oil:

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).

Other commodities: 

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.

Mangrove restoration:

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).


Danone 2018 Key Performance Indicators


of paper and board packaging is made of recycled or FSC certified fibers (Whitewave excluded)


of palm oil purchased is certified RSPO segregated


of palm oil purchased is certified RSPO segregated excluding WhiteWave scope


million trees planted since 2011 by the Livelihoods Carbon Fund


hectares restored since 2011 by the Livelihoods Carbon Fund

Danone Partnerships (SDG 17)

  • In 2018, in partnership with 10 retailers, Danone in France organized a dedicated day, on September 21st, during which 1,500 Danone employees and farmers rallied in stores across France to raise consumers awareness on regenerative agriculture. Moreover, all French Danone brands donated a full day’s sales to support regenerative agriculture projects.
  • In May 2014, Danone joined The Forest Trust (TFT), an international non-profit organization that works with businesses to place environmentally and socially responsible products on the market.
  • Danone has been member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2011
  • Danone is a founding member of the Support Asia For Sustainable Palm Oil (SASPO), created in 2016.
  • 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 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.
  • By joining forces with ‘4 per 1000’, Danone aims to broaden these efforts and expand collaboration with experts, NGOs, governments and private companies. Launched by the French government in 2015, during the COP21, ‘4 per 1000’ is an international platform to catalyze collaboration on soil health and soil carbon sequestration among different stakeholders (learn more).