Danone is engaged on SDG 16 as a commitment
Danone Responsible Practices
Responsible business practices are critical to achieve Danone's mission. Danone's Compliance Program is a condition of success for our dual project: it is a precondition for fair and open markets, sustainable profitable growth and thus both for business success and healthy societies. It helps implement a culture of compliance and reduce related risks. Beyond the fight against bribery and corruption, the program encourages exemplary behaviors in the areas of competition, economic sanctions and personal data protection. To achieve this, Danone has developed and implements policies and procedures applicable to all employees and business partners, including:
- the Code of Business Conduct based on principles defined in the following references: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization; guiding principles of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for multinational companies; the Global Compact on human rights, labor rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption.
- the Integrity Policy describing expectations on various positions and particularly on managers, Executive Committee members, and Heads of Human Resources and Public Affairs. It also provides definitions of the different types of corruption and applicable policies. It sets out the rules and responsibilities with which each Danone employee must comply in relation to: bribery and corruption, gifts and hospitality, sponsorship and donations, fraud, money laundering, conflicts of interest, third party vetting and raising concerns.
- the Code of Conduct for Business Partners introduced to ensure that they comply with applicable anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, unfair competition and international trade laws and regulations.
- the Unfair Competition Policy to ensure fair competition behavior between the sector’s various stakeholders and compliance with competition laws and regulations.
- the International Trade Sanctions Policy to ensure Danone’s compliance with International Trade Sanctions concerning restrictions to trade, investment or other commercial activities.
- The Health Care Systems (HCS) Compliance Directive, which establishes guidelines derived from Danone’s policies on healthcare systems compliance and the marketing of breast milk substitutes, as well as its communications guidelines on foods for special medical purposes. It applies to all Danone employees worldwide, as well as third-party contractors who interact with health care systems.
Danone does not tolerate any non-compliance with these policies and which may lead to disciplinary measures. Such measures depend on the seriousness of the non-compliance and may include non-payment of a bonus, deferment of a promotion, suspension without pay and even dismissal.
The Danone Ethics Line: Danone has introduced a whistleblowing system whereby employees, suppliers and other third parties may confidentially report any suspicions of fraud, corruption or other cases of non-compliance.
Sustainability Principles for Business Partners
Danone also relies on the Sustainability Principles for Business Partners which cover labor rights, environmental protection and business ethics. These principles are part of Danone’s responsible procurement program, RESPECT, which is now evolving towards a more comprehensive due diligence approach and reinforcing its human rights requirements. This new approach is inspired by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP).
The Tax Policy underscores Danone’s commitment to responsible tax management and its pledge to avoid tax schemes that are artificial, fraudulent or disconnected from actual operations. Danone has published its tax policy on its website since 2016 and updates it annually.
The Company has also drafted a tax code of conduct designed to help fight tax evasion.
Policy on advocacy activities
Danone’s policy on advocacy clearly describes the behaviors expected of employees who work with Danone’s stakeholders.
Danone does not pay any sums of money to individuals or organizations involved in politics to support their activities. As a result, no candidates or political parties receive funds or assets from the Company.
The Company interacts with governmental and non-governmental players as part of its dialogue with stakeholders and in the regular course of business. For example, Danone is listed in the registers of interest representatives of the European Union and of the French High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (Haute Autorité Française pour la Transparence de la Vie Publique, or HATVP).
Like all other Company activities, Danone’s advocacy efforts must comply with the principles of business conduct and the integrity policy described above.
Inclusive decision making
As a founding act for its goals, Danone is launching ‘One Person, One Voice, One Share’, an innovative employee engagement program and governance model for all of its more than 100,000 employees to co-own the company agenda, actively participate in defining roadmaps to bring the goals to life, and deepen their ownership mindset (learn more).
As part of this program, in 2018, each employee was invited to participate in a worldwide digital consultation to share his or her views – as an employee, as a consumer, as a citizen – on what is urgent to address at local and global level. In addition, starting in 2019, to foster an ownership mindset, each employee will be granted one Danone share combined with an annual, amplified dividend-based incentive scheme.