Danone is engaged on SDG5 as a commitment
As a global company involving diverse communities across the planet, Danone commits to provide equal opportunities to every woman and man employed in the company, wherever they live and work in the world. We believe this is a matter of social justice, which is a condition for sustained market economy development. Danone champions gender diversity and women empowerment through a number of global projects, including driving senior leadership parity, supporting women in developing economies and through its gender-neutral Parental Policy released in 2017.
Our commitment to gender equality was recognized by the United Nations in March 2017 when Emmanuel Faber was named a UN Women’s HeForShe Thematic Champion and participated, in 2018, to the HeForShe Impact Summit in New York. It reflects our pioneering work around women’s empowerment, both through Danone’s own Human Resources programs as well as broader initiatives that mobilize other companies to address gender equality. Finally women empowerment is adressed not only inside the company but also in our supply chain in projects led by the Danone Ecosystem Fund.
Women empowerment within Danone
Senior leadership parity:
Danone commits to reach 30% women executives by 2020. At the end of 2018, this indicator has reached 28%. The proportion of Danone female managers, directors and executives is 50% in 2018.
Global Parental Policy:
The Global Parental Policy is an initiative which aims to offer a consistent standard of support to all parents-to-be employed across the world. Danone’s parental policy is based on three key elements:
- pre-natal support such as adapted working conditions and nutritional advice during pregnancy;
- extended parental leave, covering both men and women which include 18 weeks for the birth parent or 14 weeks for the legally adoptive parent and 10 working days for the secondary caregiver;
- post-natal support including job protection measures and return-to-work support, flexible working conditions, and support for breastfeeding by providing lactation rooms for mothers in offices that employ more than 50 women.
Since 2017, the policy has been deployed in 9 countries – Australia, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom – and will be rolled out to all remaining countries by 2020.
Women empowerment within our wider ecosystem of partners
Danone is aware that diversity in management teams makes for better business performance. We recognize that women still face hurdles as they move up the career ladder. To help them on their way, we created EVE seminar especially for corporate women. Created in 2010 with other companies, EVE is a women’s leadership seminar designed to empower strong, inspirational women to spearhead change within the organization.
The Danone Ecosystem Fund:
Despite recent decades of progress, women continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the word. And yet study after study has demonstrated that empowering women has a snowball effect, transforming families, communities, economies and environment. The Danone Ecosystem Fund has worked to embed gender equality and women’s empowerment in each of its projects: this process enables women to boost their employability and social and economic inclusion. Learnings from these projects can be found in : Women Empowerment for Inclusive Businesses- Learnings from Ecosystem Projects and Partnerships.