Danone today announced, in December 2020, that it has been highlighted for the second year in a row as a world environmental leader by the international non-profit organization CDP, whose disclosure and scoring system is recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency.
Out of the 5,800+ companies scored in 2020, Danone is one of the only 10 companies that achieved a place on the A List for the three environmental areas covered by CDP of climate change, forests preservation and water security.
Since its first voluntary environmental disclose to CDP in 2010, Danone has gradually increased its score to reach the Triple ‘A’ list last year for the first time. Being included this year again in these three prestigious lists is a great recognition of Danone’s ambitious and longstanding actions to build a low carbon economy, protect natural resources and increase its brands’ transparency.
Henri Bruxelles, Chief Operating Officer End-to-End Design-to-Delivery, declared: “For the second year in a row, Danone is recognized as a ‘Triple A company’ by the CDP. This is an important milestone and achievement that confirms how our ‘One Planet. One Health’ frame of action and our strategy to focus on grounded and local impact have turned into a deep transformation agenda with major steps taken by our business and brands in 2020: evian and Volvic became carbon neutral from the source to the consumers; the US organic milk leader Horizon Organic set the ambition to become carbon positive in 5 years; Karicare also embarked in a neutrality journey. We launched ‘We Act for Water’ movement, a set of urgent actions to foster the protection and access to water resources. And we created the first ever segregated Palm-Oil supply chain in the U.S. as part as our commitment to eliminate deforestation. I would like to thank all our teams for their dedication and passion in transforming our value chain, inventing a low carbon economy and protecting natural resources. Transparency is crucial to reinforce consumers’ trust in our brands and to provide the financial community with the right tools to assess the resilience and impact of our business models”.
The full methodology and criteria for the A List is available on CDP’s website at: https://www.cdp.net/en/companies/companies-scores.
Danone’s recent natural resources protection and climate achievements and ambitions:
- evian and volvic carbon neutral certification from source to consumer
- Wexford’s baby-formula facility carbon neutral certification (which produces leading brands like Aptamil, Cow & Gate and Nutrilon for consumers in 41 countries around the world).
- Karicare announcement to become the first milk formula brand in Australia and New Zealand to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
- Horizon Organic ambition to become Carbon Positive by 2025.
- Reach its full scope carbon emissions peak in 2019, five years ahead of its original plan and commitment and one year prior to the 1.5°C Science-Based Targets commitment. Going forward, its GHG emissions in absolute levels are set to decrease.
- Creation alongside two traders of the first ever Segregated Palm-Oil supply Chain in the U.S. as part of its commitment to eliminating deforestation.
- Publication of its Water Policy in order to act to preserve and restore water resources, today and for future generations
- Launch of ‘WeActForWater’ by Danone Water brands, a set of urgent actions, ambitious objectives, and new investments, deployed by Danone’s iconic water brands, including evian, Volvic, AQUA and Bonafont, it focuses on responsible packaging, climate neutrality, watershed preservation and access to safe drinking water.
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