Food & drink - yogurt
About Danone UK
For almost 100 years, Danone, has sought to bring fermented dairy products to as many people as possible around the world. The ambition is rooted in the firm belief that fermented dairy products like yogurt contribute to a healthy diet by providing essential nutrients as well as the enjoyment of pleasurable taste and textures.
The first Danone yogurt was created by Isaac Carasso in 1919 in Barcelona, which gave rise to the first factory in the world to produce yogurt for general consumption. Fast forward to 1988 and the first Activia yoghurt was sold in the UK.
In the UK, Danone seeks to help consumers understand the role the fresh dairy products can play in a balanced diet, offering tasty, versatile choices to meet consumer’s needs every day. To achieve this, Danone works collaboratively with their employees, their partners and suppliers, and their local communities.
Danone is now the 2nd biggest player in the UK market, with 4 well-known brands. And they continue to innovate; in 2016 Danone’s new 0% fat, 0% added sugar brand Light & Free was the largest dairy innovation in the UK.
About Danone Company
Dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible, Danone is a leading global food company built on four business lines: Fresh Dairy & Plant-based Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters and Medical Nutrition. Through its mission and dual commitment to business success and social progress, the company aims to build a healthier future.
This is underlined by Danone’s new One Planet One Health signature, which demonstrates a commitment to inspire healthier eating and drinking habits, for all its stakeholders—its 100,000 employees, consumers, customers, suppliers, shareholders and all the communities with which it engages.
Danone and B Lab announced in December 2015 an open source partnership and the ambition to become of the first multi-national certified as B Corp globally. Danone Dairy UK is the 5th Danone subsidiary to become certified.
Our B Corp Certification is in line with our long-lasting commitment to economic success and social progress. We are proud to join the B Corp movement where the collective action across multiple industries can make the change that is best for the planet and the communities we live and work in.
What makes us a better company?
B Impact Report
The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.
The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.
The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).
The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.
The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.
|Overall B Score||55|
80 out of 200 is eligible for certification
*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment
*Median scores will not add up to overall
- Social and economic commitments included in everyone’s annual targets
- Articles of Association has been changed to reflect stakeholder as well as shareholder consideration
- >75% employees have accessed skills based and broader business related training
- Health & wellness benefits often extending to families as well as employees (e.g. medical insurance, employee assistance, pension scheme and counselling services)
- 100% of employees are eligible to receive a bonus
- Paid time off (2 days per year) for employee volunteering
- DUK delivers an free evidence based healthy eating education program called Eat Like a Champ, which has reached 30,000 9-10 year old children since 2012.
- Provided staff time and resources to support UK government standards on sugar reduction
- Office building is BREAM certified
- Environmental considerations are included in the development of products