Foods and Beverages
About Danone North America
In April 2017, Danone expanded its health, sustainability and social impacts by bringing together its U.S. dairy business and WhiteWave Foods to form what is now Danone North America. The Danone subsidiary incorporated as a public benefit corporation, meaning it is legally committed to balance shareholders’ financial interests with the social benefits it creates for people, their communities and the planet. It also set a commitment to become a Certified B Corporation® by 2020, an ambition the company met nearly two-years ahead of schedule thanks to the passion and perseverance of a cross-functional team of more than 120 employees who saw the tremendous opportunity to not only codify the company and its brands long-time responsible business practices but also make a meaningful commitment to continuously improve.
Danone North America aspires to nourish lives and inspire a healthier world through food. Its portfolio of beloved, trusted and pioneering brands in fresh dairy; organic dairy; plant-based; fresh foods; and coffee creamers and beverages sustain and delight people at any age and during any moment of the day. As a business unit of Danone, representing more than 15% of the global Danone business, it is one of the top 15 food and beverage companies; the top organic food maker; and a leader in plant-based foods and beverages in the U.S. Its brands include Silk®*, So Delicious®*, Horizon®*, Vega®*, Wallaby® Organic*, Earthbound Farm®*, Alpro®*, International Delight®, Activia®, DanActive®, Danimals®*, Dannon®*, Danino®, Light & Fit®, and Oikos®. The company has corporate hubs in White Plains, New York; Broomfield, Colorado; and more than 15 manufacturing facilities.
* These subsidiaries and/or brands have been reviewed and independently meet the performance requirement for certification and therefore are allowed to use the Certified B Corp logo and other associated Intellectual Property.”
Why We Became a B Corp™ & The Change We Seek®
Danone North America is part of Danone, a leading global food and beverage company, and is the seventh Danone subsidiary to become a Certified B Corporation.
Danone’s mission is to “bring health through food to as many people as possible”. The company strongly believes in the idea of business as a force for good, particularly at scale, and sees its opportunity to help make sustainable business mainstream and raise awareness of the B Corp movement through the more than 900 million people who choose its brands worldwide.
Because Danone believes B Corp™ is the business model for the future, the company has been working with B Lab since 2015 to define a B Corp model for public-traded global companies. Its goal is to become one of the first food multinationals to obtain a global certification. This ambition is an expression of the company’s long-time commitment to sustainable business and its dual-project of economic success and social progress. It also underscores Danone’s One Planet.One Health vision, which acknowledges the interconnectivity of the health of people and planet.
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
- Company has been established as a Public Benefit Corporation to legally preserve social and environmental mission as well as require stakeholder consideration.
- For 90%+ of employees, sustainability principles and practices are integrated into both new employee and ongoing training.
- Regular Codes of Ethics training is required for board members and 90%+ of all employees
- Average tenure of current workforce is over 2 years.
- All full-time, part-time, temporary workers and independent contractors paid above minimum wage.
- Company has a multitude of practices with regards to management’s commitment to worker health and safety including: written safety and health policy to minimize on-the-job employee accidents and injuries; safety and health integrated into overall management planning process and workers are involved in safety planning, resource allocation, audits, etc.; safety and health concerns communicated through regular safety and health trainings; specific safety and health program goals and objectives, with specific indicators to measure progress; formal safety reporting system for employees to submit their safety concerns; safety procedures easily accessible for all on site personnel, including workers, non-managerial staff, and visitors; participation in an external program demonstrating commitment and excellence in safety and health.
- Company advocated for specific positive institutional, industry or regulatory reforms.
- Company provides its procurement department with a written requirement to consider suppliers within the same geographic area among other social or environmental factors beyond pure competitive bid as well as training or resources for how to source from local or independent suppliers for 90% of the company
- Supplier Code of Conduct policy specifically holds the company's suppliers accountable to social and environmental performance.
- When evaluating the social and environmental performance of Significant Suppliers, specific environmental and social criteria are required.
- Company monitors and records water, energy and waste usage, as well as has specific reduction targets.
- Demonstrable program that incorporates life cycle assessment (LCA) thinking and practices into company strategy and decisions-making via policies, reports and/or certifications for more than 20% of products
- Almost 50% of revenue is earned from products that are Less Toxic than market alternatives (i.e. non-GMO or Organic)