Issue 03/05


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people go to bed hungry every night1.
A threat to the health of people and the planet

Today’s food production and consumption patterns have led us into a double bind. In 2018, 1.3 billion people experienced food insecurity2, and during the Covid-19 pandemic that number has only grown. Yet at the same time, 2 billion adults were overweight and 670 million were obese2. This second scourge is exploding around the globe, resulting in chronic non-communicable diseases that are the leading cause of death worldwide. Meanwhile, ever more intensive production methods place an increasingly heavy burden on natural resources and the environment, jeopardizing agriculture’s ability to provide sustainable food for future generations. 

1 Sustainable healthy diets – Guiding principles, FAO and WHO, 2020
2 Sustainable healthy diets – Guiding principles, FAO and WHO, 2019

global adoption of a low-meat diet would reduce diet-related GHGs by nearly 50%3.
Working toward more sustainable diets

But even though our food system is under fire, how people eat is still one of our most powerful tools for making them healthier and giving our planet a better future. It’s now widely accepted that diets must be revisited to include more plant-based products, which have well-established benefits for human health and the environment. Production of plant proteins takes only 1/10 of the water required for animal proteins and emits only 1/6 as much CO24. Little by little, it’s becoming clear that we need both healthier diets—with more plant-based products, legumes, fruits, vegetables and nuts—and more sustainable farming practices. 

3 Sustainable healthy diets – Guiding principles, FAO and WHO, 2020
4 Sustainable healthy diets – Guiding principles, FAO and WHO, 2019

Food production uses 48% of the world’s land and 70% of its fresh water resources5.
Consumers on the march

Consumers want to know what they’re putting on their plates, and not just its nutritional value. They want to know what the ingredients are, where they came from and how they impact the planet. Meanwhile, health officials are using nutrition information to make consumers realize how important it is to have a healthy diet. For companies and brands, this double trend—along with their own deeply held beliefs—is a strong incentive to offer healthier, more sustainable products. In short, key interests are converging. And that bodes well for the future. 

5 Sustainable healthy diets – Guiding principles, FAO and WHO, 2020


Promoting a healthy, sustainable diet

At Danone, we believe that the health of people and the health of our planet are interconnected, and that healthy, sustainable diets can nourish the one without sacrificing the other. We’re working to accelerate the transition toward these diets by encouraging better eating habits, adapting our product portfolio, and expanding our sustainable supply practices. 

Our commitments
  • Help people learn about healthy, sustainable eating and drinking practices, working hand in hand with international organizations, public health authorities and local communities.
  • Promote a varied diet and encourage the rise of flexitarianism to rebalance protein intake toward plant-based foods.
  • Expand sustainable supply practices, which incorporate social, ethical and environmental criteria into our supplier selection process.

Innovating for a balanced diet that tastes great

Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible, and most of the products in our portfolio are health-oriented. We’re constantly innovating to improve their nutritional profile, based on official recommendations, the latest scientific advances, and the goals of our brands. We work especially hard to give our products taste appeal, striking an ever-better balance between good nutrition and the sheer pleasure of food.

Our commitments
  • Expand our portfolio to offer new products, new ingredients and plant-based alternatives.
  • Constantly improve the nutritional value of our products—especially by reducing their sugar content—and simplify our recipes.
  • Broaden our research into food and taste preferences, offering new products tailored to the expectations of consumers from different places and different generations.

Empowering consumers to make educated choices

At Danone, we’re committed to increasing transparency. That means providing complete, reliable, clear product information that allows shoppers to make informed decisions. In addition to complying with strict nutritional labelling regulations, we inform and communicate with consumers through channels that include websites, partnerships with distributors, and organizations that promote healthy eating and drinking practices.

Our commitments
  • Provide ever clearer, ever more complete information on our products’ ingredients and nutritional value, as well as user data such as portion sizes and best-by/use-by dates.
  • Promote the use of Nutri-Score in Europe. This nutrition labeling system, backed solidly by over 50 scientific studies, is well regarded by consumers and has a real impact on their purchasing decisions.
  • Give consumers the opportunity to choose brands that put people and the planet at the heart of their strategy, through local procurement, support for local communities, Regenerative Agriculture (including organic farming), carbon neutrality and preservation of water resources.

In action

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