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Building a socially inclusive business together with our stakeholders, all along our value cycle.

For Danone, a healthier future starts with building a socially inclusive approach for the groups and communities our business reaches. Across our work, we seek the best ways of including the many rather than just the few. We have specific projects dedicated to extending our reach and we put social inclusion principles at the very heart of our many programs – especially our social innovation projects.

These principles are applied all along the Danone value cycle where we work with small local suppliers that, today, do not always have access to the formal economy. From the farmers, villagers and street vendors, micro distributors and with care givers who provide access to health and education to many of our consumers. The wellbeing and success of individuals and small organizations are core to our business. As we look at creating circular economy we find more solutions. We have developed partnerships with the waste pickers networks, we are building new business relationships with those small economic local actors along our value cycle, and by doing so we are contributing positively to the development of the places where we operate.

We also develop product offers targeted for the most vulnerable communities so that we bring health through food to all consumer groups and fulfill our mission.


To implement a new sustainable milk production model in Morocco, the H’lib Bladi’ project, supported by the Ecosystem Fund, improves the revenues of small farmers and milk collection centers while improving the volume and quality of the milk supply for Danone. 

Affordable nutritious products / GRAMEEN DANONE FOODS LTD.

This danone.communities social business was set up to produce an affordable yogurt with high nutritional value for undernourished children in Bangladesh. These products are distributed by “Shokti Ladies” – women from the poorest local communities – their Grameen Danone, since they are able to reach our more isolated customers.


In Mexico, the EcoAlberto project, supported by danone.communities in partnership with the Porvenir Foundation and HOD México, brings safe drinking water to indigenous communities. In addition, their distribution centers have also created employment for indigenous women as micro-distributors.


To improve the number of plastic bottles recycled in France, Lemon Aid is a social enterprise that collects and recycles waste while creating jobs for young people who have been dropped out of classic schools. This project, launched in 2015, is co-created by Danone Eaux France, its local partner FACE (Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion/ Foundation for Social Inclusion) and the Lemontri start up, with the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund.


To make young, uneducated Algerians from vulnerable families more employable, the ‘Sales School’ project created a dedicated center with sales diploma programs available. 



The Action Tank Entreprise et Pauvreté (‘Business and Poverty’) is a non-profit association piloting and developing innovative and sustainable business models to alleviate poverty and social exclusion in France. Co-created in 2010 by Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone, and Martin Hirsch, Head of the Public Hospitals of Paris Administration, the organization’s role is ‘to create value but also to share it; generate wealth, without creating more poverty; all with a social welfare objective.” Emmanuel Faber CEO of Danone.