World leader Danone has a high consumption of soy and paper, causing deforestation
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), forests occupy about 31% of the global land area1. Out of this, about 18 million acres of forest are lost annually2. As per the reports, a football pitch of primary rainforest was lost in every 6 seconds in 20193. Data suggest that at least 1.8 gigatonnes of carbon (CO2) emissions were associated with 2019 primary forest loss3.
Danone generated over 436 thousand tonnes of food waste in 2019
On a global scale, we generate over 2.1 billion tonnes of solid waste in a year5. Over one-third of the waste is not managed in an environmentally conscious way5. High-income countries are responsible for over 683 million tonnes (34%) of the overall waste5. By 2050, the total waste is expected to rise to 3.40 billion tonnes5.
Danone Canada donates over 20 million nutritious yogurt servings to school children
A study on the Assessment of Malnutritional Risk in Canadian Pediatric Hospitals revealed that out of 371 kids admitted in pediatric services across 5 provinces, 19.5% were malnourished7.
Danone’s major palm oil suppliers convicting of human rights violations and forced labor
Palm oil cultivation is an important contributor to economic growth however, the industry has been linked with various adverse social and environmental impacts1;p1. This labor-intensive industry is reported to employ 4 million people just in Indonesia wherein, roughly 50% of the workers are reported to be women1;p3. As per the International Labor Organization (ILO), workers are prohibited to join or be associated with any trade unions wherein, they are threatened with low or no pay, any form of intimidation, termination of employees2;p12. However, the palm oil industry is tainted with human rights violations9.
Danone consumed 68,000 tonnes of palm oil in 2019, which mostly came from Malaysia and Indonesia
Palm oil is one of the primary causes of deforestation across the most extensive biodiverse forests, which leads to the extinction of several endangered species1. Over three billion people across 150 countries consume products that contain palm oil, with 8 kg of average consumption per person per year2.