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Ending hunger sits at the heart of Danone

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that some 2 billion people do not have enough to eat. In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the year 2030. These set an ambition for a safe and sustainable future for everyone, especially the least privileged passengers aboard ‘Spaceship Earth’. The 17 goals provide a global framework for action. DNV GL’s report “Future of Spaceship Earth – Business Frontiers” dives into private sector solutions for attaining them. For each SDG, we highlight a company pioneering progress towards the goals. To demonstrate solutions on Goal 2: Zero hunger, we invited in Danone.

Ending hunger

Ending hunger sits at the heart of Danone

SDG2 is, first and foremost, about ending hunger. Food security, nutrition, and agriculture are other key aspects of the goal. Unlike most other goals, we have chosen to rate the achievement of this goal based on only one indicator, representing whether we succeed in ending hunger.

Will we achieve Goal 2: Zero hunger?

By 2030, the goal is to end hunger and ensure access by all people – in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants – to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. The indicator chosen to demonstrate this is the proportion of the population below the minimum level of dietary energy consumption.

ROW and BRISE get a red rating. China, OECD, and USA get a green rating. The uncertainty is highest for BRISE, which could succeed in reducing hunger sufficiently to get a yellow or even a green rating.

Green light: Goal likely to be reached. Orange light: Goal not likely to be reached, but more than 50% of the gap between today’s status and the goal is likely to be closed. Red light: Goal not likely to be reached, and less than 50% of the gap between today’s status and the goal is likely to be closed.

 

Healthier food, healthier planet

Danone’s mission is to “bring health through food to as many people as possible”. As part of this commitment, the company has taken the strategic decision to build a health-driven products portfolio. In 2015, healthy categories based on official public health recommendations generated some 88% of Danone’s total sales. The company calls its core business ‘Alimentation’. This expresses the belief that nourishment goes beyond foods and beverages. It should be considered in its broadest sense, including nutrition, taste, social and cultural dimensions.

“The 17 targets are closely interlinked, and achieving one goal will often require – and contribute towards – success within other goals. Furthermore, looking at SDG 2, it is our belief that it cannot be sustainably achieved if it does not go beyond hunger: among others, we need to address all forms of malnutrition, ensure sustainable production cycles and regain biodiversity,” says Danone’s CEO, Emmanuel Faber.

Danone is in the process of developing new goals for the company involving all 17 SDGs as organizing principles for its business.

Faber says Danone is designing new goals that will go further than just delivering growth and profit. “We are fully aware that we won’t be able to reach these company goals by ourselves and need to do it with friends and partners,” he says. We have a very powerful tool with our Manifesto that gathers all the Danone people around a global vision. This vision is open to anybody who is interested in joining us to build an alimentation revolution.”

Want to explore our forecast on SDG 2, as well as the prognosis for each of the 17 goals? Download the report and watch the launch video

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