“The Danone Ecosystem Fund has demonstrated the potential of professional empowerment as a lever for lasting social and economic impact.”- Jean-Christophe LAUGEE - General Manager of the Danone Ecosystem Fund
The Danone Ecosystem Fund was created based on the conviction that business thrives when it acts as a force for good. The Fund has invested in projects that have social, environmental and/or health impact, while strengthening Danone’s ecosystem.
This section gives an overview on its social and economic impact. It also provides examples of how we are working to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
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of people sensitized to their specific nutritional needs.
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In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.”
At the Danone Ecosystem Fund, we believe in the power of the SDGs both as a catalyst for co-creation and a roadmap to build a more inclusive and sustainable world by 2030. While our projects are linked to a number of SDGs, we are working to further align with the Global Goals by integrating them into our project assessment criteria. We are also participating in ongoing discussions on financing and measurement of the SDGs, via fora such as the OECD Development Cooperation Directorate.
Below are some examples of how we are working to contribute to specific SDGs and their targets.
2.2 By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons.
Project highlight: To support healthy practices and promote good nutrition for pregnant woman, mothers and their babies in Romania, Stand by Mums has developed an accredited network of independent expert midwives offering perinatal services. To date, this project has benefited an estimated 331 000 people.
4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
Project highlight: Miftah Ennajah gives a qualitative tecnical & practical training for young algerian, with a diploma endorsed by the CACI, for them to have adapted commercial skills for the local job market. To date, this project has benefited an estimated 1 000 people.
5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
Project highlight: Social School for Women’s Empowerment aims to empower Spanish women who have been victims of domestic violence. The project provides training and confidence-building, and offers women professional opportunities. To date, this project has benefited an estimated 500 people.
6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes.
Project highlight: Terragr’eau aims to protect the Evian watershed by strengthening local multistakeholder water governance and promoting agricultural practices that protect the area from nitrate pollution. To date, this project has benefited an estimated 12 000 people.
8.8 Protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.
Project highlight: To support waste management and improve working and living conditions for waste pickers in Brazil, Novo Ciclo offers trainings as well as technical and infrastructure support. The project’s innovative business model fosters social mobilization through cooperative organization. To date, this project has benefited an estimated 255 000 people.
12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
Project highlight: The Renueva project aims to increase recycling in the away-from home market, while simultaneously training and creating jobs for disabled or socially excluded people. To date, this project has benefited an estimated 2 200 people.
13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
Project highlight: Les Pieds sur Terre supports French farmers in their carbon footprint reduction journey towards 2025. The project also aims to raise awareness for climate resilient agriculture and strengthen consumer engagement via online crowdfunding platform. Number of beneficiaries forthcoming.
17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
As a rule, the Danone Ecosystem Fund works to build partnerships between business, NGOs and local communities that pool financial resources and expertise to develop hybrid solutions to concrete problems.