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Paris, France
Brands and Associated Companies:
Activia, Evian, Volvic, Actimel
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Danone appears to be lobbying positively on climate change policy. The company seems to focus primarily on high-level climate ambition and policy, but does seem to engage more strategically with US climate policy through organizations such as the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (SFPA).

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Danone seems to support top-line action on climate change, supporting net zero “no later than 2050” as part of the Transform to Net Zero Initiative in July 2021. Danone also stated support for climate neutrality by 2050 in the EU and for the European Green Deal in a position paper on the EU Common Food Policy in 2020. The company appears to support government regulation to respond to climate change, as a founding member of the Transform to Net Zero Initiative advocating for policies to reduce GHG emissions including carbon pricing mechanisms and green recovery packages in a declaration letter in 2021. Danone also advocated for carbon pricing in the US as part of the SFPA in a Climate Policy Principles publication in 2019. However, this support appears to come with the caveat that it must ensure competitiveness. Danone has historically supported the UN Paris Agreement, and tweeted support for the decision taken by the Biden administration for the US to rejoin the treaty in 2021.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Danone seems to be supportive of climate-related regulations. While the company does not appear to have taken a position on the EU Emissions Trading System, in a position paper on an EU Common Food Policy in 2020 Danone advocated for implementing Carbon Border Adjustments through the European Green Deal. Danone also supported policies to develop more sustainable energy sources in the US in a 2020 statement as part of the SFPA. In a joint response to the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan in 2018, Danone stated support for the policy and opposed its repeal.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Danone seems to support the energy transition, stating it is “determined to help lead an industry-wide transition to a low-carbon economy” on its corporate website in 2021. Fast Company magazine reported in 2019 that the company supported measures to accelerate clean energy deployment in the US, although the article did not provide detail on the company’s position on phasing out fossil fuels.

Industry Association Governance: Danone disclosed a list of memberships of trade associations in its 2020 Policy on Advocacy, and noted which the company has board membership of, but did not detail the climate policy positions of the groups. The company retains membership of Medef through the Association Nationale des Industries Alimentaires, and through Medef has membership of BusinessEurope, which have historically lobbied negatively on climate change. Danone has not completed a review of alignment on climate policy with its trade associations as of August 2021.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.