Amid covid-19 crisis, Danone takes measures to support its global workforce
As of April 2020, the coronavirus continues to spread across the world with almost every country having reported covid-19 cases1. The disease puts public health systems under strains and affects the world economy negatively. According to the ILO, the covid-19 crisis is expected to eliminate 6.7% of working hours (or 195 million full-time workers) globally in the second quarter of 2020. 81 per cent of the global workforce of 3.3 billion are currently affected by full or partial workplace closures2.
Danone helps farmers switching to regenerative agriculture
Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil. It seems to have the potential to store a significant portion of carbon in the soil while improving the nutrition in our food.1
Danone helps women to climb the career ladder of the company
As a global company, Danone commits to provide equal opportunities for every woman and man employed in the company wherever in the world. According to the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Gender Equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a prerequisite for peaceful, sustainable economic growth 1. In particular, Danone tries to achieve gender equality in the leadership positions at work, because according to the firm, diversity in management teams makes for better business performance 2.
Danone North America supports food banks during the Covid-19 pandemic to fight food insecurity
Almost 10 million Americans lost their jobs at the end of March due to the Coronavirus pandemic [1;p1]. This outcome could worsen the current social crisis that the United States is facing, such as workers struggling to pay their bills and food insecurity within American households. According to Feeding America, the largest organization for domestic hunger relief, 98% of its food banks have reported a sharp increase in food demand .
Danone is taking action against domestic violence in Spain
Gender violence has been a serious problem in Spain for more than a decade. Spain became one of the first European countries to introduce a specific framework law on gender-based violence in 20041. The measures have paid off, with significant reductions in violence until 2014. Since then, however, violence has increased again. There were 31,286 officially registered female victims of gender-related violence in Spain in 2018, a 7.9% rise from the previous year. Domestic violence has followed the same trend with 7,288 victims in 2018, which represents a 6,9% rise since 20172.