Foods and Beverages
About Danone Canada
Danone Canada is one of the country’s largest dairy and plant-based food and beverage companies, with the mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible.
In April 2017, Danone expanded its health, sustainability and social impacts by bringing its North American dairy business together with WhiteWave Foods, a leader in plant-based and organic food, beverages and coffee creamers. Danone Canada set a commitment to become a Certified B Corporation by 2020, an ambition it met nearly two years ahead of schedule thanks to the passion and perseverance of a cross-functional team of 40 dedicated employees. The company’s B Corp certification both underscores its longstanding responsible business practices and demonstrates its meaningful commitment to continuous improvement.
Danone Canada aspires to nourish lives and inspire a healthier world through food. Its portfolio of beloved, trusted and pioneering brands in fresh dairy, plant-based and coffee creamers and beverages sustain and delight people at every age and during any moment of the day. From the local corner shop, to cafeterias, to major grocery chains, you will likely find one or more of our delicious products. Our brands in Canada include Activia®*, Oikos®*, DanActive®*, Danone Creamy®*, Danino®*, Danette® and YoCrunch®. The company has head offices in Boucherville, Quebec and Mississauga, Ontario. Its main Canadian production facility is located in Boucherville, Quebec.
* These subsidiaries and/ or brands have been reviewed and independently meet the performance requirement for certification and therefore are allowed to use the Certified B Corp logo and other associated Intellectual Property.”
Why We Became a B Corp
Danone Canada is part of Danone, a leading global food and beverage company, and is the eighth Danone subsidiary to become a Certified B Corporation.
Danone’s mission is to “bring health through food to as many people as possible”. The company strongly believes in the idea of business as a force for good, particularly at scale, and sees its opportunity to help make sustainable business mainstream and raise awareness of the B Corp movement through the more than 900 million people who choose its brands worldwide.
Because Danone believes B Corp™ is the business model for the future—and requires companies of all sizes to be successful—the company has been working with B Lab since 2015 to define a B Corp model for public-traded global companies. Its goal is to become one of the first food multinationals to obtain a global certification. This ambition is an expression of the company’s long-time commitment to sustainable business and its dual-project of economic success and social progress. It also underscores Danone’s new One Planet, One Health signature, which acknowledges the interconnectivity of the health of people and planet and aims to inspire healthier and more sustainable drinking habits.
What makes us a better company?
B Impact Report
The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.
The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.
The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).
The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.
The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.
|Overall B Score||55|
80 out of 200 is eligible for certification
*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment
*Median scores will not add up to overall
- The company solicits specific feedback from external stakeholders, such as local community members and social or environmental advocacy groups, regarding its social and environmental performance via meetings or other engagement mechanisms.
- The company measures defined KPIs/metrics in order to determine if social and environmental objectives are achieved. Outcomes are also measured over time.
- Job flexibility options are offered, whenever possible, in writing and in practice for the majority of workers. This includes part-time work schedules at the request of workers; flex-time work schedules (allowing freedom to vary start and stop times); and telecommuting (working from home one or more days per week).
- Benefits are provided to employees to supplement government programs, including disability coverage/accident insurance; life insurance; private dental insurance; private supplemental health insurance; and vision insurance.
- There is a formal review process for providing performance feedback to all tenured employees. Reviews are conducted on an annual basis and include peer and subordinate input, written guidance for career development and the definition of achievable goals.
- The average tenure of the current workforce is over 5 years.
- 50% or more of management are women and/or individuals from underrepresented populations, including low-income communities.
- Average compensation for men and women is equal in comparable executive, managerial and non-managerial roles.
- The company has worked with policymakers and stakeholders to develop or advocate for increased adoption of social and environmental standards or voluntary practices in the industry. This has included signing petitions; allowing the use of its name in association with a cause; providing active staff time and financial support; directly introducing, testifying and making recommendations or providing expertise to advance standards; and working with other industry players on a cooperative initiative. These efforts have resulted in specific institutional, industry and regulatory reforms.
- The company has performed a Life Cycle Assessment on 75% to 99% of its products (on a revenue basis). The company measures and manages its GHG, water and waste in a context-based manner.
- More than 80% of the company’s facilities on a square foot-basis have a facility-wide recycling program that has ongoing collection of at least all standard materials in the area.
- The company has used energy conservation/efficiency measures for the following systems: equipment; lighting; HVAC; and heat recovery system.