Sustainable Industry

Danone invests in environmental pillars and achieves historic certification

Specialized Nutrition unit stands out in carbon neutrality, water consumption reduction and zero waste to landfills

In view of population growth and rising food consumption patterns, best social and environmental practices have become even more critical in the production of foods and beverages.

Aware of this outlook and of the environmental impacts that industrial activities could cause, corporations have adopted sustainability as a virtually mandatory requirement. At Danone, one of the largest foodstuff multinationals, the concern for the health of the planet is reflected in the company’s signature, alongside the commitment to people’s health through the “One Planet, One Health” vision.

As part of the company’s business strategy, Danone has invested heavily in three environmental pillars in its Specialized Nutrition unit located in Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais: carbon neutrality, water consumption reduction and zero waste to landfills.

The plant is responsible for the production of dairy formulas and medical nutrition products, and is the company’s first site in the world to meet sustainability goals. It has been certified by the Carbon Trust, an independent global climate change and sustainability consultancy.

“Danone has had sustainability at its core from its inception, as reflected in our investment in local communities, the commitment of our employees and our collaboration with partners,” said Danone CEO for Brazil Edson Higo.

“We are proud that these efforts have been recognized by the Carbon Trust with this triple certification in Poços de Caldas, and we look forward to the next steps in our journey to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” he said.

The company is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions throughout its entire value chain by 2050, and is actively working to ensure that all of its production sites around the world follow the same path and ultimately reduce their environmental impact to protect the planet’s health.

These initiatives are consistent with the strategy of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) towards a low carbon economy in Brazil, based on the pillars of energy transition, A carbon market, the circular economy, and forest conservation.

Self-sufficiency – The Poços de Caldas site operates entirely on renewable power, part of which is generated by the 1,500 solar panels that cover the plant’s parking lots and walkways.

In order to reduce water consumption, the Specialized Nutrition unit has a rainwater collection and treatment system in place. It captures around 4 million liters of rainwater per year, thereby ensuring self-sufficiency in terms of water requirements.

In order to achieve zero waste to landfills, the plant has minimized its waste generation and separates it into predefined streams to maximize recycling and ensure that 100% of all waste generated is recovered.

The plant’s other direct carbon emissions, as well as those resulting from the circulation of employees, are fully offset through support for conservation projects developed by BioFilica. This is a Brazilian company that provides environmental services and contributes to the establishment and development of a solid and reliable market for forest carbon offsets.

Certification – Danone is a leading multinational company in the foods and beverages industry, including dairy and plant-based products, waters and specialized nutrition. It is the first large food and beverage company in Brazil to have achieved certification as a B Company, which attests that its sustainable approach to business helps foster and build a more equitable, regenerative and inclusive economic system for people and the planet alike. The certification is awarded by the Global Movement of B Corps, an independent international organization.0