In August 2017 Ethical Consumer viewed the Harrogate website for details of its environmental reporting.

The company had an Environment section which stated, "We only use UK-produced sustainable raw materials. None of our waste goes to landfill sites whatsoever", "We aim to use the minimum amount of raw materials", "We work with local suppliers and hauliers... to significantly reduce vehicle movements".
It did not discuss its own energy use and so was not considered to have a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts.
No quantified targets were found for reducing environmental impact. No reporting of performance data was found, nor independent verification.
Overall the company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for its environmental reporting.

Reference: (23 August 2017)

On 10 November 2016 Ethical Consumer viewed the most recent "Behind the brand" scorecard (dated April 2016), produced by Oxfam part of its GROW campaign which evaluated the world's top 10 most powerful food and beverage companies. The campaign aimed to challenge the companies to begin a "race to the top" to improve their social and environmental performance.

Danone was ranked joint ninth out of ten companies in the scorecard. Overall the company received a score of 25 out of 70 and was described by Oxfam as having made ‘some progress’ with an overall score of 36%.

The company was rated in seven areas based on information publicly available and marked out of ten for each area. According to the report Danone scored:
2/10 for its land policies - Danone scored very poorly on land. The company had not committed to zero tolerance for land grabs and didn’t require suppliers to consider how land affects lives. One bright spot was that it now recognised the principle of FPIC in its palm oil policy.

2/10 for policies on women – Danone made some improvements in the recent update with a new women’s empowerment commitment. While this is a good sign of improvements it is now important to track what that translates into as actual progress for women farmers.

3/10 for policies on farmers - While Danone is showing increased understanding of its supply chains, it does too little to address the hardships these vulnerable suppliers encounter in producing the commodities that form the basis of Danone’s business.

3/10 for policies regarding workers - A disappointing lack of information means Danone, which has signed up to international labor conventions, doesn’t actually know how many people are in its supply chains. Its recent agreement with the main union for food and agriculture workers globally is a solid step in the right direction.

6/10 for policies on climate change - Danone has notable climate commitments in their palm oil supply chain and on achieving zero deforestation across commodities. But the company has a way to go in making their targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions more ambitious and in providing support for farmers affected by climate impacts across their supply chains.

5/10 for transparency: Danone lists details about sourcing volumes and where it sources. It is the only company who discloses the soy volumes used for its dairy production. It also scores highest (together with Nestle) in disclosing its Audit procedures and results. But it has made no improvements since last year and continues to fail to provide names of suppliers.

4/10 on water: The owner of Evian and Volvic resumed reporting key information on water to the public. But big gaps in the company’s approach to water remain - including official recognition of the human right to water.

Due to the fact Danone had not received ‘good’ in any of the categories it lost half a mark in Ethical Consumer's Climate Change, Human Rights and Workers’ Rights categories.


Behind the Brands April 2016 scorecard (19 April 2016)

Forest 500, ‘the world’s first rainforest rating agency’, is a project of the Global Canopy Programme. In 2018, it published its fourth annual rating. It ranks 350 of the biggest companies in forest-risk supply chains and the 150 biggest investors in these companies.

Tropical rainforests cover 7% of the earth, but contain 50% of global biodiversity. Their ecosystems regulate global water systems and the climate, and they directly support the livelihoods of over a billion people. The social and economic benefits of these services are estimated to be in the trillions.

Over two thirds of tropical deforestation is driven by the production of a handful of commodities including; palm oil, soya, timber, paper and pulp, beef, and leather. These commodities are in products we use every day and are present in more than 50% of the packaged products in our

Companies and financial institutions have been assessed and ranked in respect to their policies addressing potential deforestation embedded in forest-risk commodity supply chains. The report stated that "the Forest 500 methodology was updated in 2018 to better distinguish between companies who have set commitments, and those that have taken the next step towards implementation. This new methodology has meant that many companies have received lower scores this year."

The Forest 500 ranking and analysis will be repeated annually until 2020, to help inform, enable and track progress towards deforestation free supply chains.

Each company was rated from 0-5, across five categories:

Danone was one of the 350 companies rated in the 2018 report.

It received an overall score of 3. Its scores in each category were as follows:
Intent and awareness 5 out of 5
Commodity policies 3 out of 5
Scope and ambition 4 out of 5
Reporting and implementation 3 out of 5
Social Considerations 2 out 5

The company had signed up to the following collective commitments:

New York Declaration on Forests signatory
Consumer Goods Forum member

It lost half a mark under Habitats and Resources.


Forest 500 - 2018 ranking (April 2019)

In January 2020 Ethical Consumer searched for information on Danone’s use of palm oil. The company's latest (2018) ACOP was downloaded from the Roundtable on Palm Oil website, and the company's website was also searched for more information.

The company had used largely but not entirely RSPO certified palm oil in the last year. 54% of the certified palm oil was certified by the segregated method.

In a seperate document on its website the company listed all of its suppliers, and provided a detailed breakdown of the mills that it sourced from. It also provided details of various positive initiatives that it was involved in, including work with smallholders and action plans for suppliers. It said "We have put in place a traceability system allowing us to map our supply chain each year, with the support of Earthworm (formerly The Forest Trust)."

Overall Danone received Ethical Consumer's best rating for its palm oil policy.


Ethical Consumer Lobby Group member list (7 February 2019)