External Evaluations

Top 3 performing companies

On 23rd of May 2018, the third edition of the global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) was released by the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF).

This new edition ranks Danone among the top 3 performing food companies, along with Unilever and Nestlé.

Access to Nutrition Index

In 2017, Danone was recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices -which each year selects the best performing companies based on criteria such as social responsibility, innovation and economic performance- as a benchmark company in the food and beverage sector, particularly in terms of packaging, environmental reporting and health and nutrition. In 2017, Danone scored 70/100 for its previous year performance.


In 2017, Danone was rated AAA by the MSCI ESG Research according to its outstanding performance on Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) issues.

The MSCI ESG Research is designed to identify sustainability's stakes to be integrated into investment descision making.

Danone has been upgraded from AA in 2015 to AAA in 2016, owing to very good scores in the following areas: toxic emissions & waste, carbon emissions, raw materials sourcing, health & safety, nutrition & health and corporate governance.

In June 2016, Danone entered the FTSE4Good Index, a global responsible investment index designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. FTSEGood Index is based upon independently reviewed standards of environmental commitments, social practices and governance. Danone’s entrance shows the recognition of the company’s focus on doing business in a sustainable way. This means delivering economic, social and environmental value to all the communities with whom it operates around the world. In 2018, Danone remains a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series.


FTSE4Good Index

Danone is also included in the Ethibel Index, which provides potential investors with an overview of companies that are leaders in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.

Lately, Danone has been reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe and the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Global since 20/03/2017.

In March 2017, Danone was awarded with the “Prime” Status by the OEKOM Corporate Rating, which evaluates companies’ Corporate Responsibility performance using a comprehensive and mainly industry specific approach.

Danone obtained a C+ rating and was particularly well rated in terms of equal opportunities and non-discrimination, climate change strategy and strategy to minimize food waste. Danone positioned itself among the industry leaders.

Since the latest evaluation of food and beverage sector’s companies in 2018 by the extra-financial rating agency Vigeo Eiris, Danone was given the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) score of 68/100, is considered as an “advanced performer” and remains the leader in the food and beverage sector in terms of environmental performance (Vigeo Eiris's Global Food Universe). In addition, since their latest update in November 2017, Danone has been included in the ESI Excellence Europe, ESI Excellence Global, Euronext Vigeo Eiris Europe 120, Euronext Vigeo Eiris Eurozone 120, Euronext Vigeo Eiris France 20 and Euronext Vigeo World 120.


Danone is included in several indices of ECPI, an investment and sustainability advisory services provider since 1997.

ECPI assesses and selects companies thanks to a rule-based approach which involves almost 100 environmental, social and governance (ESG) key performance indicators.

In 2016, Danone was included in the following indices: ECPI Global Agriculture Liquid, ECPI Global Science for Life, ECPI World ESG Equity, ECPI Global Megatrend 100, ECPI Global Longevity Winners Equity ECPI Global Livestock GD, ECPI Global Developed ESG Best in Class, ECPI Euro ESG Equity, ECPI EMU Ethical Equity, ECPI Global Ethical Equity, ECPI Euro Ethical Equity.

In 2016, Danone received for the fourth year in a row the maximum score of 5/5 in the Forest500 ranking of the Global Canopy Program. It remains ranked among the 6 best companies worldwide.

Forest 500 Companies

Since 2015, Danone has become a part or BBFAW (a Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare).


Danone has participated in the CDP Water Disclosure since it was created in 2010.

This program seeks to gather critical data from the world’s largest companies on water shortages and related issues.

This global database facilitates access to vital information on the sustainable use of water.

In 2017, Danone remains at the Leadership level for the second year with a score of A (A List).

CDP – Water Disclosure

Danone participated in the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD), which primarily aims to mitigate the growing effects of deforestation. This global rating, created by the CDP, assesses the impact that very large companies have on forests, based on their use of five raw materials: soy, palm oil, wood and paper pulp, animal feed and biofuels. Danone was able to report the data necessary for this evaluation based on its Forest Policy published in 2012, illustrating the company's concern for its impact on the upstream part of the value chain.

In 2017, Danone was rated B (Management) for its soy policy, its timber policy and its palm oil policy.

CDP - Forest Footprint Disclosure

In 2017, Danone was rated A- (Leadership) for its climate change policy.

CDP – Climate Disclosure

Danone was selected in 2019 in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for publicly leading the way toward more equal, inclusive workplaces.

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index