Danone Waters

Water is life

Our mission is to bring healthy hydration and safe drinking water to people throughout the world, in a way that preserves natural resources and improves lives, now and for generations to come.

Our business by numbers

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In the UK

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We act for water

Our WeActForWater programme is a set of urgent actions, ambitious objectives and new investments, and is fundamental to how we operate. Click on the titles below to find out more.

 

CLIMATE

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PACKAGING

Packaging is essential to bringing water and its health benefits to people, and this needs to be done in the most responsible way. Plastic pollution is an important issue. The system for plastic packaging needs to evolve and we want to be a part of the solution. We are working with experts to invest in the circular economy of packaging, keeping bottles in the loop and out of nature so that plastic can be recycled and reused.

We are committed to use 100% recycled plastic across our brands and rages by 2025. As part of this journey, we are supporting recycling infrastructures and exploring solutions beyond plastic.

Danone’s water brands are accelerating our packaging transformation beyond plastic and single-use materials by:

  • Co-building highly efficient bottle collection systems in all countries where we operate, collaborating with government, industries and consumers to ensure no bottle is used only once
  • Investing in new recycling technologies
  • Exploring alternative packaging materials and taking a holistic view on their potential environmental footprint
  • Developing more reuse and refill solutions – almost half of Danone’s water brands’ volumes are already sold in reusable formats

Here in the UK, we will continue to:

  • Actively support the implementation of a Deposit Return Scheme to increase the UK recycling rate to a minimum of 90%
  • Collaborate with expert partners such as Loop, Hubbub, The Ocean Cleanup and Plastic Patrol to accelerate our packaging transformation

What we achieved in 2020

  • Introduced 100% recycled plastic in all evian on-the-go products in the UK
  • Launched new large packaging formats (above 5L), made with 100% recycled plastic. This reduces the usage of plastic per litre by 20% to 40%
  • Introduced 100% recycled plastic for all Volvic products in Germany and all evian and Volvic small formats in France

2025 targets

In the UK we are committed to:

  • Eliminating virgin plastic from evian and Volvic bottles by 2025

Worldwide we will:

  • Halve the amount of virgin plastic used
  • Achieve 50% recycled plastic use 
  • Achieve 100% recycled plastic across Europe and 100% recycled plastic worldwide for evian’s bottles
  • Achieve 100% recyclability (from 88% today)

CARBON NEUTRALITY

We are accelerating our progress to reduce carbon emissions and become carbon neutral.

Danone is determined to help an industry-wide transition to a low-carbon economy. This is why we pledged in our 2015 Climate Policy to become carbon neutral by 2050 across our full value chain. Our zero net carbon commitment means that we are responsible for the carbon emissions from where we source our water to the facilities that manage our packaging after consumption.

Danone’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality has four pillars:

  1. Reduce emissions
  2. Transform agricultural practices to sequester more carbon in the ground
  3. Eliminate deforestation from our supply chain
  4. Offset the emissions that remain

What we achieved in 2020

evian and Volvic both achieved carbon neutral certification from the Carbon Trust. This was achieved by:

  • evian continuously measuring and reducing carbon emissions at each stage of their bottle’s life cycle: from the materials used, to production, transportation and recycling.
  • Volvic actions included switching to 100% renewable energy at their natural mineral water bottling site, evolving their packaging, using lower carbon transport alternatives and protecting natural ecosystems through their partnership with South Pole.

2025 targets

  • All Danone water brands to be fully carbon neutral across Europe by 2025

WATER ACCESS AND PRESERVATION

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ACCESS

We are working with partners to provide access to safe drinking water to vulnerable people and communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. As human populations grow, water scarcity has become a serious societal and environmental problem. Under our ‘One Planet. One Health’ frame of action, we continue our work to bring safe drinking water to as many people as possible.

What we achieved in 2020

  • Volvic became the first Danone water brand to match every plain litre sold with access to safe drinking water in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Signed the WASH pledge for access to safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at the workplace
  • Provided €10m capital to establish the W2AF Water Access Acceleration Fund

2030 targets

  • The Water Access Acceleration Fund (W2AF) will build on the work of Danone Communities. The fund will contribute to bringing health through water to 50m people and aims to raise €50m. Danone has contributed €10m.
  • For every litre of water Danone sells, we will continue to help provide access to one litre of safe drinking water to people in need

PRESERVATION

We have been preserving the watersheds around evian and Volvic, working with an internal network of hydrogeologists and investing in local partnerships. Our goals are to to enhance biodiversity, improve livelihoods and provide more sustainable water resources.

Our commitment is longstanding. In 1998 the Danone Group and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands signed the first partnership agreement between a private company and a global environmental convention, leading to the Danone-Evian Fund for Water and the Danone Fund for Nature. These funds support the Convention’s work to raise awareness and promote the sustainable use and management of wetlands as a source of water.  

What we achieved in 2020

  • Danone’s water brands have accelerated their preservation programmes in the 70 watersheds we operate in
  • Began programmes requiring suppliers to set up water management plans
  • Volvic announced its contribution to support the continued protection of 2 billion meters of natural ecosystems.

2030 targets

  • By focusing on ingredients in highly water-stressed areas, reduce total water use by 25% through better irrigation management
  • Full water stewardship programmes will cover 25 watersheds by 2025 and 46 watersheds by 2030
  • Build preservation or restoration plans for 100% of the 55 watersheds in the highly water-stressed areas where we operate


B CORP

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All Danone water brands will seek B Corp certification worldwide by 2022, joining the global movement to build a more sustainable and inclusive economy.

In December 2020, Danone Waters UK and Ireland certified as a B Corp, demonstrating high standards of social and environmental performance.
 
  • Seven Danone water businesses are B Corp certified - Harrogate Waters (UK), Danone Waters UK and Ireland, Danone Waters America (US and Canada); Danone Waters Spain; Danone Waters Germany; Aguas Danone Argentina; AQUA (Indonesia). They account for more than one third of Danone’s water brand’s turnover
  • Two Danone water brands are B Corp Certified - Volvic and Harrogate Waters

Danone's water brands in the UK