In 2016, Danone significantly revised its policy to align it more fully with the wording of the Articles of The Code. However, like those of industry peers, the policy omits a commitment linked to WHA resolution 58.32 to provide information and labeling regarding the potential presence of pathogenic micro-organisms in its products. Additionally, the policy wording relating to donations of educational and informational materials (Article 4) are not completely aligned with The Code.
The company’s governance, managerial arrangements and approval procedures at the global level are strong and appear to be consistently applied. As the company is still in the process of updating its instructions to staff to align to the new policy, it has not achieved a comparable score with the 2016 Index in this area.
Danone achieved the joint highest score of the six companies with a BMS 2 score of 33%. This reflects a high level of compliance in Nigeria, but a low level of compliance in Thailand. The company’s level of compliance with the Articles assessed by the methodology (through observation rather than recall) was significantly better in Nigeria than Thailand. Three incidences of noncompliance were identified in Nigeria in relation to three products, but 612 were found in Thailand in relation to 39 products (615 incidences of non-compliance in total, relating to 42 products).
More details on BMS 2 can be found in the respective in-country assessment report here.
The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.
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