Danone Waters of America, the U.S. and Canadian importer and distributor of evian® natural spring water, Badoit® sparkling natural mineral water and Volvic® natural spring water, announces today that the company has achieved B Corp™ Certification and is now a public benefit corporation (PBC). Achieving B Corp Certification and incorporating as a PBC represent the company’s commitment to meeting high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
“We are proud to have confirmed through the rigorous assessment of the ways we are already using business as a force for good, in line with Danone’s vision One Planet. One Health and are even more excited by the opportunity to challenge ourselves to continually improve as a new member of the B Corp community,” said Antoine Portmann, General Manager, Danone Waters of America. “We aim to use our B Corp Certification and status as a PBC to engage business partners, stakeholders and the consumers of our iconic brands like evian around this important movement.”
Today’s announcement marks an important step in Danone’s journey to become one of the first multinational food companies to become fully B Corp Certified, with now 100% of Danone’s fully owned subsidiaries in the U.S. being part of a Certified B Corporation. In total, 14 entities of Danone have been officially certified including Danone Waters of America, Aguas Danone Argentina, Alpro, Blédina, Aqua Indonesia, Danone Canada, Danone Egypt, Danone Iberia, Danone Manifesto Ventures, Danone North America, Danone UK, Grameen Danone, Happy Family Organics, and Les Pres Rient Bio in France.
To obtain B Corp Certification, companies must complete a B Impact Assessment and earn an audited minimum score of 80 out of 200 possible points and recertify—with the aim to continuously improve—every three years. Danone Waters of America achieved a score of 81.7.
In addition to becoming a Certified B Corporation, Danone Waters of America strives to be a champion of sustainability, supporting major actions to drive the step change needed to preserve the environment. In 2017, evian achieved certification by The Carbon Trust as a carbon neutral brand in its bottling site as well as in the U.S. and Canada. In 2018, the brand announced a commitment to making its bottles from 100% recycled plastic by 2025 (excluding labels and caps) adopting a circular approach to its packaging, and an investment with the Closed Loop Fund to support recycling infrastructure.
“The B Corp community is proud to have Danone’s leadership as we all work together to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy,” said Jose Eduardo Guzzardi of B Lab, the global nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations. “With nearly 3,000 B Corps in over 150 industries and 60 countries, B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business—and inspire the next generation of business leaders in the process.”
For more information about B Corp, please visit www.bcorporation.net.
To see the B Corp profile for Danone Waters of America, please visit www.bcorporation.net/directory/danone-waters-of-america-inc.