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4 Dec 2015


Danone’s approach to climate change leaves sour taste

Oxfam was disappointed by the weakness of French food giant Danone’s new climate change policy, released ahead of the climate negotiations in Paris. Oxfam said that the company’s policy does not address the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that farmers and communities can prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change...The company’s weak policies are in stark contrast to a key competitor in the yogurt sector, General Mills, owner of the Yoplait brand. Following Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign, General Mills committed to and set an absolute science-based reduction target that included its entire value chain...The company has not committed to providing farmers with fair deals to enable them to earn a living income nor a strategy for adapting to changing weather patterns.  Instead, the new policy addresses resilience by putting the onus on consumers to change their diets and purchasing habits rather than on shifting the company's supply chain practices...“Small-scale farmers bear the brunt of climate change impacts and struggle with insufficient incomekkl”  said van [Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign manager Monique van Zijl].