Investing in People and Learning to Foster a Climate Resilient and Green Transition

Through UN CC:Learn, UNITAR partners with Danone bringing education on climate change to drive sustainable change

26 June 2018 | Paris/Geneva

For the first time, UNITAR partners with a private company to build a core set of knowledge that will help promote conservation, restoration and safeguarding of our planet, while encouraging Danone employees to take concrete action. Through UN CC:Learn, UNITAR and Danone will develop a learning program on climate change for Danone employees. This core set will be integrated in a larger internal learning platform with extensive resources related to Danone’s vision and goals. Overall, this partnership nourishes the global ambition of the company to empower its teams so that they can drive sustainable change.

Initial deliverables in the multi-year partnership include:

  • From June 26, 2018, launch of a unique “One Planet. One Health” learning platform for Danone employees using UNITAR e-learning resources from www.unccelearn.org;
  • Creation of specific features for Danone employees, namely introductory courses on climate change and green economy;
  • Co-building of an e-learning module tailored to fit Danone's "One Planet. One Health" vision;
  • Live training experiences delivered by UNITAR to Danone teams;
  • Danone joining the UN CC:Learn Steering Committee in 2019.

"I am truly delighted to be able to launch this initiative. The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) is a growing initiative that seeks to promote global climate literacy for all. The corporate world has a huge and important role to play in achieving this outcome", said Angus Mackay, Head of the UN CC:Learn Secretariat.

Earlier this year, Danone introduced nine goals, aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, to drive long-term sustainable value creation and deliver its ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision. As a founding act for its goals, Danone launched ‘One Person, One Voice, One Share’ – a governance and employee engagement model to empower employees to co-own the company agenda, and actively participate in bringing these goals to life.

Today, as a starting point for this participative journey, Danone inaugurates its internal learning platform with extensive sharing and learning resources related to the company vision and goals. This will include content derived from UN CC:e-Learn. All Danone employees will have the opportunity to learn more, better understand and build on the issues, challenges and opportunities that come with its 2030 goals.

“We want to empower our teams to co-create and co-own our collective future. Danone leans on its strong heritage and every day, people at Danone demonstrate a strong engagement to bring our mission and our vision to life. We firmly believe that offering easily accessible learning opportunities on environmental and community-related issues is a great way to help them leverage concrete action to transform the company, at their scale. Today, we are very proud to join forces with UNITAR, as well as other like-minded partners, to achieve this ambition”, said Bertrand Austruy, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and General Secretary of Danone.

For more information, please contact:

  • Daniela Albuquerque, UNITAR, Green Development and Climate Change Programme, Division for Planet, +41 22 917 8277
  • Marion Cocherel and Garance Vidart, DANONE, Media relations,  press.relations@danone.com, +33 1 44 35 20 75

About DANONE 

Dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible, Danone is a leading global food & beverage company built on four businesses: Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Waters, Early Life Nutrition and Advanced Medical Nutrition. Danone aims to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking practices, in line with its vision - Danone, One Planet. One Health - which reflects a strong belief that the health of people and the health of the planet are interconnected. Building on health-focused categories, Danone commits to operating in an efficient and responsible manner to create and share sustainable value. Danone holds itself to the highest standards in doing business, as reflected by its ambition to become one of the first multinationals certified as B Corp. With products sold in over 120 markets, Danone generated sales of €24.7 billion in 2017. Danone’s portfolio includes leading international brands (Actimel, Activia, Alpro, Aptamil, Danette, Danio, Danonino, evian, Nutricia, Nutrilon, Volvic, among others) as well as strong local and regional brands (including AQUA, Blédina, Bonafont, Cow & Gate, Horizon, Mizone, Oikos, Prostokvashino, Silk, Vega). Listed on Euronext Paris and on the OTCQX market via an ADR (American Depositary Receipt) program, Danone is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Vigeo Eiris, the Ethibel Sustainability Index, MSCI Global Sustainability, MSCI Global SRI Indexes and the FTSE4Good Index.

Learn more about Danone’s 2030 Goals and ‘One Person, One Voice, One Share’ program.

About UNITAR

An autonomous UN body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System, UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities. UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme (GCP) develops methodologies, executes training, supports learning strategies, and facilitates knowledge-sharing with the goal to strengthen capacities in developing countries to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and to advance a green, low emission and climate resilient transition. The Programme also hosts the Secretariats of the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn).

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).