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SDG 2 - Zero hunger

SDG2 is, first and foremost, about ending hunger.

Food security, nutrition, and agriculture are other key aspects of the goal. Unlike most other goals, we have chosen to rate the achievement of this goal based on only one indicator, representing whether we succeed in ending hunger.


With one indicator only, the conclusion on the goal equals the conclusion on the following target: By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. The indicator chosen to demonstrate this is the proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption.

Thus, ROW and BRISE get a red rating, and China, OECD, and USA a green rating. The uncertainty is highest for BRISE, which could succeed in reducing hunger sufficiently to get a yellow or green rating.

Understanding the score

Five regions: USA, OECD (excl. USA), China, BRISE (Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa and 10 other emerging economies), ROW (rest of the world).
Green light: Goal likely to be reached.
Orange light: Goal not likely to be reached, but more than 50% of the gap between today's status and the goal is likely to be closed.
Red light: Goal not likely to be reached, and less than 50% of the gap between today's status and the goal is likely to be closed.

Danone: Healthier food, healthier planet

Danone's mission is to “bring health through food to as many people as possible”. As part of this commitment, the company has taken the strategic decision to build a health-driven products portfolio, focusing only on healthy categories. Some 88% of Danone's total sales in 2015 were generated in healthy categories based on official public health recommendations. The company calls its core business ‘Alimentation’: expressing the belief that nourishment goes beyond foods and beverages and should be considered in its broadest sense, including nutrition, taste, social and cultural dimensions.

“The 17 targets are closely interlinked, and achieving one goal will often require – and contribute towards – success within other goals. Furthermore, looking at SDG 2, it is our belief that it cannot be sustainably achieved if it does not go beyond hunger: among others, we need to address all forms of malnutrition, ensure sustainable production cycles and regain biodiversity,” says Danone's CEO, Emmanuel Faber.

Danone is in the process of developing new goals for the company involving all 17 SDGs as organizing principles for its business.

“We are designing new goals for the company that will go further than just delivering growth and profit,” says Faber. “We are fully aware that we won't be able to reach these company goals by ourselves and need to do it with friends and partners. We have a very powerful tool with our Manifesto that gathers all the Danone people around a global vision. This vision is open to anybody who is interested in joining us to build an alimentation revolution.”

For the complete forecast on SDG 2: Zero hunger and the full Danone story, download the report.

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