Karin Van Den Brekel
Life Science and Health Care Global Manager, GEFCO
In 2017 global food and beverage company Danone announced a new company signature, One Planet, One Health, with a view to creating positive influence while empowering people and facilitating the transition for the people who source, produce, and buy its products.
“The current crisis has made evident what we already knew, that our health and the health of the planet are one and are deeply interconnected,” Galindo tells Business Insider. “I am convinced this will enable new behaviors, innovation, and definitely a different way of doing business, one that ensures a more sustainable, equitable, and healthier future for all.”
Danone started this journey long ago and will continue to play its part in the transition to build a more sustainable food system. “Food is at the crossroads of health and sustainability,” Galindo says. “It is the largest source of change at a planet scale and one where everyone has a role and the chance to take action.”
Danone's Evian brand recently revealed a new recyclable bottle for its mineral water that is label-free and made from 100% recycled PET (apart from the cap).
Continuing the company’s mission is certainly not going to be easy, says Galindo, who’s been Danone’s global sustainability director since 2018, after training in industrial engineering and specializing in water (via an Oxford MBA) “as the crisis will leave many challenges to overcome.” But, she adds, “together we can create a more resilient and sustainable growth model so that business can and should be a force for good in the world.”