Jul 11, 2023

Strengthening Bonds: Danone Communities Team Meets the Chairman of Grameen Danone Foods Limited Professor Muhammad Yunus


The Danone Communities team had the immense pleasure of hosting Professor Muhammad Yunus, chairman of Grameen Danone Foods Limited the esteemed 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and inventor of microcredit, at the Danone headquarters this week. The meeting served as a significant opportunity to reinforce the strong relationship that has been built between Danone and Grameen Danone Foods Limited over the past 16 years. This special occasion also provided the team with the chance to engage with Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of Danone, further strengthening the bond between our organizations.

A Joint Effort for Social Good

In 2007, Grameen and Danone came together to address the issue of malnutrition in Bangladesh. The result was the creation of the world’s first corporate social business, Grameen Danone Foods Limited. This initiative perfectly aligns with Danone’s dual project and mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible. By combining our efforts and expertise, we aimed to promote healthy and accessible food for malnourished children, exemplifying our commitment to creating social good.


Driven by a shared vision to foster social entrepreneurship, the collaboration between Danone and Professor Muhammad Yunus, the chairman of Grameen Danone Foods Limited gave rise to Danone Communities. This venture capital fund has been instrumental in positively impacting the lives of over 11 million vulnerable individuals on a daily basis. It has become a significant pillar of our organization, embodying our dedication to nourishing both people and our strategy. 


Relevance in the Present Day

Sixteen years later, the legacy forged through the partnership with Grameen Danone Foods Limited continues to hold immense relevance. As the world faces evolving social and environmental challenges, the work of Danone Communities and Grameen becomes even more crucial. The team remains steadfast in positively impacting vulnerable communities, contributing to our broader strategy and overall mission.

A Commitment to Impactful Change

The meeting between the Danone Communities team and the chairman of Grameen Danone Foods Limited reiterates a shared commitment to fostering social entrepreneurship and creating sustainable solutions. It serves as a reminder of the immense impact we can have when we collaborate to address pressing global issues. The achievements of Danone Communities reflect our collective dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of people worldwide.


The meeting between the Danone Communities team and the Chairman of Grameen Danone Foods Limited was an incredibly significant event. It reinforced the strong bond between our organizations and celebrated the remarkable achievements made possible through our collaboration. As we continue our journey, the legacy established with the Danone Communities team remains an integral part of our organization, shaping our strategy and driving us to make a positive impact on vulnerable communities. With the support and guidance of Prof. Yunus, the Chairman of Grameen Danone Foods Limited and Danone Communities will continue to nourish both individuals and our commitment to social good.


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