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Danone passed USD $20 billion in sales in 2012 through smart acquisitions and divestitures, as well as organic growth. The company cites a “time of transition” as it focuses on organizational efficiencies, global sourcing, and European growth. The most notable sustainability effort in 2012 was reaching the milestone of a five-year commitment to reduce carbon intensity by 30 percent, which they over-delivered by a commendable 5 percent, all while increasing the number of products manufactured and sold. This is just one example of how the manufacturer of well-known brands like Evian and Volvic has embedded sustainability into business performance in recent years, even linking measures to executive incentives. Danone products depend, to a large extent, on natural ecosystems, so it’s in the company’s best interest to make care for the environment an integral part of its business. Another sustainability goal—bringing healthy food to as many people as possible—has spurred global sales growth of 50 percent from 2007 to 2012, or 600 million to 900 million people, due to accessible pricing and distribution in emerging countries. This earned the company a first-place rank in the Access to Nutrition Index. It’s not just about bringing food; Danone continues to support the Livelihoods Fund to benefit poor rural communities, as well as educate communities on health and wellness.