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Grameen Danone Foods Ltd.

Grameen Danone Foods Ltd. est le projet historique de danone.communities. Premier d'une série de projets de social business, Grameen Danone Foods est le fruit de la rencontre de deux hommes, Franck Riboud et Muhammad Yunus, qui ont constaté que leur métier respectif avait le même objectif : réduire la pauvreté dans le monde.

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Améliorer la santé des enfants grâce à un yaourt enrichi en micronutriments   Tout commence avec la rencontre en octobre 2005 de Franck Riboud, PDG du Groupe Danone et de Muhammad Yunus, fondateur de la Grameen Bank et depuis, prix Nobel de la Paix 2006. Les deux hommes échangent longuement sur leurs idées et leurs convictions respectives à propos du développement des pays pauvres, et découvrent que leurs savoir-faire sont ...

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The GDFL early story, told by Richard Branson : “Profit is not all that matters”

anonymous user

on the Thursday, 26 April, 2012 - 17:07

Richard Branson is an entrepreneur. His biography on Wikipedia mentions the 400 businesses he created. On Business Day, he tells the story of the beginning of Grameen Danone Foods Ltd, the first social business of danone.communities, based on the idea of Muhammad Yunus and Franck Riboud. It is very interesting to see how such an entrepreneur describes the early weeks and months of GDFL. This is why we decided to publish a large part of the article. (Find the original article here).


"SCREW it, let’s do it," is my mantra. When you are throwing out the rule book and starting afresh — particularly if you’re focused on doing social and environmental good, and not just on profits — sometimes you just have to leap. One successful business that took this approach is Grameen Danone, a joint venture between Danone, the international health and nutrition company, and Grameen Bank, a micro-finance and community development organisation based in Bangladesh.


In October 2005, Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and a creator of the concept of micro-credit, was invited to meet with Franck Riboud, the CEO of Danone, along with seven other high-level officers at the company. Yunus was not told what the agenda would be, but he hoped this leading entrepreneur might want to help with the goal of eradicating poverty, which Grameen Bank was working to accomplish by lending small sums of money to small enterprises and to individuals, to help people launch businesses and otherwise improve their situations.


Matthieu Dardaillon

Grameen Danone is looking for a 'Milk Strategic Sourcing VIE'

Matthieu Dardaillon

on the Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 13:35


Grameen Danone is a social business that started in 2007. The objectives of GRAMEEN DANONE are to bring health through nutrition to many children as possible, and to have a positive social impact on poor local communities by creating employment, income and skills. Grameen Danone produces and distribues fortified yoghurt in Bangladesh.


Grameen Danone is looking for a VIE (Volontariat International en Entreprise) for 12 months (01/07/2012 - 01/07/2013), based in Bogra/Dhaka, Bangladesh. We are looking for someone with an engineer profile, with a special interest in social business



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Matthieu Dardaillon

Planète d’Entrepreneurs, visiting Bangladesh, published an article on Grameen Danone

Matthieu Dardaillon

on the Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 11:42

Visiting Bangladesh in January 2012, Planète d’Entrepreneurs visited the facilities of Grameen Danone Foods Ltd. and summarized the activities of the social business in this publication. The article summarizes in a synthetic way the meeting between Yunus and Franck Riboud in 2005, the birth of the social business in 2006, the results so far and the challenges for tomorrow.


The association Planète d’Entrepreneurs was established in March 2009 to help social entrepreneurs develop operational tools to assess their social impact. The goal of the association is to participate in the emergence of new indicators to measure performance in order to improve and demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative economic and social models to the general public, and especially students. The association therefore seeks to democratize impact measurement tools, because they are crucial to the development and recognition of social entrepreneurship.

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Grameen Danone Foods Ltd.

Grameen Danone Foods Ltd.

BangladeshNew frontiers
Au Bangladesh, presque un enfant sur deux est en situation de malnutrition. 80 000 yaourts sont vendus par jour. 305 emplois directs, 475 fermiers indépendants et un réseau de 500 "ladies".
Grameen Danone Foods Ltd est né en 2006, de la volonté de Pr. Yunus et Franck Riboud. La première usine a ouvert ses portes en 2007, et en 2014, le nouveau produit Shokti+ pocket est lancé.

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