Vice-President Nature & Cycles Sustainability, Danone

Jean-Christophe LAUGEE entered Danone in 1998 as Industrial Human Resources Manager within the Early Life Nutrition division after 6 years as Business and Labor Lawyer. In 2002 he joined Danone Russia as Human Resources Director. Then, in 2007 he took the position of Danone Sustainable Integration Director. He was appointed Danone Social Innovation and Ecosystem Fund Director in 2009 – a 100-million euro fund designed to strengthen and develop the activity of stakeholders who act closely with Danone local subsidiaries on economic, social and territorial matters.

He deployed the sustainable sourcing strategy of this procurement Dairy entity. In March 2016 he has been appointed Danone VP Nature & Cycles Sustainability and General Manager of Danone Ecosystem Fund.

He also gives lectures in several Business Schools and Universities around circular economy and inclusive growth topics (Oxford Said Business School, HEC, ESSEC Sciences Po Paris).

“Co-creation is necessary at each step of social innovation. The scalability and replication of pilot projects are requiring stronger cooperation between For profit and Public organizations. Some learnings from our co-creation process in Danone Ecosystem to build a strong partnership: a clear alignment on the impact and the transformation expected, a robust governance to co-decide, shared financial risks through cofunding. Finally, the last essential goal of cooperation to scale is to consolidate common knowledge between actors, in order to build more efficiently on existing models“