Danone has taken on a worldwide initiative to train our employees with a common leadership model – CODE. The Danone Leadership CODE is based on four key principles:
Committed: Inspire and "be" the vision: build and share an ambitious future, lead by example. Commit to creating breakthrough results: challenge status quo.
Open: Listen with empathy and talk straight: interact with proximity, develop authentic relationships through generous listening, and value different opinions. Connect inside and outside: demonstrate curiosity, break silos, network outside Dannon.
Doer: Take responsibility and risk to show the way forward: experiment, speak up, make tough decisions. Act with speed, agility and pragmatism: solve complex problems with smart, pragmatic solutions, set priorities, show resilience and tenacity.
Empowered: Engage and align teams: mobilize toward common goals, empower through trust, give constructive feedback. Coach and harness diverse talent: be passionate for people growth, demonstrate healthy ambition, seek feedback on oneself.
Humanism: Sharing, dialogue, transparency and teamwork in management-employee relations. Responsibility: concern for the environment, local communities, health and safety. Respect for others: respect for all differences.
Openness: Curiosity: awareness, imagination, refusal of prejudice. Agility: speed, adaptability. Simplicity: a pragmatic, informal management style.
Proximity: Accessibility: an approachable, straightforward management style. Credibility: being true to oneself and taking responsibility for one’s decisions and actions. Empathy: the willingness to reach out to customers, suppliers and consumers and to build ties beyond mere buying and selling.
Enthusiasm: Boldness: capacity to take risks and overcome failure. Passion: a sense of conviction, pleasure in work, the ability to surpass oneself. Appetite for challenge: enthusiasm for growing and taking the lead.