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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-13/222 – measures in France

Danone guarantees jobs and salaries to all its employees for 3 months

Danone garantit emplois et salaires pendant 3 mois et salaires pendant 3 mois

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 26 March 2020 – 30 June 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Measure added 31 March 2020 (updated 10 May 2020)

Background information

The President of the company DANONE announced on french radio that the group will guarantee wages and employment for all employees for the next three months. He also said that a bonus of €1,000 will be paid to 5,000 French employees on site. Also he proposed to help the 15,000 small enterprises that are related to the group Danone with a recovery plan of €250 million, taken from the Danone funds. Besides, Danone has made a gift of masks and 100,000 bottles of Evian water of 33c l as for use as containers for the sanitizer.

Content of measure

The President of the Group Danone, Emmanuel Faber, announced that wages and employment contracts will be guaranteed for all employees for the next 3 months as well as a bonus of €1,000 to be paid to 5,000 french employees on site. Also he proposed to help the 15,000 small enterprises that are related to the group Danone with a recovery plan of 250 millions Euros, taken from the Danone funds. The food giant employs more than 100,000 people, including 9,000 in France, to manufacture dairy and vegetable products, bottled water, baby food and medical food. In France, the CEO of Danone promised, in the event of recourse to partial unemployment measures for supply disruption in a factory or in the event of inability of people to move, to cover 'the whole of the income ... Danone will compensate and ensure that the employees do not lose anything'.

Normally, in France, when a company is forced by the health crisis to limit its activity, the State pays up to 85% of wages. Some companiesm, like Danone, provide the complement.

Use of measure

€1,000 will be paid to 5,000 French employees on site. 15,000 small enterprises that are related to the group Danone will benefit of a recovery plan of €250 million, taken from the Danone funds.

Contents

  • Bonuses
  • Income protection

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

No involvement known from social partners.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Danone guarantees jobs and salaries to all its employees for 3 months, measure FR-2020-13/222 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FR-2020-13_222.html

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