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Emmanuel Faber

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Emmanuel Faber
Born (1964-01-22) 22 January 1964 (age 60)
EducationHEC Paris
Occupation(s)Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board, former CEO of Danone

Emmanuel Faber (born 22 January 1964) is a French businessman. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Danone, and the Chairman of the Board of directors. He was subsequently appointed Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board.


Education and early career[edit]

Emmanuel Faber passed his baccalaureat in Gap in the early 1980s.[1] Upon graduation from HEC Paris in 1986, Faber began his career at Bain & Company. He then worked for Barings Bank, before joining Legris Industries in 1993 as Administrative and Financial Director. He became general manager in 1996.[2]

Career at Danone[edit]

Faber joined Danone in 1997 as head of Finance, Strategies and Information Systems. In 2000, he became Chief Financial Officer of Danone and a member of the Executive Committee, appointed as member of the Board of Directors in 2002. In 2005, he was appointed as Vice President, Asia-Pacific region, in charge of operational activities.[3]

Following the encounter of Franck Riboud and Muhammad Yunus, he initiated the social business joint venture Grameen-Danone Foods, Ltd in Bangladesh. At the end of 2006, he oversaw the creation of danone.communities, the first French mutual investment fund carrying social business, and served as Director of the danone.communities mutual investment fund (SICAV) since 2008.

From January 2008 to September 2014, he served as Deputy CEO of Danone, responsible for major corporate functions (Finance, Human Resources...), and was named Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in April 2011.[4]

Invited by Chico Whitaker, he attended the World Social Forum in Belem in 2009.[5]

Faber co-chaired with Martin Hirsch the Action Tank “Business and Poverty”, social experimentation lab, initiated in 2010 by the HEC Paris Chair “Social Business – Enterprise and Poverty”, which gathers companies, civil society organizations and academic spheres together with one common objective: contribute to reducing poverty and exclusion in France.[6]

Between 2011 and 2018, he chaired the Strategic Guidance Committee of IEDES (Institute for Economic and Social Development) of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, which amongst others, published the “Tiers-Monde” journal.

In 2013, at the request of the French Minister of Development, Pascal Canfin, he writes a report with Jay Naidoo on reforming Official Development Assistance : “Mobilizing actors  : a new approach to development aid”.[7]

Together with Michael Lonsdale and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, he was chosen to be one of the three French sponsors of the World Youth Day 2011.[8]

CEO of Danone[edit]

In October 2014, he became the CEO of Danone, succeeding Franck Riboud.[9] According to Le Figaro, Faber's appointment was favoured by Riboud, as likely to preserve the dual model of pursuing both social and economic values, which had been developed in the 1970s by Riboud's father, Antoine, as head of Danone.[10]

In June 2016 Faber gave the commencement address to graduates of HEC where he spoke of the need for people to come together and bring down walls.[11]

Chairman and CEO of Danone[edit]

In 2017, Emmanuel Faber became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Danone in addition to his function of Chief Executive Officer.

That same year, Danone acquired WhiteWave, making the company the world leader in plant-based products, alternatives to animal proteins.[12]

In April 2019, Emmanuel Faber's term of office as Chairman and CEO was renewed.[13] In the following months he took leading positions in several global and industry-wide initiatives. On June 17, 2019, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Consumer Goods Forum, which seeks to pursue purpose and positive change in the consumer goods industry.[14] In August 2019, on the sidelines of the G7, in Biarritz, Emmanuel Faber was mandated by French president Emmanuel Macron to create a coalition of large global companies committed to the inequalities of opportunity, territory and gender. The initiative was sponsored by the OECD.[15] In September 2019, at the UN Climate Action Summit, he announced the creation of the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) business coalition, which aims to protect biodiversity, in particular in the agricultural world.[16]

Faber extended Danone's "multi-stakeholder" model of business, emphasising environmental and social priorities. He championed the idea of includinging a Carbon Adjusted EPS (Earnings Per Share) metric in company reports.[16] In 2020 he won 99% shareholder approval for changing Danone's legal status to an “Entreprise à Mission” to consolidate its social mission.[17] On this he declared they had “toppled one statue of Milton Friedman” (i.e. decisively rejected a profit-only approach).[18]

On March, 14th 2021 he was ousted as chair and CEO by the board of directors.[18]

Following his controversial departure from Danone, Forbes wrote that "Emmanuel Faber will enter history as one of the leading executives promoting stakeholder capitalism and centering core business units around ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) objectives".[19] Time said his work as Danone's chairman and CEO "had made him a star among environmentalists and climate activists".[20]

Compensation at Danone[edit]

In 2012, his annual compensation was €3.9million.[21]

In 2016, his compensation amounted to 4.82 million euros.[22]

On April 25, 2019, during the general meeting of shareholders of Danone, the resolution concerning the approval of his compensation in 2018 of 2.8 million euros was approved at 98%. He also announced that he would give up his Danone retirement package, which amounts to 1.2 million euros per year, in order to only receive the traditional pension of employees.[23]

In May 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, Danone's board of directors accepted Emmanuel Faber's proposal to reduce his fixed compensation by 30% for the rest of 2020 as of July 1, 2019.[24]

Career after Danone[edit]

In October 2021, Faber became a partner at Astanor Ventures, an agritech investment company.[20]

In late 2021, he was appointed Chair of the new International Sustainability Standards Board.[25]


  • Main basse sur la cité ; éthique et entreprise, Hachette 1992
  • Chemins de traverse ; vivre l’économie autrement, Éditions Albin Michel 2011, Prix de l'Humanisme Chrétien
  • Quand la fragilité change tout (Ouvrage collectif), Albin Michel 2013


  1. ^ "Emmanuel Faber, le patron du CAC 40 qui voulait faire le bien". Le Monde.fr. 29 September 2014.
  2. ^ Emmanuel Faber - Président-directeur général de Danone à partir d'octobre 2014, LSA Conso, September 9, 2014
  3. ^ "Groupe Danone Strengthens Management Structure in Asia-Pacific". FLEXNEWS. 2005-04-22. Archived from the original on 2016-06-17.
  4. ^ Danone - Emmanuel Faber, BusinessWeek
  5. ^ Emmanuel Faber, Danone CEO: on the alert for blind spots, FT.com, April 4, 2016
  6. ^ Join forces to alleviate social problems and poverty in France Archived 2018-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, Action Tank Entreprise et Pauvreté
  7. ^ Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international. "Innover par la mobilisation des acteurs : une nouvelle approche de l'aide au développement : rapport d'Emmanuel Faber et Jay Naidoo". France Diplomatie :: Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  8. ^ Emmanuel Faber, l’atypique nouveau patron de Danone, L'Usine Nouvelle, September 03, 2014
  9. ^ Emmanuel Faber, le joker de Danone, Les Echos, October 01, 2014
  10. ^ "Danone : Emmanuel Faber, le compagnon de route de Franck Riboud". lefigaro.fr. 3 September 2014.
  11. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Emmanuel Faber Speech - HEC Graduation Ceremony 2016 [English Version]. YouTube.
  12. ^ "Danone seals the deal with WhiteWave". www.foodbusinessnews.net. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  13. ^ "Danone press release" (PDF).
  14. ^ Cornall, Jim (2019-06-17). "Danone CEO elected co-chair of Consumer Goods Forum board". Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  15. ^ "Top global firms commit to tackling inequality by joining Business for Inclusive Growth coalition - OECD". www.oecd.org. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  16. ^ a b Van Gansbeke, Frank (2021-03-20). "Downfall Of Danone CEO Faber". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  17. ^ "Danone: les actionnaires acceptent à plus de 99% le statut d'entreprise à mission". Challenges (in French). 26 June 2020. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  18. ^ a b Abboud, Leila (2021-03-15). "Danone board ousts Emmanuel Faber as chief and chairman". Financial Times. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  19. ^ Van Gansbeke, Frank (2021-03-20). "Sustainability And The Downfall Of Danone CEO Faber (1/2)". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  20. ^ a b Walt, Vivienne (2021-11-21). "A Top CEO Was Ousted After Making His Company More Environmentally Conscious. Now He's Speaking Out". Time. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  21. ^ "Rémunérations de M Emmanuel Faber (sur Edubourse.com)". Edubourse.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Emmanuel Faber Net Worth (2020) – wallmine.com". fr.wallmine.com (in French). Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  23. ^ DANONE (2019-04-25). "Danone: 2019 Danone Shareholders' Meeting: approval of all resolutions". GlobeNewswire News Room (Press release). Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  24. ^ Conso, L. S. A. (20 May 2020). "[Coronavirus] Danone renforce ses engagements". lsa-conso.fr (in French). Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  25. ^ Jones, Huw (2021-12-16). "Former Danone CEO to chair global climate disclosures body". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-04-16.