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(Japanese Required) Public Affairs and Sustainability Manager

  • Posted: 16 Aug 2023
  • General Secretary
  • Tokyo
  • Japan

About the job


Strategize Sustainability / PA program(s) for Danone Japan, leveraging B Corp certification and aligning with Danone Japan’s vision. Anticipate and tackle major public issues relevant to the business context, provide insights into business in a timely manner, and advocate to navigate Danone’s business, by managing relations with external specific influential stakeholders relevant to Danone Japan’s business priorities: public authorities, policy makers, NGOs, industry/trade associations and scientific KOLs as well as DANONE INSTITUTE OF JAPAN FOUNDATION (DIJF)  https://www.danone-institute.or.jp/




Main responsibilities

  • Develop 3-year B Corp Certification Cycle Strategic (Improvement) Plan as well as promote Danone Way project (Danone’s sustainability expectations), aligning with the global GS PA team
  • Animate Danone Japan Vision internally and externally, closely collaborating with Communications function and DIJF
  • Closely work with Global PA team to implement/localize global wide project(s) as a project leader, assessing the value of the projects and impact on Danone Japan
  • Work in close collaboration with the Communication function to secure stakeholder support and build alliances with industry partners and/or NGOs; represent us in trade associations and stakeholder platforms, leveraging existing opportunities or creating new ones, and mobilizing resources
  • Monitor, engage and advocate on a portfolio of priority policies focused on plastics, packaging, circular economy, food systems, climate, nature and seek new innovative and collaborative ways to advocate so that the company can be influential in these areas

About you

CAPABILITY PROFILE – Required Background

Education background

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced Degree in public policy, international affairs, Journalism /Communications and/or similar preferred.

Technical Skills and Experiences required

  • Min. 8 years of related professional/Public Affairs and/or Communications experience gained in Japan in a similar role preferably in a multinational company or, a Public Affairs firm, PR agency or industry association.
  • Significant experience and network in public affairs, environment, sustainability, food and consumer health policy issues; leading advocacy campaigns / event management and working in cross-functional team and business leaders
  • Experience in working in a matrix organization and leadership without a direct mandate both as a team member and a single contributor
  • Experience of company representation in industry/trade associations


Competencies to be successful on the job


  • Work in close collaboration with the Communications function to secure stakeholder support on various projects internally/externally
  • Build alliances with industry partners and/or NGOs; represent us in trade associations and stakeholder platforms, leveraging existing opportunities or creating new ones, and mobilizing resources
  • Strong interest in and knowledge of sustainability, ESG, creating shared value (CSV), CSR, community development and social impact
  • Ability to inspire and engage KOL in Danone’s interests
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills as well as flexibility to manage complexity/ambiguity

About us


Dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible, Danone is a leading global food & beverage company built on three businesses: Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Waters and Specialized Nutrition.


At Danone, we aim to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking practices, in line with our vision - Danone, One Planet. One Health - which reflects a strong belief that the health of people and the health of the planet are interconnected. We deliberately concentrate on high-growth and health-focused categories, and commit to operating in an efficient, sustainable and responsible manner.


Check out the link below to find out more about Danone in Japan.



Danone Japan is a certified B Corporation and is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Marital Status / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

Danone Japan doesn’t just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, colour, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic characteristic or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all our employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect.


Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

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