Our History

 
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Peter Freedman Joins as MD

Peter Freedman joined The Forum as Managing Director on 6th January 2014. As part of the announcement, it was noted Peter would act as an external spokesperson and representative for The Forum to a wide range of key constituents, and thus will serve as an ambassador for the global consumer industry. On his appointment, Peter said "I am delighted to be joining The Forum at such an exciting time in its development. Although only four years’ old in its current form, the CGF is already establishing itself as the consumer industry’s pre-eminent global platform and a force for good in the world".
 
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Health & Wellness Resolutions Approved

On the first day of its annual Global Summit in Barcelona, The Consumer Goods Forum unveiled new industry‚Äźwide resolutions on consumer health and wellness. The three resolutions, approved by the Board of Directors of The Forum, are built upon and leverage existing proven initiatives such as the International Food & Beverages Alliance, GMA commitments in the US and food and beverage industry commitments to the EU Platform. They advocate for empowering consumers with products and services and meaningful information to help them make informed choices and support healthier diets and lifestyles and physical activity.
 
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Resolutions on Sustainability Approved

On the first day of the Cancun Climate Summit, The Forum announced two major initiatives on climate change: to work toward ending deforestation, and to phase out the use of refrigerant gases with high global warming potential. Both initiatives focus on key aspects of the consumer goods sector with the greatest impact and opportunity to drive effective climate solutions The Forum will work to achieve both goals by a combination of individual company initiatives and by working together in partnership key stakeholders.
 

The Consumer Goods Forum is Born

The Consumer Goods Forum was founded in December 2009, following the merging of three industry-leading associations - CIES, the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) and the Global CEO Forum. The Consumer Goods Forum is governed by its Board of Directors, which includes 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs and Chairpersons.
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The Global Social Compliance Programme is Founded

The Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) was created by and for global buying companies wanting to work collaboratively on improving the sustainability (social and environmental) of their often-shared supply base. To this end, these companies are working on harmonising existing efforts to deliver a shared, global and sustainable approach based on consensus and best practice. To this day, 39 companies have joined and continue to support the GSCP.
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The Global Food Safety Initiative Begins Its Journey

CEOs of global companies came together at The Consumer Goods Forum (CIES at the time) and agreed that consumer trust needed to be strengthened and maintained through a safer supply chain. GFSI was launched as a non-profit making foundation in 2000, to achieve this through the harmonisation of food safety standards that would drive a reduction in audit duplication throughout the supply chain. At the time, there was no existing scheme that could be qualified as “global” that could be adopted by all. 
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CIES Annual Congress Becomes Yearly Event

The CIES Congresses shifted from being bi-annualy to annually in 1962. Today, you know it as The Global Summit, and this has been an annual event every year since 1962, except in 1991 when the Congress was cancelled due to events in Iraq. In 2014, The Global Summit is returning to Paris, home of the first Congress in 1931. The 58th edition is set to be bigger and better than ever before.
 
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Future Leaders Congress Kicks Off

In 1955 the founders of CIES felt that the sons and nephews of the food chain owners should get to know each other and establish friendly relations, so as to facilitate their co-operation when they, in turn, assumed responsibilities in their respective companies. This led to setting up a "Comité des Juniors" which, at first, was composed strictly of relatives of owners. They organised study trips and seminars, with lots of social events helping to establish contacts. As the companies became larger, and many of them went public, the next generation was less and less composed only of family members, so the committee became that of "Young Executives". 
 
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CIES Founded

The International Committee of Food Chains (CIES) was officially inaugurated in 1953. The decision to set up CIES was made when it opted to become an international organisation in its own right. This took place on 24th June 1953, with the "second" CIES Congress held in Rome in 1956.
 
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First Annual Congress Held

The CIES was almost created 22 years before it actually started to exist: on 7th July 1931, an international meeting was held in Paris under the Chairmanship of Pierre François, who was then Chairman of SMAS, the French Food Chain Association. The main questions discussed were: fiscal legislation concerning food chains, competition from consumer co-operatives, the role of the proxy-holding managers. To study these subjects, the group split into several committees, all of which expressed the wish to see a permanent Committee established. Although this was not achieved until many years later, the founders of the CIES in 1953 wanted to pay tribute to these pioneers.
 
 
 
 

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