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How to Avoid Greenwashing on the SDGs

A report published this week by DNV GL and the UN Global Compact (UNGC) has found that 75% of companies who join the UNGC initiative are taking action towards advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – but, almost two years in, companies are still struggling to understand how best to report on their progress towards the SDGs. With best practice still emerging, and expectations rising, how do corporates use reporting to demonstrate that they are contributing to the SDGs?

This question is of particular interest to members of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). Through CGF initiatives, members are working on 10 of the SDGs, including those related to taking action on climate change (Goal 13), taking care of the earth (Goal 15), improving nutrition (Goal 2), the well-being of consumers (Goal 3) and providing decent work for all (Goal 8). And, of course, Goal 17 - developing mechanisms and partnerships to reach the goals – is at the heart of everything the CGF does.

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Keeping Forests as Forests Enhances Quality of Life and Helps Meet UN SDGs

Sourcing products from well‑managed forests certified to an independent third-party standard is an effective way to help your organisation meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other sustainability targets while helping forests. Of course, the idea that creating more commercial demand for forests products could actually help protect forests seems counterintuitive. But the more value we place on using forest products sustainably, the more we will keep forests as forests instead of letting them be converted to other uses. 

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Giving a Voice to Those with None – My Story and the Fight Against Modern Day Slavery

Today, the International Labour Organization (ILO) states forced labour in the private economy generates US $150 billion in illegal profits per year, making it the world’s most profitable crime. There are almost 19 million victims globally who are exploited by modern slavery so today I’m here to tell you my story. 

My name is Rani Hong. I’m from a small village in the Southern region of India, Kerala. I was stolen from my family when I was seven years old and sold into slavery. I was taken to another state, where I did not know the language. I was terrified. A little girl with no one to answer my questions or dry my tears, abandoned and alone.

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Food Loss and Waste: Have You Heard?


By now you’ve probably heard that about 1/3 of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted. And you’ve likely heard about all the impacts this huge inefficiency causes.

Food loss and waste, for example, results in roughly $940 billion in economic losses globally per year. It consumes one-quarter of all water used by agriculture each year, requires land area greater than the size of China to be grown, and generates eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions annually. Putting this in perspective, if food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet—surpassed only by China and the United States. And in a world where one in nine people are undernourished, the fact that more than a billion tons of food never gets consumed is a travesty.

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My Reflections on First Half of 2017


More than 1,200 of the CGF’s members met in Berlin last month for the 61st Global Summit – the best Summit ever, to judge by the feedback. If you were one of those able to attend, I hope you also found it both valuable and fun. If you were not able to join us, you can find here a summary of the inspiring main plenary sessions.

All of us continue to experience extraordinary disruptions, both in our industry and in the geopolitical landscape. One of the things that struck me forcibly from the conversations in Berlin was that if the CGF did not already exist, we would definitely need to invent it now. The hard business case for driving positive change – the CGF’s core mission – is made more compelling every day by the purchasing behaviour of younger shoppers and the values of younger employees. As one speaker in Berlin put it, unless we accelerate the shift to more authentic, sustainable products and retail propositions, consumers and employees will drift away from us. Your membership of the CGF is thus an important way to accelerate growth in your business.

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