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  • Consumer Goods Industry Commits to Food Waste Reduction

    -- The Consumer Goods Forum Board Agree on Resolution to Halve Food Waste by 2025 within Member Retail and Manufacturing Operations; and

    -- To Support UN Goals on Food Waste Reduction at Consumer Level and Across Supply Chains
    PARIS and NEW YORK, 24th June 2015 – The Consumer Goods Forum (the CGF) today announced its commitment to tackling the global food waste challenge by agreeing to halve food waste within the operations of its 400 retailer and manufacturers members by 2025. Food waste is an enormous environmental, social and economic challenge. A third of food calories produced are never eaten. It represents an economic cost to the global economy of $750 billion per year and, if food waste were a country, its carbon footprint would be third only to China and the US. 
  • Fighting Forced Labour – A Rallying Call from the Consumer Goods Industry

    The Board of The Consumer Goods Forum Calls for an Ambitious Action Plan and Need for Global Collaboration
    PARIS, 14th January 2016 --The Board of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) today announced an ambitious, new resolution to fight forced labour issues throughout global supply chains, launching a rallying call to the industry.
    CGF member companies have been long committed to promoting decent working conditions worldwide but recognise that eradication of forced labour remains a key challenge. Global supply chains are complex, and they often involve some of the poorest countries in the world with limited institutional capacity for regulation to protect workers’ rights. The prominence of the informal sector, new trends in mass migration and the covert nature of forced labour continue to generate human rights abuses and lend to the difficulty of battling them. 
  • It's Time for Action

    The Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Binding Global Climate Change Deal
    Over 400 companies are members of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and they have joined the call for strong action on climate change. Collectively they turn over 2.5 trillion euros and directly employ 10 million people with a further 90 million estimated to work in their value chains. The CGF’s member companies include household names such as P&G, Nestle, Kraft, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Unilever, Heineken, Carrefour, Ahold and Marks and Spencer. 
    In June this year the CGF’s Boardcalled on
    ‘Heads of State across the world to engage and act with determination, leadership and ambition to secure an ambitious and legally binding global climate deal’.
  • Refrigeration Stories - Marks and Spencer

  • Stopping Deforestation Must be at Heart of a Successful Paris Climate Deal

    As we approach COP21 we must consider which interventions can make the biggest difference. We cannot expect every building block of a low carbon future to emerge perfectly hewn from Paris. We need to focus on those decisions that will make the most difference at least cost, and with greatest likelihood of successful implementation.
    Action on forests is one of the single most important and beneficial steps that we can take globally to secure a low carbon future.
    Forest loss is responsible for nearly 20% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. But it’s not just the climate impact of forest loss that should make us pause for thought. The impact on people who live in forests; the loss of biodiversity; the disruption of water supplies; the loss of flood attenuation, all mean that deforestation is simply unsustainable.
  • Sustainability Governance

    The work of the Sustainability Pillar is co-sponsored at the Board level by Marc Bolland, Chief Executive Officer of Marks & Spencer, and Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever. As Board sponsors they will actively drive and support of the work of the Environmental Sustainability Committee and present the Committee’s work with their peers during bi-annual Board meetings.
    The role of the Environmental Sustainability Committee, led by Mike Barry of Marks & Spencer and Jeff Seabright of Unilever, is to identify priority issues for the Sustainability Pillar and recommend corresponding actions to our Board. It steers the existing and new projects of the Pillar, keeps our Board informed on major sustainability developments impacting the consumer goods industry, and encourages broader implementation across the industry, while individual members also act as champions of their own sustainability projects within their own companies.
  • TFA 2020 Partners: The Triple Win of “Produce-Protect”

    As we prepare to negotiate international action on climate and transition to pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, a window of opportunity appears for a “triple win”: to deliver rural development and domestic economic growth, while protecting and restoring forests on a large scale.
  • The Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Binding Global Climate Change Deal

    PARIS, Wednesday 18th June 2014 –The Board of The Consumer Goods Forum today called on heads of state across the world to engage and act with determination, leadership and ambition to secure an ambitious and legally binding global climate deal. As part of its call for action around climate change, The Forum has also renewed its own commitment to taking action through the two Board-approved climate change resolutions; namely, help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 through the sustainable sourcing of key commodities and to begin phasing-out of hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs) in new refrigeration installations by 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants. In doing so, the Board emphasised the unique role of the Consumer Goods Industry in enabling and empowering consumers - through innovation, communication and partnership - to make sustainable changes in their purchasing and in their lives.
    The statement also urges governments to make the UN REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) climate change mitigation plan a priority, supporting it with local and national policies that can protect forests and support livelihoods. 
  • The Consumer Goods Forum Publishes Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines

    Consumer Goods Industry’s First Ever Set of Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines to Help Drive Implementation of ‘Zero Net Deforestation’ Resolution
    PARIS, 11th August 2015 – The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) today announced publication of the first-ever ‘Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines’ (the “Guidelines”). This publicly available document is an important step in helping the consumer goods and retail industries to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, as outlined in the CGF’s Deforestation ResolutionCGF Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines
    The Guidelines are intended to assist companies in designing their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably, and were developed by CGF retailer and manufacturer members, with input from standard setting organisations, NGOs, banks and suppliers. The Guidelines will serve as a ‘live’ tool for companies sourcing palm oil as the document will be updated as the landscape evolves.  
    A key feature of the Guidelines is a two-stage approach that lays out steps to enable companies (from any industry) to start the journey to sustainable palm oil, together with further steps necessary for a fully sustainable palm oil supply.   
    Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “The publication of the ‘Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines’ is another important step forward for our industry, and it’s a testament to what can result from effective cross-sector collaboration. This isn’t just a document from The Consumer Goods Forum, it’s a document that is built on a global industry’s commitment to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, and several stakeholders have been involved in getting it to this point”.
    Palm Oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. Malaysia and Indonesia are leading producers accounting for 86% of global production. Although potentially one of the more sustainable vegetable oils, there is serious concern that rapid expansion of palm oil plantations has on occasions resulted in loss of valuable tropical forests and social conflict. 
    Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO at Mondelēz International and CGF Board member, said, “I urge CGF members and other companies sourcing palm oil to adopt these guidelines to help make sustainable palm oil the mainstream option”. 
    Mike Barry, Director, Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer and Co-Chair of the CGF's Sustainability Pillar, said, "These guidelines give CGF members a roadmap to sustainable palm oil sourcing.  They enable all companies, multinational and local, to play their part in delivering the CGF commitment to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020".
    While the CGF is proud of the Guidelines, it also appreciates that this is just a first step and that much more is yet to be done. The CGF will continue to work collaboratively with palm oil producers, processors, banks and NGOs, to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil.
    A series of webinars will be organised later this year to walk members through the Guidelines and answer any questions.
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    About The Consumer Goods Forum
    The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs.
    For further information, please contact:
    Ignacio Gavilan
    Director, Sustainability
    The Consumer Goods Forum
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    Lee Green
    Senior Manager, Communications
    The Consumer Goods Forum
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