• Are We Turning Collective Commitment into Action?

    As director of environmental sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum, I get asked a lot about where our members are with regards to implementation, especially around our resolution to achieve zero-net deforestation by 2020
    It was, therefore, with great interest that a number of third-party organisations have published reports this last week on deforestation commitments. The first, from Supply Change and Forest Trends, tracks progress on 579 public commitments from companies around the world who have pledged to remove forest destruction from their supply chains. A second report was published by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In their report, they look specifically at assessing progress by our members towards achieving deforestation-free supply chains and assessing the steps being made towards collective zero deforestation targets. It also compares how our members are doing against those who are not.
  • Beef


    Beef production is the leading driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, and the Cerrado wooded savannah South and East of the Amazon. These areas are two of the most bio-diverse biomes in the world, and play critical roles in the global climate. Brazil is the second largest producer on beef (after the USA), and the top global exporter since 2004. Brazil is the world’s fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases; nearly half of Brazil’s emissions are from land use change and forestry (LUCF). The growth of the cattle sector in Brazil has had an increasing impact on the Amazon as cattle production has shifted to that region, leading to increased deforestation levels in both regions.
    The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is an international  coalition of beef supply chain stakeholders committed to a sustainable global beef system. Its members include ranchers, processers, suppliers, retailers, NGOs, and governmental organisations. Our objective is to strengthen ties with the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB).
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  • Climate Change

  • Consumer Goods Industry and Its Ongoing Journey Towards Zero Net Deforestation

    As you may recall, earlier this year three reports by multiple third-party organisations were published on deforestation commitments. 
    The first, from Supply Change and Forest Trends, tracked progress on 579 public commitmentsfrom companies around the world who have pledged to remove forest destruction from their supply chains. A second report was published by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In their report, they looked specifically at assessing progress by our members towards achieving deforestation-free supply chains and assessing the steps being made towards collective zero deforestation targets. It also compared how our members are doing against those who are not. 
  • Consumer Goods Industry Announces Initiatives on Climate Protection


    Retailers and manufacturers to halt deforestation practices and phase out climate-damaging refrigerants 
    PARIS, 29th November 2010 – On the first day of the Cancun Climate Summit, the Consumer Goods 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. 
    The Forum, formed in 2009, is a CEO-level organization of 400 global consumer goods manufacturers and retailers with combined revenue in excess of $2.8 trillion USD (2,1 trillion Euros). The initiatives were announced by the Board of Directors, comprised of 50 CEOs and co-chaired by Muhtar Kent of The Coca-Cola Company and Lars Olofsson of Carrefour. 
    “On behalf of my co-chair Lars Olofsson and the Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum, we are in Cancun to lend our support to this monumental but essential task of creating solutions that lead to a low-carbon world,” said Muhtar Kent. “The initiatives that our industry announced today are good examples of the kind of bold and positive action that will be needed to move the needle in combating climate change.” 
  • Consumer Goods Industry Highlights Positive Climate Change Actions


    The Consumer Goods Forum Publishes Climate Change Booklet as Part of Paris Climate Week; Implementing Solutions for a Low Carbon Economy
    PARIS, 20th May 2015 – The Consumer Goods Forum (the CGF) today published its first-ever Climate Change Booklet. The Booklet highlights 18 real-life examples from the CGF’s retailer and manufacturer members on how they are making business changes to have a positive impact on the climate. The CGF applauds the engagement of these members on this critical issue and hopes the booklet will help inspire others to take up the baton. 
  • Deforestation


    Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Every minute, tropical rainforest of the size of 50 football fields is destroyed. Whilst the causes of deforestation are complex, it is generally acknowledged that the biggest drivers are the cultivation of soya and oil palm, logging for the production of paper and board and the rearing of cattle. All of these commodities are major ingredients in the supply chains of most consumer goods companies. Our member companies drive the demand for these commodities and have an opportunity to ensure that the sourcing of these ingredients does not contribute to deforestation.
    Therefore, in 2010, our Board approved a resolution to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. We aim to achieve this through the responsible sourcing of these key commodities - soy, palm oil, paper and pulp and beef - so that the sourcing of these key commodities will not deplete tropical rainforests. It’s a big ask, and there is much to be done, but through working collectively in partnership with governments and NGOs, the creation of key documents, important stakeholder meetings and through webinars and other materials, change is taking place.
  • Deforestation Resolution

    Delivering on Resolution

    • Our members will deliver against the Deforestation Resolution by working towards excluding deforestation from their supply chains. They will provide a market for commodities that are sourced as to reduce tropical deforestation.
    • Our members will work with their suppliers to develop tropical deforestation-free sources for the commodities which they are purchasing.
    • Our members will ensure compliance with legislation and regulations that support conservation of tropical forests
    • We will work together with key influencers of the supply chain, including commodity businesses, governments and the finance sector.
    • We will promote awareness of sustainability issues in markets where this is now low.
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  • Fighting for Forests: The Leuser Ecosystem

    The Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra covers over 2.5 million hectares and includes alpine, lowland and mountain rainforest and carbon rich peatlands. It contains some of the world’s highest known levels of plant and animal diversity and is home to the largest intact forest left in Sumatra.  It is the last place on earth where critically endangered species like Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sunbears can still be found together in the wild.  Sumatra has lost almost 50% of its tropical rainforest in the last 35 years and even designated conservation areas have not been spared from destruction.  
  • First TFA 2020 Workshop Catalyzes Action to Reduce Global Tropical Deforestation

    Workshop outputs also identified the need to address issues of land rights and resolve land conflicts
    JAKARTA, 15th July 2013 – During the first meeting of the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) 2020, a public-private partnership established by the U.S. Government and The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), held in Jakarta, June 27-28, the industry’s leading companies pledged their support to the Alliance’s mission to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the production of global agricultural commodities such as palm oil and pulp & paper. 
    The TFA 2020 workshop was opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and attended by 300 people, including representatives from the world’s top palm oil and pulp & paper production companies, major buyers, governments and NGOs from 16 countries. 
  • 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.

  • Implementing and Scaling up the CGF Zero Net Deforestation Commitment

    Business awareness of deforestation-related challenges has dramatically increased over the past years, as demonstrated by the growing number of business commitments to reducing deforestation impacts in their commodity supply chains. A recent report by Supply Change highlights that the number of companies that made deforestation related commitments grew by 22% in 2016 alone, with a total of 447 companies and 760 commitments. 

  • 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’.
  • 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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