Over the years we have been involved in a number of projects related to our key strategic pillars. While the work of these projects is no longer ongoing, they have produced a number of deliverables, including industry reports and analysis, insights into the consumer and technology, and implementation guidelines for improving upstream integration of raw materials, ingredients and packaging. Here is a select group of some of our most popular past projects.

Future Value Chain Overview

Global Packaging Project

Part of our work in the Sustainability Pillar, the Global Packaging Project looked at addressing the need in our industry for a common language to enable intelligent and informed discussions between our businesses on sustainable packaging, and paved the way for meaningful cooperation across our industries. The project was created to provide the consumer goods and packaging industries with a common language with which to discuss and assess the relative sustainability of packaging. That common language consists of a framework and a measurement system, which, alongside the framework, offer a standardised way to address a range of business questions about packaging sustainability, either within a company or between business partners. 
The measurement system report, the Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability 2.0 - GPPS 2.0, was launched at the beginning of September 2011 and is now also available in Spanish and Portuguese. This project has now also set a new standard for GS1.

The Ageing Consumer

The ageing consumer is the most powerful demographic shift that will take place in the next 20 years. As the population grows older, the human race is about to experience an unprecedented social revolution. The effects on retail and manufacturing industries will be enormous. Part of our work in the Health & Wellness Pillar, our vision with this report was to better understand the needs and consequences of the ageing consumer and create new value by empowering the ageing consumer and gain a clearer understanding of the consequences and needs of ageing populations. 
The project taskforce aimed to clarify the multiple impacts of ageing populations on the consumer goods industry and highlight the health and wellness hurdles of ageing consumers and shoppers, as well as the specific needs of these more mature and experienced subgroups by publishing a comprehensive science-based paper. The findings in the report are based on desk research, interviews with experts from our members as well as with external experts.


Global Upstream Supply Initiative (GUSI) Overview

Global Upstream Supply Initiative (GUSI)

Part of the former Operational Excellence Pillar, the Global Upstream Supply Initiative Working Group - created in 2004 with GS1 with the objective to define a common way to provide tighter integration of their supply chains - was engaged in three core activities: supporting the evolution of the Upstream Integration Model (UIM), a document that describes the business processes and functionality necessary for effective upstream integration for raw materials, ingredients and packaging; influencing the development of GS1 standards and implementation work; and enhancing awareness and momentum of usage of solutions and standards.
Adoption of the UIM allows companies to translate their internal processes and approaches into a common language that all other parties can use. As more companies adopt GUSI standards, the more rapidly the overall benefits rise. Today, the UIM is available for download to help companies avoid costly and time-consuming IT integration projects with every manufacturer or supplier.

Driving Innovation in the Cloud

Cloud computing is not the next big thing. Strictly speaking, it’s not even a new thing. The central idea of the cloud – using a network connection to access remote services on demand – has been around in various forms since the mainframe era dawned. What’s new for consumer products manufacturers and retailers: a widespread consensus among business executives that the cloud is ready to deliver on its promise as a game-changing and disruptive enabler of business value.
This paper, “Driving Consumer Goods Innovation in the Cloud,” is a collaboration with IBM. Based on over two dozen interviews with global retail and consumer products industry leaders, and extensive supporting research, it illuminates the cloud’s potential as a driver of business value. Included in our analysis are the findings of a 2011 IBM/Economist Intelligence Unit survey of 572 business and technology executives around the globe on the use of cloud. The project was also part of our former Operational Excellence Pillar, but the report remains available for download.

Driving Consumer Goods Innovation in the Cloud