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Social Sustainability Director to Speak at Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Conference

We are delighted to confirm that Didier Bergeret, our Social Sustainability Director, has been invited to speak at the upcoming “The Public-Private Partnership in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” Conference in Moscow, which runs from 20th-21st July 2017. Organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), special representative and co-ordinator for combating trafficking in human beings, and in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the two-day event will bring together public, private and government sectors to discuss the eradication of forced labour and human trafficking. 

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BERLIN, 23rd June, 2017 -- Over 120 experts came together to explore avenues of collaboration and partnerships in support of the eradication of forced labour. This event, titled Partnerships to End Forced Labour in Supply Chains, recognised the need for cross sectoral collaborations and collective action if the issue of forced labour is to be resolved. The conference was co-hosted by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), International Labour Organization and the US Department of Labor and was held ahead of the CGF’s annual flagship event, the Global Summit, in Berlin. 

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The Consumer Goods Forum was pleased to participate in the Innovation Forum’s upcoming ‘How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour’ conference, held on 25th and 26th April 2017 in London.

The multi-stakeholder event brought together leaders from business, government and civil society, to provide a space for focused and nuanced discussion on how individual businesses can tackle modern slavery in their supply chains and operations. Delegates were equipped with the guidance and knowledge to proactively mitigate risk and effectively respond to discovered cases of forced labour.


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The Consumer Goods Forum, in partnership with the International Labour Organization and the U.S. Department of Labor, is convening an event with high-level representatives from companies, governments, international organisations and civil society to work on one of the most pressing global challenges today: tackling forced labour in global supply chains.The conference will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin on 20th June 2017. Registrations are now open.


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The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) will be holding a webinar on the ethical recruitment of migrant workers on 2nd May from 11-12:00 ET. The webinar, taking place on the heels of International Labour Day, will launch the ICCR’s new report, Best Practice Guidance for Ethical Recruitment of Migrant Workers. The report highlights progress leading companies have made on these fronts that may serve as models for companies looking to implement ethical recruitment policies and drive change at the recruitment agency level.



The Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming Second Regional Symposium on “Promoting Regulatory Harmonization of Recruitment Intermediaries in the Colombo Process Member States”. CGF Social Sustainability Director Didier Bergeret has been invited to partake in a panel discussion during the event, which will be held on Thursday 18th May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is the second of three regional symposiums convened to support one of the three thematic priorities of the Colombo Process. This edition focuses on the priority of fostering Ethical Recruitment. It is supported by the International Organization for Migration and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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CGF Director of Social Sustainability, Didier Bergeret, will be speaking at the Salon Traffic Conference in Paris, France on 5th April 2017. Salon Traffic is a trade show for fashion business services that includes a focus on sustainability.


Didier will be one of six panellists in the session Sustainable Development within the Fashion Industry, sharing key insights on forced labour and how it can be addressed in global supply chains including the CGF resolution against forced labour and the Priority Industry Principles, announced to help implement the resolution.

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The Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, it is an official partner of the upcoming Sustainable Brands conference in Madrid from the 7th to 9th May 2017. In addition to this partnership, Didier Bergeret, the CGF Director of Social Sustainability, will also be speaking at the event about advancements the consumer goods industry has made tackling forced labour.

This year’s conference theme is “Activating Purpose” – building and maintaining purpose-driven organisations that hold sustainability as one of their core values. Having sustainability embedded throughout business practices is not only necessary to be truly competitive in today’s challenging markets but it is also essential to drive positive change and ultimately achieve the better world we all collectively seek.


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CGF’s Social Sustainability Director, Didier Bergeret, will be speaking at CSR Europe’s Responsible Sourcing across Industries (RSaI), 2nd meeting – Solutions to common challenges this Wednesday, 18th January.

Now in its second edition, the event will bring together representatives from a variety of sector initiatives to participate in open exchange on practices, tools, challenges and solutions as well as important policy developments. Didier specifically will be speaking during Part 1 of the event, Solutions to Existing Challenges, where he will share key insights on CGF’s initiatives to combat forced labour in global supply chains, showcasing how companies can meaningfully engage. 


Consumer Goods Industry Sets Bar in Fight Against Forced Labour

PARIS, 6th December 2016 – The consumer goods industry, through The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), has advanced its social stewardship efforts in its bid to eradicate forced labour from global supply chains by establishing three “Priority Industry Principles” (the “Principles”). Building on momentum from the CGF’s ground-breaking Forced Labour Resolution, announced earlier this year, the three Principles will help to prioritise action to address the primary drivers of forced labour within the consumer goods industry and beyond.


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