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CGF Featured in KnowTheChain Case Study Report Examining Food and Beverage Companies

KnowTheChain has released a case study report examining how 10 food and beverage companies are addressing forced labour in their sugarcane supply chains. The report highlights the influence of the Forced Labour Priority Industry Principles in providing a common framework in which to address forced labour issues through joint action, and shines a light on the progress made by some of our member companies.

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CGF Featured in The Coca-Cola Company’s First Stand-Alone Human Rights Report

This week, The Coca-Cola Company released its first stand-alone Human Rights Report, sharing how the company identified and addressed its human rights risks, including references to the CGF’s work on forced labour. The report, which marks a bold step in the right direction for the company aligns with the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles Framework and complements The Coca-Cola Company’s 2016-2017 Sustainability Report.

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The CGF to Host First “Responsible Operations and Sourcing” Event in Bangkok.

We are pleased to announce that The Consumer Goods Forum’s first Responsible Operations and Sourcing event, supported by AIM-PROGRESS & ELEVATE will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 25th September 2017.

The purpose of the event is for Thai based suppliers and business partners of CGF and AIM-PROGRESS members to learn more about the consumer goods industry’s responsible sourcing expectations, and to better understand The Consumer Goods Forum’s Forced Labour Priority Industry Principles against forced labour and how they can be better implemented into business operations.

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The CGF Partners with Sustainable Brands® for Their Upcoming Event in Copenhagen

The Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce that it is an official partner of the upcoming Sustainable Brands® Copenhagen event on 30th October – 1st November at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.

In May 2017, Sustainable Brands® launched a 3-year initiative to explore our global societal aspirations and start a conversation about how we can rethink what the ‘Good Life’ means for a healthy individual, family, community, city, country and planet. SB’17 Copenhagen provides the opportunity for brand and sustainability leaders to come together for a conversation about how businesses can position themselves for success and deliver value to customers against the backdrop of changing societal needs.

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CGF Social Sustainability Director to Attend Seafood Task Force Event in Bangkok

During his upcoming visit to Bangkok, Didier Bergeret will be attending the Seafood Taskforce Membership Meeting on 18th – 20th September.

The Seafood Task Force is a leading international industry-led alliance including major US and EU retailers, Thai manufacturers, governments and NGOs tackling social and environmental issues surrounding labour and unregulated, illegal fishing in the seafood supply chain.

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CGF Social Sustainability Director to Speak at FTA Multi-Stakeholder Forum in Bangkok

The Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming FTA Multi-Stakeholder Forum, “Enhancing Social Performance in Thai Supply Chains’ in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday 21st September. CGF’s Social Sustainability Director, Didier Bergeret, has been invited to speak at the event organised by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Government of Thailand. Didier will be speaking with other panellists on Why Implementing Responsible Recruitment Practices Makes Business-Sense.

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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.