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[BLOG] Are You Committed? The Time to Act on Refrigerants is Now


New research shows that our society is only four years away from keeping the global average temperature of rising to no more than 1.5C. Reductions of CO2 through measures such as the phasing out of chemical refrigerants are necessary. Thankfully, much progress has been made by the global consumer goods industry in transitioning away from fluorinated gases in refrigeration since we published our first Refrigeration Resolution in 2010. This progress was reflected in our revised resolution on refrigeration, published in October 2016, and our first-ever, member-led Refrigeration Case Studies Booklet.



[BLOG] 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.



CGF Participates in Guardian Live Chat Debate on Sustainable Palm Oil


Earlier this week, CGF Environmental Sustainability Director, Ignacio Gavilan, participated in a live chat debate on sustainable palm oil. The debate was held by Guardian Sustainable Business and was supported by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Participants included representatives from the World Wildlife Fund, The Forest Trust, Mondelez and more.


The Consumer Goods Forum Joins Jury for REFRESH Food Waste Solution Contest


The CGF Director of Environmental Sustainability, Ignacio Gavilan, is one of four food waste experts comprising the jury of the EU-wide REFRESH Food Waste Solution Contest. Ignacio, alongside the panel of jurists, will be announcing the winners of the contest at the REFRESH Conference on 18th May 2017 in Berlin.


Environmental Sustainability Director Participates in IDH Landscapes Forum


CGF Environmental Sustainability Director, Ignacio Gavilan, recently participated in IDH’s Landscapes Forum on 7th and 8th February in Amsterdam. The meeting focused on innovations and good practices to optimise commodity production while conserving forests and ensuring social inclusion – so called “Production, Protection and Inclusion” (PPI) arrangements. This special, invitation-only event brought together a variety of pertinent stakeholders including those from government, business and civil society.

EPA’s GreenChill Program Hosts CGF Webinar on Refrigeration


We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Program hosted The Consumer Goods Forum in a webinar focused on sustainable refrigeration titled Efforts to Reduce Refrigerant Emissions through the Consumer Goods Forum. The webinar took place on 28th February at 2:00pm EST. EPA’s GreenChill Program is a partnership with food retail companies to reduce refrigerant emissions, to reduce installed amounts of refrigerant, and to promote advanced refrigeration systems.


CGF Key Contributor to 2016 COP22 Global Climate Finance Publication


We are pleased to share the latest edition of the Global Climate Finance Report, a publication dedicated to raising awareness of and recognising organisations for their outstanding contributions in advancing the global climate change discussion. The 2016 edition showcased a wide variety of organisations including contributions from the United Nations Office for Project Services, the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the European Investment Bank and The Consumer Goods Forum among others.



[BLOG] Finally, Some Good News…About Climate Change!

Our latest blog post comes from Liz Whiteley, the Executive Director for the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council. In her post, she looks at recent decisions and commitments related to climate change, and what it means for the future.

FLW Standard - CGF Blog

October 2016 sees a lot of good things starting to happen on the climate front.
Despite the barrage of depressing and crazy and sometimes unbelievable news recently, October has been a huge month for making progress toward tackling climate change. Countries and businesses around the world have made commitments that, when acted upon, will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions and hopefully limit the increase in global average temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Food Waste Front and Centre at this year’s Sustainable Retail Summit
Some 240 delegates from nearly 30 countries joined this year’s Sustainable Retail Summit, held in Paris on 27th & 28th October. The event delivered on its promise to inspire and inform, leaving participants equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement sustainable business practices

in their organisations and drive positive change across the industry.

The conference brought together thought leaders from business, government and civil society and was a unique education and networking opportunity for all those in attendance. 

Food loss and waste reduction was one of the three core themes of this year’s summit, with three sessions focused exclusively on the topic. 


[Press Release] CGF Members Share Their Food Waste Stories in New Booklet

Examples of successful food loss and waste reduction approaches from consumer goods companies on show as part of new collection of case studies.

PARIS, 27th October 2016 – The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is pleased to announce the publication of its first-ever Food Waste Booklet, a compilation of real-life examples from the CGF members on how they are measuring and reducing food loss and waste.  The CGF is the only organisation bringing consumer goods retailers, manufacturers and service providers together globally, and this publication showcases their commitment to tackling the issue of food loss and waste.

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Watch Ignacio Gavilan’s SIAL TV Presentation
This past Wednesday, 19th October, our Environmental Sustainability Director Ignacio Gavilan was a key note speaker during a SIAL TV session titled 'Together against Food Waste: What Practical Solutions'. SIAL TV is the internal news channel for SIAL, the world's largest food innovation exhibition with an estimated 160,000 visitors in the 2016 edition. Ignacio discussed the CGF's approach to food loss and waste reduction, including the 2015 food waste resolution, participation in the FLW Standard and in Champions 12.3.

Watch Ignacio Gavilan’s Radio France Internationale Interview
The CGF Environmental Sustainability Director, Ignacio Gavilan, recently participated in an interview with Radio France Internationale (RFI) diffused on Monday 10th October 2016. More specifically, Ignacio’s interview was conducted by RFI’s Brazilian subdivision, RFI Brasil. During his interview, Ignacio first gave an overview of the CGF at a global level and subsequently delve into CGF areas of particular relevance to Brazil, including sustainable soy sourcing as part of our deforestation commitment. Please note: the interview is in Portuguese.

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