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Sustainability Focus of Annual CGF Japan Day

Sustainability Director Ignacio Gavilan was in Japan last month as a special guest of the Japanese membership as part of the CGF’s annual Japan Day event. Designed specifically for our Japanese members, Japan Day provides updates on all relevant projects and achievements over the last 12 months across the CGF and looks at areas most pressing for the local members. The importance of the event is highlighted by the 300 attendees and in how 90% of our Japanese members send at least one senior executive. 

This year’s event was heavily focused on environmental sustainability. Ignacio provided updates on the CGF’s environmental work streams and met with members individually. There were robust discussions around the sourcing of palm oil, soy and the need to tackle the phase-down of HFC refrigerants.

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Sustainability Manager Joins ATMOSphere Europe Panel Discussion

Debora Dias, our environmental sustainability manager, attended the recent ATMOSphere event in Barcelona on 19th-20th April. A keynote speaker, Debora was on-hand to present the CGF’s work on refrigeration. This included details on our commitments, our progress and next steps.

The Barcelona event was ATMOSphere’s 7th annual conference. Besides focusing on the latest trends and achievements in the field of natural refrigerants technologies, the two-day event also explored untapped business opportunities and revealed future perspectives in the HVAC&R industry.

Debora’s presentation, as well as those of the other keynote speakers, is now available online.


CGF Partners with Sustainable Brands for Barcelona Event: Shifting to a Sustainable Business Strategy
 
The Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce it is an official partner of the upcoming Sustainable Brands event in Barcelona from 22nd-24th May 2016.Sustainable Brands Barcelona 2016 - Sustainability How Now
 
To create long-term business value and competitive advantage, it is critical for brands to know HOW to apply sustainable business strategies NOW – from product and functional design, to procurement and manufacturing, to marketing and consumer engagement - sustainability must be embedded right across the business.
 
The Sustainable Brands Barcelona conference brings together leading brands at the forefront of this evolution – innovative companies who have shifted from having a sustainability strategy to creating a business strategy that is sustainable for the long-term. Brands such as BASF, Samsung, Adidas, Philips and Lego, in combination with pioneering thinkers such as William McDonough & Andrew Winston will share their inspiration on HOW to apply sustainable business strategies NOW.
 
The conference will held at the IESE Business School Campus from 22nd -24th May, and will feature 40 world-class speakers  - you can view the full agenda here.
 
Looking forward to meeting you in Barcelona and follow the event on Twitter through the #SB16bcn hashtag.
 
Sustainable Brands Bracelona 2016

Environmental Sustainability Team Meet in Jakarta for First Time

The Environmental Sustainability Committee met in Jakarta, Indonesia in March 2016. It was the first time the Committee had headed to the region for its bi-annual meeting and highlights the growing importance being placed on sustainable business practices in the area, especially around key commodities like palm oil.

The team, hosted by Danone, discussed a wide range of relevant topics for the Sustainability Pillar and the current status of the implementation of the Sustainability Resolutions and corresponding working groups. With more than 25 key sustainability influencers from member companies in attendance, the meeting was instrumental in helping decide on the future priorities of the Pillar. The meeting also made note to the successful closing of the Refrigeration Resolution, which asked members to begin phasing-out HFCs from 2015.

Also in Jakarta were the newly-formed Social Sustainability Committee, whose focus was to drive development of the Action Framework with regards to implementing the 2016 Forced Labour Resolution. An announcement on the Action Framework is expected in June.

The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 also held its first General Assembly in Jakarta, as well as an optional field trip. Over 80 partners of TFA 2020 from government, business, civil society, international organisations and local communities came together at this invitation-only meeting to finalise the 2016-18 strategy of TFA 2020, and exchange knowledge, expertise, and best practices on partnering to implement the transition to deforestation-free supply chains. As a founding partner of TFA 2020, the CGF was well represented throughout.


Andre Fourie Talks SABMiller, the CGF and Refrigeration
 
Andre Fourie, Head of Water Security & Environmental Value, SABMiller plc - and co-chair of our pillar's Refrigeration Working Group - was recently interviewed by Accelerate magazine. During the piece, Andre notes how "naturalSABMiller, Natural Refrigeration refrigerants are a central pillar of SABMiller’s strategy for reducing the environmental impact of refrigeration. The company is committed to using natural refrigerants in 100% of new fridges procured by 2020".
 
On his work with the CGF, he said, "This is where The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) comes to the fore. In 2010, the CGF – which brings together over 400 manufacturers and retailers of consumer goods seeking to pursue more sustainable, safer and consumer-friendly business practices – adopted a resolution recognising that the HFCs used in the majority of refrigeration systems are powerful greenhouse gases and pledging to start the process to replace them with naturals...“There is a clearer policy logic for this group to explore how it can improve the environment for more sustainable refrigeration of their products".
 
The article goes on to note how our 2010 Refrigeration Resolution saw some of the world’s biggest companies pledge “to begin phasing out HFC refrigerants as of 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants (natural refrigerant alternatives) where these are legally allowed and available for new purchases of point-of-sale units and large refrigeration installations”.

Nestlé CEO Talks CGF and Food Waste at the World Economic Forum
 
Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO, was at the recent World Economic Forum talking about the positive actions businesses are taking on today's most pressing sustainability challenges. Promoting the launch of Champions 12.3 (8.5 mins into below video) and the goal of reducing food waste, Paul Bulcke stressed the importance of action on this issue given that one-third of food produced is wasted.
 
Regarding his own company, Paul noted that of their 460 factories, all have the commitment of zero waste for disposal by 2020. He said Nestlé needs to lead the way and help others along the journey too by sharing best practices and innovation. Paul goes on to highlight the CGF (14 mins in) as a great example of multistakeholder collaborations, bringing to the audience's attention our Food Waste Resolution with the aim to half food waste by 2025. "We need bold action", he said.

CGF to Present at High Performance Energy 2016 Conference in Australia; Supports Australian Refrigeration Association 
 
Deloitte, EU FUSIONS, REFRESH, Food Waste and CGF
We are pleased to confirm our participation in the upcoming High Performance Energy 2016 conference in Sydney, Australia this April and a partnerhship with the Australian Refrigeration Association (ARA). These are seen as important steps in expanding our outreach efforts in Australia and in working with other associations to drive scale-up of natural and low-carbon refigerants within - and beyond - the consumer goods industry. 
 
With the CGF represented as an official industry partner of the event, our Director of Environmental Sustainability, Ignacio Gavilan, will address delegates as a keynote speaker. He'll discuss where CGF members are with regards to refrigeration and next steps for the consumer goods industry. Ignacio will also use this as an opportunity to undertake member engagement opportunities to better understand the challenges facing our Australian members with regards to phasing out HFC refrigerants.
 
High Performance Energy 2016 is a seminar driven conference over two days bringing together all stakeholders who share an interest in driving energy efficiency in the Australian built environment. This unique event offers the attending audience a  comprehensive programme dedicated to energy efficiency and performance optimisation in the primary areas of: HVACR; Lighting; Building Envelope; Technology & Automation; Onsite Power & Storage. Over three stages over two days attendees can learn from industry experts to explore latest trends, innovations, technology and economic and environmental solutions for the building industry to help them achieve their business objectives.
 
Australian Refrigeration Association
Ignacio will also be on hand to support the ARA who are helping drive the shift to natural refrigeration in Australia. The ARA are seen as an important stakeholder in Australia and key to helping the CGF achieve its goals in the region.
 
The ARA is an independent non-profit association comprised of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HVACR) professionals and organisations that deliver superior HVACR services. The purpose of the ARA is to advance the science and practice of refrigeration, in the national interest, in all of its applications, in the development of its methods and technology, and in its uses in the community.

Reducing Food Waste Across the EU: Stakeholder Collaboration to Achieve a Transparent and Sustainable Food Supply Chain
 
Deloitte, EU FUSIONS, REFRESH, Food Waste and CGFThe 11th of February will mark the last EU FUSIONS North-West Regional Platform Meeting, addressing how to build trust across the food supply chain to collectively reduce food waste (with a focus on the retail sector and policy) and how entrepreneurial efforts and social innovation can further contribute to a transparent food supply chain. 
 
EU FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies) is an EU FP7 project about working towards a more resource efficient Europe by significantly reducing food waste.
 
The organisers of this event, Deloitte France’s Sustainability department (Deloitte Développement Durable), will welcome numerous food-waste oriented stakeholders from around Europe within the retail, entrepreneurial, governmental, academic, and research sectors in order to facilitate discussion and networking amongst stakeholders on food-waste related topics. Members of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Delhaize Group and Ahold will be amongst the diverse keynote speakers, sharing their food-waste related initiatives (including but not limited to how these initiatives are in line with the CGF’s Food Waste Resolution) and engaging participants in a Q&A session.  
 
Interactive consultation sessions, which are a key component of RPMs, help bring fresh ideas to the EU FUSIONS project. These sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including how to use digital technology to connect stakeholders in the food chain, the role of policy, etc. with the objective to gather insight into more innovative ideas to fight food waste within the EU at large.
 
At the close of the event, “Life after EU FUSIONS”, will shine light on how to stay involved on EU food waste issues, including staying tuned in with the new EU food waste project which will be the continuation of EU FUSIONS, REFRESH (Resource Efficient Food and Drink for Entire Supply Chain).
 
Interested stakeholders may register for the RPM here and refer to the 11 February RPM Agenda for more details about the speakers and programme.
 
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Partner of EU FUSIONS and REFRESH, Deloitte Développement Durable (Deloitte DD) is one of Europe’s leading consulting and research firms specialised in environmental and policy analysis, in the fields of resource efficiency and sustainability. Over the last 5 years, BIO has established itself as a global leader in food waste intelligence. In particular, Deloitte DD has worked with leading food industry and retail chain actors, providing desk-based research, food waste policy development, food strategy advisory, as well as developing pioneering environmental labelling for food products and conducting extensive food life cycle analysis. Its main expertise areas relevant for food waste are: policy analysis and development, life cycle analysis of food systems, waste management, food waste quantification, and food value chain sustainability.

[BLOG] Fighting Forced Labour – Building on an Industry’s Bold Commitment

Didier Bergeret - Fighting Forced Labour
Director of Social Sustainability Didier Bergeret shares his thoughts on the recent commitment to fight forced labour and next steps.
 
"Earlier this month, our Board of Directors announced a bold new resolution to help eradicate forced labour from their global supply chains. As Director of Social Sustainability at the CGF, it was an enormously proud moment achieving such momentum and seeing major CEOs lead our organisation and its members on the first global industry commitment of its kind..." 
 

CGF Regrigeration BookletConsumer Goods Industry Calls for Positive Next Steps to Continue Scale-Up of Low Carbon Refrigeration

PARIS, 20th January 2016 – The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) today announced the successful closing of its 2010 Board Resolution on Refrigeration and the publication of its first-ever Refrigeration Booklet. The CGF Board has also called on the Sustainability Steering Committee to develop a potential resolution to show how the industry will further scale up low carbon refrigeration in the future. 
 
 

CGF Climate Change BookletUpdated Climate Change Booklet Published

Following on from the enormous success of our first-ever Climate Change Booklet, which highlights real-life examples of how our retailer and manufacturer members are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help keep the global temperature rise below two degrees, we've now published an updated version. The new booklet includes even more examples of how our members are taking climate action.
 
 

New Set of One-Pagers Now Available to Describe Sustainability Working Groups & Priorities
Soy at the CGF
 
With a number of sustainability working groups and workstreams now open to members, we've been working on developing a set of one-pagers that explain the work of each group. They've been created to allow stakeholders to better understand our work and to provide key points for those who would like to highlight our work to others.
 
To date, we've created individual one-pagers for the overriding Environmental and Social workstreams, as well as for the specific working groups on food waste and soy that include both information on the work being undertaken and key data points. 
 
We hope to add more in the near future. For now, feel free to download, print and share.
 
 
 
 

Download Sustainability Resolutions One-Pager
CGF Sustainability Resolutions
 
You can now download all four of our Sustainability Resolutions in one click. Our new one-pager includes the complete text on all four of our Board-approved Environmental and Social Resolutions - covering refrigeration, deforestation, food waste and forced labour. 
 
Feel free to download, print and share.
 
 

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