Strategic Focus Our Collaborative and Global Workstreams

Our Sustainability Pillar sees members collaborating to position the industry as a leader in protecting against climate change and reducing waste. Our approach to tackling today’s biggest climate change issues is built around engaging our wider membership and encouraging participation and implementation, with a firm commitment to reduce the level of global warming associated with the consumer goods industry and specialist workstreams designed to address the key topics. 

 

 

Deforestation - The Sustainability Pillar - The Consumer Goods Forum

 

In 2010, our Board approved a resolution to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. It’s a big ask, but we continue to work with our members, providing guidance and supporting those who seek early adoption. Our key focus areas include:

  • The sustainable sourcing of key commodities: soy, palm oil, paper & pulp and beef;
  • Engaging the wider membership on implementation of the Resolution; and
  • Building collaborative public-private partnerships to help drive change.
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Our Board also approved a second resolution in 2010 aimed at eliminating HFC-based refrigeration and moving globally to the use of natural refrigerants as of 2015 – a process that has already started.  Our efforts in this area include:

  • Bringing retailers, manufacturers and other key stakeholders together;
  • Engaging the wider membership on implementation of the Resolution; and
  • Regular summits and workshops to discuss barriers to implementation.
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Refrigeration - The Sustainability Pillar - The Consumer Goods Forum
 
Measurement - The Sustainability Pillar - The Consumer Goods Forum

 

Our work in this area seeks to address a key challenge facing companies and consumers, as the environmental impact of a product or service becomes increasing influential on purchasing decisions - communication. Focus in this area includes:

  • Harmonising terms that businesses use to describe sustainability efforts;
  • Providing a common way for companies across the industry to communicate; and
  • Improving business efficiences and consumer purchasing decisions.
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A newer strategic area of our work in the Sustainability Pillar, our waste workstream is looking at the growing challenge of waste in our supply chains, addressing both solid and food waste. Current areas include:

  • A new 2015 Board-approved Food Waste Resolution;
  • Working with industry associations, governments and other key stakeholders;
  • Collaborating and building on current industry initiatitves.
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Waste - The Sustainability Pillar - The Consumer Goods Forum
 
Common Language - The Sustainability Pillar - The Consumer Goods Forum

 

Our work in this area seeks to address a key challenge facing companies and consumers as the environmental impact of a product or service becomes increasingly influential on purchasing decisions - communication. Our work includes:

  • Harmonising terms that businesses use to describe their sustainability efforts;
  • Providing a common way for companies across the industry to communicate; and
  • Improving business efficiencies and consumer purchasing decisions.
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