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Deforestation Resolution - The Consumer Goods Forum

Achieving Zero Net Deforestation

In November 2010, our Board approved a resolution to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. We aim to achieve this through the responsible sourcing of key commodities such as soy, beef, palm oil and paper, so that the sourcing of these key commodities will not deplete tropical rainforests. It’s a big ask, but we continue to work with our members, providing guidance and supporting those who seek early adoption. This is achieved through the publication of sourcing guidelines and our Activation Toolkit, as well as holding regular workshops and webinars.
In collaboration with the US Government, we have also created the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 to help address deforestation and the sourcing of key commodities, bringing together industry, national governments and NGOs in the largest public-private initiative of this type. We are also working with some of the world's leading banks through the Banking Environment Initiative.

Halving Food Waste

The UN has decided that the food waste reduction target proposed by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals shall be part of the post-2015 development agenda. And, as food waste occurs all along the food chain from farm to fork, we want to play our part to tackle this issue on a systemic basis.
Our Board, therefore, agreed on a Food Waste Resolution in June 2015. The Resolution commits to halving food waste within the operations of our retailer and manufacturer members by 2025 and supports the UN 2030 goals. However, we will only acheive these through effective, cross-sector collaborations. These include through individual company initiatives, by engaging with our supply chains and end consumers (where material) and by working collectively in partnership with governments and NGOs.
Food Waste Resolution - The Consumer Goods Forum

Refrigeration Resolution - The Consumer Goods Forum


Shifting to Natural Refrigerants

Refrigeration is a significant and growing source of greenhouse gases. We acknowledge our responsibility to help phase out ozone depleting substances and are taking action to encourage our members, and the industry as a whole, to move to natural refrigerant alternatives.
Our Board also, therefore, 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. With the support of annual refrigeration summits, our efforts are focused on bringing retailers, manufacturers, technology suppliers and strategic partners together to discuss challenges and find solutions. Our Activation Toolkit offers “How-to” guidelines and support for those companies who wish to address this issue, while webinars and workshops are also held on a regular basis.