This year, the Sustainable Retail Summit – Implement Today for a Sustainable, Healthier Tomorrow – will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, a country that has a dynamic retail community and is at the forefront of tackling issues like exploitative labour practices, climate change, supply chain transparency and health and wellness. Learn more about why we chose this destination and why you should join us in Lisbon!

  1. A Sustainable City

Lisbon recently received the European Green Capital Award for 2020. The city is particularly strong in the field of sustainable land use, sustainable urban mobility, green growth & eco innovation, climate change adaptation and waste.

  1. Behaviour Change

A key theme at this year’s SRS is behaviour change, with discussions taking place around the need to create better habits for ourselves and the planet. How can we nudge consumers in the right direction, without pushing them away? The 2018 edition will see an even stronger focus on transparency, innovation and technology, and we will also hear how companies are successfully integrating migrant workers into their workforce. And, new to the agenda this year, solid waste and plastics. Never has this topic been more front and centre and delegates will hear first‐hand how our industry is looking to do its part to protect the oceans and shift towards a circular economy.

Delegates will also be treated to insights from an impressive array of speakers, including Fernando Manuel Ferreira Ajaújo, Secretary of State for Health for the Portuguese Government; Mike Coupe, CEO of Sainsbury’s; and the BBC’s Blue Planet II team who will be sharing their learnings from filming the award-winning TV programme. Our workshops will be more interactive and our impressive list of CEO speakers will ensure you understand what it means to drive positive change from the top down.

  1. A Growing FMCG Market

The consumer goods market continues to grow in Portugal, with a 4.2% overall increase in 2017 on the previous year. Large superstores proved to be the best-performing channel, with growth of 6.7%. As CGF member APED highlighted in their blog post, with growth comes increased, more complex sustainability challenges. We’ve also learned how Portugal’s retail store count has doubled in the last eight years.

  1. Networking

With 300+ experts and stakeholders attending, the Sustainable Retail Summit offers a unique opportunity for CEOs, FMCG experts and high-level government representatives to come together to discuss ideas and share solutions to today’s leading industry challenges.

We are really looking forward to bringing the industry together once again to discuss the pressing issues facing the consumer goods sector.

  1. Retail Champions Supporting SRS

The Portuguese grocery retail market is home to both key local players — including the event’s Exclusive Partner Jeronimo Martins, whose Pingo Doce banner is the market leader in the supermarket channel, and Sonae MC, whose Continente leads the hypermarket channel — and international retail players, including French giants Auchan and Intermarché, discounters Aldi and Lidl, and Spain’s DIA and Coviran. Both Jeronimo Martins and Sonae MC are vocal supporters of the SRS and you’ll be able to hear first-hand how they are capturing the hearts and minds of Portuguese consumers.

Join us to implement today for a sustainable, healthier tomorrow!

Marjolein Raes
Sustainable Retail Summit

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