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26-28 OCTOBER 2022

AMSTERDAM
Global Conference

Sustainable Retail Summit

Programme

This programme may be subject to change
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THE SUSTAINABLE RETAIL SUMMIT
8:00 am - 8:30 am
Towards a Circular Economy - Beyond the Redesign of Plastics

There is an urgent need to tackle the environmental problems associated with plastic waste, especially as 95% of plastic packaging is created for single use and packaging produced by our industry is on the rise globally. The United Nations Environmental Programme estimates that of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics produced since the 1950s, about 60 percent has ended up in a landfill or the natural environment. The 8-12 million tonnes of plastic litter that ends up in the ocean every year is one of the most visible and alarming signs of this problem. We need collaborative action, and the CGF is in a prime position to drive positive change on the plastic waste challenge and toward a circular economy.

Moving from a linear to a circular economy requires a different approach to plastic usage, from production, consumption and reuse, to recycling and disposal. This new approach will require collaboration, knowledge and experience sharing, and creating partnerships with different sectors and organisations that, under different circumstances, might not normally have come together to act. Join our panelists to learn more!

More to be announced soon!

Main Stage

Isabelle KUMAR
Plenary Moderator - Presenter and Journalist
Willemijn PEETERS
CEO & Founder
Searious Business
Ignacio GAVILAN
Environmental Sustainability Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
Procter & Gamble
8:30 am - 8:55 am
Empowering Consumer Choice - Inclusivity & Affordability

Join this session to learn more about the current global reality and challenges surrounding health and consumer choice, where the cost of living, affordability and current inflation are having significant impacts. Panelists will discuss the challenges and solutions to the current global context – how are prices and procurement affecting health and sustainability agendas, what changes in consumer behaviour are being observed? Will consumers focus on shopping for value only and neglect sustainability? What future trends are being forecast?

More to be announced soon!

Main Stage

Isabelle KUMAR
Plenary Moderator - Presenter and Journalist
Sharon BLIGH
Health & Wellness Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
8:55 am - 9:20 am
The Role of Environmental Labelling - Best Practices for FMCG Companies

Within CHL, we know that it not easy for consumers to make healthier and more sustainable choices. We believe that the harmonisation of labels and information across countries could be a powerful way to raise awareness. Our Coalition of Action strives to understand behaviour change in consumers – what drives it and what impact labels and information have on the consumption of healthier and more sustainable products.

In this session, delegates will gain valuable insights into ambitions around environmental labelling – how has increased awareness on ecolabel developed among retailers, how has the uptake of the label by industry been encouraged and at the same time empowered sustainable consumer choice and what are retailers doing to avoid the pitfalls and actively implement food ecolabelling?

More to be announced soon!

Main Stage

Isabelle KUMAR
Plenary Moderator - Presenter and Journalist
9:20 am - 9:50 am
Sustainable Business is Smart Business: Investing in Climate, People and Nature
  • The Consumer Goods Forum is taking collective action for a forest positive future. Companies need to look beyond their individual supply chains to protect and restore forest environments in the landscapes where key commodities are sourced. The people who live and work in these landscapes must be included and prioritized.

    Drawing upon learnings from the CGF’s Forest Positive Coalition, the session will explore the Coalition’s key strategy for investing in “production landscapes” — the environments, communities, and ecosystems where raw commodities are sourced. With this approach, Coalition members are collectively supporting actions on-the-ground to drive positive outcomes for the climate, people, and nature.

    Focus will equally be given to the integration of environmental and social sustainability to achieve change and systemic solutions to human rights issues in the context of the CGF’s theory of change to reach forest positive for climate, nature and people.

More to be announced soon!

Main Stage

Isabelle KUMAR
Plenary Moderator - Presenter and Journalist
Didier BERGERET
Director, Sustainability
The Consumer Goods Forum
9:50 am - 10:30 am
Networking Break

Exhibition Area

 

Interactive Breakout Sessions

This series of interactive sessions will discuss and debate specific issues to determine tangible outputs and key takeaways for business. They will be a mixture of engaging case studies and interactive debate with an emphasis on the practicalities and realities of the industry and a focus on current & future trends.

10:30 am - 11:10 am
Interactive Breakout Session - How to Practically Implement Decarbonisation in Your Company’s Operations

More to be announced soon!

South Pole
11:15 am - 11:45 am
Interactive Breakout Session - ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour

More to be announced soon!

International Labour Organization
11:50 am - 12:15 pm
Interactive Breakout Session - Taking Positive Action on Health & Wellbeing

More to be announced soon!

Sharon BLIGH
Health & Wellness Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Group Workshop 2: Angelo Vermeulen - Designing Your Own Regenerative Ecosystem

In this workshop, led by Angelo Vermeulen – Space Systems Researcher, Biologist and Artist – delegates will design new concepts for regenerative ecosystems to be used both on Earth and in deep space. The challenge is to design novel ecosystems by creatively combining different organisms and crops, taking into account their specific metabolic needs. The goal is to create a circular concept and close as many of the waste loops as possible. This co-creation workshop is specifically targeted at a broad audience and no prior knowledge is required.

A short introduction into existing regenerative ecosystems and alternative farming techniques will be provided to get started and delegates will then work in groups. At the end of the workshop, selected teams will be invited to give a short presentation about their proposal, with feedback from both Angelo and the other participants. This group workshop will run twice, on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, in order to give all delegates the opportunity to participate!

Main Plenary Hall

 

Angelo VERMEULEN
Space Systems Researcher, Biologist and Artist
Aliya KUMEKBAYEVA
Sustainability Manager
The Consumer Goods Forum
12:30 pm - 12:50 pm
Systemic Leadership for Forced Labour - The Future of Work

The Consumer Goods Industry is one of the most labour-intensive. CGF membership is estimated to employ more than 100 million workers alongside its value chains. We will mostly all be aware of the current trends – labour shortages – linked to what’s described as the ‘big quit’, remote working and automation but also migrant worker and refugee flows and the often-correlated issue of modern slavery. While labour shortages can lead to salaries increasing, there is also a temptation for companies to reach into vulnerable worker categories – and increase the risk of exploitation. While fair working conditions appear to be a question of choice for some, it is an imposed reality for others.

More to be announced soon!

Main Stage

12:50 pm - 1:15 pm
Special Closing Keynote: Angelo Vermeulen, Space Systems Researcher, Biologist and Artist

In his talk, Angelo will take you to outer space, and show you how this unique vantage point provides us with radical solutions and an enriching perspective on our challenges on Earth. Angelo will share his experience of participating in a NASA food study during a 4-month isolation experiment on the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, and what it taught him about the cultural and psychological significance of food. He will talk about his concept of ‘molecular sustainability’ and how bioregenerative ecosystems could not just be a solution for astronauts, but also for our future on Earth. The so-called ‘overview effect’ is a shift in awareness that astronauts experience when looking down at our fragile planet from space. Angelo had a similar experience during his NASA mission, and will make a case for vigorously practicing a holistic view on the world.

Main Stage

Angelo VERMEULEN
Space Systems Researcher, Biologist and Artist
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Closing Networking Lunch

Timings & sessions may be subject to change.