To help guide our members on their journey, our Board has approved four sustainability Resolutions, three of which are still ongoing. In 2010, a public commitment was made on achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 through the sustainable sourcing of key commodities like soy, palm oil, cattle and paper and pulp, while the first refrigeration resolution was also announced (closed December 2015). A third resolution was approved in 2015 to halve food waste within our members’ individual operations by 2025. The most recent resolution on refrigeration was announced end of 2016 and called on the rapid phase down of high GWP HFCs.
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, cattle, palm oil and paper & pulp, 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 sustainable sourcing guidelines and other tools, 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.
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 achieve 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.
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 another resolution in 2010 aimed at eliminating HFC-based refrigeration and moving globally to the use of natural refrigerants as of 2015 – a process that started with our original Refrigeration Resolution. The second Refrigeration Resolution was approved by our Board in December 2015. It confirms our commitment to the rapid phase down of high GWP (global warming potential) HFCs and more sustainable management of refrigeration and systems as we look to meet the ambitious goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to further pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C, as set out in the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21). We additionally recognise that our 2010 Resolution has helped stimulate innovative alternatives to HFC refrigerants which are commercially available and deployed today.
With the support of refrigeration working group, our efforts are focused on bringing retailers, manufacturers, technology suppliers and strategic partners together to discuss challenges and find solutions. Our Refrigeration Case Studies Booklet provides concrete examples of how companies are already making the shift to natural and ultra-low GWP refrigerants.
2017: CGF Joins Trash Free Sea Alliance and Ellen McArthur Foundation; Publication of reference document for CGF Members, “Setting a Baseline to Meet the CGF Food Waste Resolution”; and call to action on date labelling announced at NY Climate Week.
2016: Peter Freedman joins Champion 12.3 as industry Champion; 2nd Refrigeration Resolution approved by Board of Directors; Publication of food waste and refrigeration case study booklets.
2015: Board approves Food Waste Resolution; Original Refrigeration Resolution closed; Climate Change Case Studies Booklet published to coincide with COP21; and Publication of Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines
2014: Publication of the Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines; Board of Directors calls for binding global climate change Deal; and Mike Barry (Marks & Spencer) and Jeff Seabright (Unilever) appointed Co-Chairs of the Environmental Sustainability Committee.
2013: Publication of the Paper, Pulp and Packaging Sourcing Guidelines; Along with US Government, we are a founding partner of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020; and launched groundbreaking Activation Toolkit
2012: Launch of the Communications Glossary
2011: Launch of the Global Protocol on Packaging
2010: Deforestation and Refrigeration Resolutions approved by Board
2009: Sustainability work begins following creation of The Consumer Goods Forum