With deforestation, refrigeration and waste being significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions, the need for our industry to address these, and other, sustainability challenges remains clear. And, with ever more political instability, the private sector is well-placed to show leadership and drive positive change for the benefit of the planet and its people. It’s no longer enough to talk about what needs to happen. Members of the CGF understand the role they need to play and are committed to taking action on the most pressing environmental challenges facing our industry.
We are a “DO-TANK” that supports its members in implementing sustainable business practices that can positively impact a company’s entire supply chain. This isn’t about doing good at any cost, however. Our work seeks to align the industry on how to move forward together in a way that shows responsible business actions make for good business full stop. For example, we now have to research that shows for every $1 companies invested to reduce food loss and waste, they saved $14 in operating costs – concrete evidence of the clear return on investment from food loss and waste reduction.
The mission of our environmental sustainability work is, therefore, to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in tackling climate change, reducing waste and improving environmental stewardship in global supply chains. To achieve this, we are pursuing a two-part vision:
Sustainability improvements – driving and communicating sustainability improvements throughout the value chain
Multi-stakeholder collaborations – working together with cross-sector stakeholders to ensure positive business actions on the issues that matter most
To help the industry align around a common set of targets, our members have publicly committed to certain business practices through our resolutions on deforestation, refrigeration and food waste. We are also working with stakeholders to drive progress towards more broader international goals, such as those set by the United Nations the post-2015 development agenda. As well as working on UN Sustainable Development Goal 17, which focuses on developing partnerships, we are also working on:
consumption for all
Combat climate change
and its impacts
We believe our work will enable the industry to grow consumer trust at a time when stakeholder, media and consumer expectations of industry leadership are growing with the risk of campaigning and boycott. Deforestation, refrigeration and waste are widely recognised as being significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions and, with more frequent extreme weather events and supply chain costs rising, it is time for our industry to show environmental stewardship globally.
Of course, we cannot solve climate change and the food waste problem by ourselves. We must work in partnership with other stakeholders (in line with UN SDG 17) and create partnerships that drive positive change. Our desire is to work with other relevant stakeholders to ensure a lasting and positive impact, showing leadership and driving the conversation where needed. We believe this will enable the consumer goods industry to be more efficient and reduce both costs and the environmental impact of new business models. Such partnership can already be seen by our work with organisations like Champions 12.3, the Tropical Forest Alliance, Ellen McArthur Foundation and Banking Environment Initiative.
We have, together with our members, been working hard over the years to ensure the right foundation is in place to help build success stories across the industry. Today, we must lead by example and show exactly how the consumer goods industry, through the CGF members, is driving positive change, improving lives and securing the future of the planet.
The CGF is focusing its regionalisation strategy on bringing more focus to sustainability challenges in order to help drive sustainable business actions globally. This effort gained momentum in October 2017 with the launch of the Japan Sustainability Local Group. The Group showcases how our Japanese members are committed to addressing today’s sustainability challenges through the implementation of the CGF’s sustainability resolutions and is actively working on both the environmental and social sustainability agendas of the CGF. Both local members and multinational companies collaborate on these global and regional sustainability agendas in Japan. To learn more, read the launch press release or contact our Tokyo office.