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Board and Committee Leadership

Our Social Sustainability work is sponsored at Board level by Steve Rowe, CEO of Marks & Spencer and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. As Board sponsors they actively drive and support the work of the Social Sustainability Steering Committee and present the team’s progress to their peers during our bi-annual Board of Directors meetings.

The Social Sustainability Committee (SSC) is chaired by Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer, and Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer at Mars, Incorporated.

The Steering Committee has the mission of driving collaboration between retailers and manufacturers and building on the consumer goods companies’ long history in promoting decent working conditions.

The Committee’s role is to identify key foci and recommend corresponding actions to the Board, steer the broad implementation of these commitments across the industry, create meaningful collaborations with external stakeholders, and act as champions of our projects within their own companies all for the overarching objective to drive impactful change in the fight against forced labour.

Steering Committee Members

Co-chair: Mike BARRY, Marks & Spencer

Co-chair:  Jeff SEABRIGHT, Unilever


Hugo BYRNES, Ahold Delhaize

Luca VIRGINIO, Barilla

Lucy LU, Beijing Hualian Group

Mark DAVIS, The Body Shop International PLC

Mike MULLIN, Brambles

Niki KING, Campbell Soup Company


Brent WILTON, The Coca-Cola Company

Frederique DESROCHES, Danone

Bernardo Cruza MARTOS, El Corte Inglés

Maria MOLLBERG, Essity

Phyllis KONG, Ferrero

Jerry LYNCH, General Mills

Matthieu RICHE, Groupe Casino

Martha E HERNANDEZ, Grupo Bimbo

Rutger GOETHART, Heineken

Franz SPEER, Henkel

Kelly BRAATEN/Wendy WATKINS, Hormel Foods

Heinz ZELLER, Hugo Boss

Olivier TOUZE, Intermarché

Sara MIRANDA, Jerónimo Martins

Brian WHITE, The J.M. Smucker Company

Paulette FRANK / Thomas LaVAKE, Johnson & Johnson

Mr. Haruo HATANAKA / Takashi YOSHIOKA, Kao Corporation

Diane HOLDORF, Kellogg Company

Lisa MORDEN / Kent McVAY, Kimberly Clark Corporation

Jonathan MAHER, L’Oréal

Louise NICHOLLS, Marks & Spencer

Marika McCAULEY SINE, Mars

François TASMOWSKI, McCain Foods

Sheila DEWS-JOHNSON, McCormick & Company, Inc.

Veronika POUNTCHEVA, Metro

Franziska STAUBLI, Migros

Chris McGRATH / Jonathan HORRELL, Mondelēz International

Pedro PIRES / Saliha BARLATEY / Yann WYSS, Nestlé

Judi KOVACS, NBC Universal

Bjart Thorkil PEDERSEN, NorgesGruppen ASA

Kok Sin KOH, NTUC FairPrice

Clare IERY, Procter & Gamble

Brian KRAMER, PepsiCo

David NORTH, Pick’n’Pay


Kelly SEMRAU, S.C. Johnson


Laura FALK, Sainsbury’s

Gerald TOWNSEND, Sephora

Alexandra EAKINS, Sobeys

Danielle CLASEMAN, Target

Giles BOLTON, Tesco

Marcela MANUBENS, Unilever

Lauren STONE, Walgreens Boots Alliance


Laura RUBBO, The Walt Disney Company

Fiona WALMSLEY, Woolworths Limited

Get in Touch

Meet the Social Sustainability Team


Didier Bergeret

Director, Social Sustainability
The Consumer Goods Forum

Nadia Bunce

Manager, Social Sustainability
The Consumer Goods Forum

Sonja Schmid

Manager, Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative
The Consumer Goods Forum

Louise Chester

Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum

Sustainability in the Regions: Japan

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.