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Eradicating Forced Labour

The Social Sustainability initiative is uniquely positioned to drive the sustainability conversation forward. We work to achieve decent working conditions and sustainable supply chains across the consumer goods industry and worldwide. To accomplish this aim, we set voluntary industry commitments such as our resolution on the eradication of forced labour and provide guidance to key actors on sustainable supply chain practices through our Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative and our Reference Tools.

Our mission is to provide and promote an international reference and common understanding of best practices for sustainable supply chain management while driving social sustainability improvements throughout the value chain of the consumer goods industry, ultimately improving the lives of workers.

Today, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 25 million people are in forced labour, including 16 million in the private sector, which includes domestic work, construction or agriculture. This is an unacceptable situation that the consumer goods industry firmly intends to fight, both through its groundbreaking 2016 Board-approved Resolution on Forced Labour and through the continued support of the post-2015 development agenda.

More specifically, our work to eradicate forced labour has been designed to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 1:
End Poverty in all its forms

SDG 8:
Provide decent work for all

SDG 17:
Create mechanisms and partnerships

Tackling forced labour requires focused collective action. Through the CGF’s global influence, leadership position and convening power, we are expertly placed to help drive positive business actions against forced labour by engaging the industry alongside relevant institutions and stakeholders.


Working closely with governments, civil society and on the ground initiatives will be intrinsic to the success of our collective action on forced labour, and on effective steps to prevent, mitigate and remediate human rights impacts in own operations and across global supply chains.

Business Actions Booklet
See how our members are working towards the implementation of our Forced Labour Resolution via our case studies booklet.
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.