On 20th April 2021, CGF Sustainability Director, Didier Bergeret, joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC’s) annual SPC Impact conference for a virtual session entitled, “Responsible Sourcing: Why Companies are Making Investments in the Forests They Rely On?” in his role as director of the CGF’s Forest Positive Coalition. The session was sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a CGF member.

Bergeret was joined by Tom Pollock, Associate Director of SPC Forest Products, GreenBlue,; Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply and Forestry Manager of IKEA; and Rodrigue Kreilmann, Sustainable Sourcing Manager of Mars, Inc. Mars is a member of the CGF’s Forest Positive Coalition and Kreilmann is Mars’ representative in the Coalition’s Paper, Pulp and Fibre-based Packaging Workstream.

The session discussed the enormous pressures that forests are facing today, despite the important role they play in the planet’s wellbeing, and how companies with paper packaging are taking steps to ensure their paper is sourced in a forest positive way. Referring to the Forest Positive Coalition, Bergeret explained the Coalition’s Theory of Change and Coalition-wide Actions, which are captured in the Coalition’s Roadmaps, and include individual and collective actions that Coalition members are taking to remove deforestation from their supply chains. 

Specifically for this session, Bergeret explained how the Coalition’s Paper, Pulp and Fibre-based Packaging (PPP) Roadmap outlines specific steps related to the paper sector and how its strategy also has a stronger focus on sustainable forest management than the Roadmaps designed for other commodities.

The PPP Roadmap is now available here.

The Forest Positive Coalition was formed in 2020 by The Consumer Goods Forum and brings together 20 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers, with a combined market value of around US $2 trillion, to take collective action to remove deforestation, forest conversion and degradation from key commodity supply chains. For more information about the Coalition’s actions to create a forest positive future, visit the Coalition’s website.