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The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AIM-PROGRESS, an organisation which has become a crucial strategic partner in our global fight against forced labour.

The CGF and AIM-PROGRESS have already been collaborating for several years on their common goals related to responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chains. In 2016, AIM-PROGRESS publicly expressed support for the CGF’s Priority Industry Principles (PIPs) against Forced Labour, as well as the Social Resolution on Forced Labour. AIM-PROGRESS members agreed to help publicise and implement the Principles in their supply chains and operations.

The signing of this MoU represents a formal agreement to strengthen this key partnership and work together to co-organise and co-host supplier events in key geographies, and to share tools, resources and information.

AIM-PROGRESS’ extensive experience in organising supplier events will allow us to extend our reach and further strengthen our awareness raising and capacity building efforts on addressing the core drivers of forced labour. In September 2017, the CGF co-hosted Responsible Operations and Sourcing events in Bangkok, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia alongside AIM-PROGRESS. These events enabled locally based suppliers and business partners to learn more about the industry’s responsible sourcing expectations and to better understand how the Priority Industry Principles can be better implemented in to business operations.

The MoU also states that the CGF and AIM-PROGRESS will collaborate to provide their respective members with resources, including guidance documents and tools.

We are delighted to strengthen our ties with AIM-PROGRESS and believe that this strategic partnership will enable us to accelerate our work on responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chains, through the mainstreaming of the Priority Industry Principles in key geographical areas.