The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Collaboration for Healthier Lives Coalition of Action’s (CHL) Steering Committee, which consists of manufacturers, retailers and external partners, met in Copenhagen on 18 October 2023 ahead of the CGF Sustainable Retail Summit (SRS). Members participated in a full day of presentations and meetings to define a roadmap for 2024 and share insights from local markets. The overall aim was to share key learnings and decide on collective actions that empower consumers and employees to live healthier and more sustainable lives.

The key themes that ran throughout the meeting included: (consumer) behaviour change; healthier and more sustainable diets; employee health and wellbeing; and preventive health. These were based on the Coalition of Action’s revised ‘Better Options, Better Choices and Better Communities‘ strategy.

The Coalition of Action reviewed progress and results across its local Coalition for Healthier Lives (CHL) initiatives in China, France, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Portugal and Turkiye respectively. For Portugal, Jeronimo Martins made 35 health and sustainability commitments around compliance, reduction, and elimination of harmful substances in their private label products. 

You can learn more about how more impactful initiatives can be built in CHL’s toolkit ‘Behaviour Change Playbookthat has recently been released.

CHL SteerCo Members meet in the Tivoli Hotel in Copenhagen before the commencement of the 8th edition of the CGF’s Sustainable Retail Summit.

The following day, a panel discussion on health, food waste and human rights, explored the intersections between sustainability and health. Panellists highlighted the need to break down silos between these topics and how central to business success people’s well-being is.


From left to right: Isabelle KUMAR, Plenary Moderator – Presenter and Journalist, Chris FRANKE, Senior Manager, Global Sustainability, Walmart, Ayla ZIZ, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Chief Customer Officer, Danone, Paul LALLI, Global VP, Human Rights, The Coca-Cola Company.

In June 2023 the CGF elected its new Co-Chairs Frans Muller, President & CEO of Ahold Delhaize, and Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International who called to amplify the Forum’s ambition on boosting employee health and wellbeing across all 400+ CGF members. Thus, the CHL is committed to working with CGF members to help promote  workplace cultures that actively promote and support well-being. This makes the work of the CHL Employee Wellbeing Working Group vital in driving change. The priorities of the working group, which include leadership advocacy, healthier food at work and developing tangible programme impact metrics, were presented in an interactive discussion on Day 2 at SRS.

From left to right: Helen WRAY Global Mental Health & Energy Lead Mars, Inc., Maria Fernanda POSADA Sustainability Director Grupo Éxito, Bärbel WEILIGMANN Global Lead Workforce Nutrition Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Isabelle KUMAR, Plenary Moderator and Journalist. 

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