Delegates to the event – The 58th Global Summit – will enjoy speeches and presentations from some of the biggest names in the consumer goods industry and beyond, including Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman & CEO, L’Oréal; Georges Plassat, Chairman & CEO, Carrefour; Nikesh Arora, Senior Vice President & Chief Business Officer, Google; Jamie Oliver MBE, Chef, Restaurateur and Health Advocate; Michael T. Duke Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at Walmart; and Justin King, CEO of Sainsbury’s supermarkets. 

The Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit 2014 convenes in Paris 18th- 20th June  
PARIS, 11th June 2014 – One week today, CEOs from the biggest names in the global consumer goods and retail businesses will descend on Paris to discuss the future of their industries. The Consumer Goods Forum’s (The Forum) 2014 Global Summit promises to be one of the most important yet, with businesses having to adapt to a wide array of challenges, any one of which has the potential to be transformational. While companies in the developed West battle against economic stagnation and businesses in the East come to terms with uneven growth, the central question for all will be how consumer goods organisations can ensure continued growth through a period of rapid change. 
The Global Summit of The Consumer Goods Forum will take place in Paris from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th June at the Carrousel du Louvre, and will seek to address the most vital topics facing retailers across the globe today, offering perspectives on growth, the future of retail and the rise of the ‘Chief Executive Consumer’ to name a few. Attendees will also learn from industry best practice and get an update on The Forum’s progress against its strategic ‘pillars’. 
Key themes set to be addressed at this year’s summit include how the changing roles of consumers, retail and technology will define the future of the industry; the lessons we can learn from governments, thinkers and global European companies; and why consumers should be seen as individuals rather than segments.
Peter Freedman, Managing Director at The Consumer Goods Forum, commented: “With every year that passes the value of The Global Summit only increases. Regardless of where your business is located in the world, and whether you are a retailer or a manufacturer, the next few years are likely to bring unprecedented levels of change. Not only do consumer goods companies need to adapt to turbulent economic conditions and the impact of a rapidly evolving digital world, they need to be seen to be doing it in a way that preserves and builds consumer trust. In this context, The Global Summit will play an important role in forging a profitable and robust consumer goods industry for the future”.
The vision of The Consumer Goods Forum is to create ‘better lives through better business’. Manufacturers and retailers partner with The Forum to develop common positions and make improvements in four strategic priority areas for the industry – sustainability, health & wellness, product safety and end-to-end value chain. More:
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About The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (“The Forum”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members.  It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format.  
The Forum member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion. Their retailer and manufacturer members directly employ nearly 10 million people with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain.
The Forum is governed by its Board of Directors, which includes 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs and Chairpersons. 
The Forum provides a unique global platform for knowledge and best practice sharing around the following strategic priorities: Sustainability, Product Safety, Health & Wellness, End-to-End Value Chain & Standards, which are central to the advancement of today’s consumer goods industry.
The Forum’s mission is, “Bringing together consumer goods manufacturers and retailers in pursuit of business practices for efficiency and positive change across our industry benefiting shoppers, consumers and the world without impeding competition”. 
To fulfil this, its members have given The Forum a mandate to develop common positions on key strategic and operational issues affecting the consumer goods business, with a strong focus on non-competitively sensitive process improvement.  
The Forum’s success is driven by the active participation of the key players in the sector who together develop and lead the implementation of best practices along the value chain.
With its headquarters in Paris and its regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, The Forum serves its members throughout the world. 
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Fergus Campbell, GolinHarris International
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