The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is aware of a recent report sent to media by Greenpeace. The report’s conclusion incorrectly notes that companies are unwilling to do what is needed; although the global consumer industry purchases only a small fraction of the commodities that are grown in tropical forests, our members are playing an important role in addressing these issues. For that reason, nine years ago, the Board of The Consumer Goods Forum launched a series of activities aimed at driving sustainable sourcing across our industry.
Since 2010 the CGF has worked with our members, governments, civil society and other stakeholders to accelerate the shift towards sustainable sourcing. Our work has included:
Today, the CGF’s members have moved substantially closer to our goal of 100% sustainable sourcing of the four commodity groups. But over the last nine years we have also learned that the forces driving deforestation are more complex than almost any stakeholder realised in 2010. We now believe that sourcing certified sustainable commodities is, on its own, not sufficient to eliminate deforestation.
So, over the last 18 months we have been working with our external stakeholders to develop an even more effective strategy to combat deforestation. During our Global Summit, the Board will be discussing the next steps to implement that strategy and we will share more details on it, as planned, during UN Climate Week in September 2019.