PARIS and DUBLIN, 21st June 2022 — The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has today launched its Carbon Solutions Hub (the Hub), a new knowledge repository built in collaboration with Accenture. The Hub is designed to help CGF members and the broader retail and FMCG sectors to navigate the sustainability landscape, find inspiration, and make and execute against net zero targets at speed. The announcement was made during the CGF’s annual flagship event, the Global Summit, currently being held in Dublin, and is part of the CGF’s commitment to its role as an official UN Race to Zero Accelerator, as announced at COP26 in Glasgow.
The Hub includes key information on decarbonisation, the Race to Zero campaign, and aggregated resources from across the sustainability ecosystem. It is organised in three sections: 1) an Introduction to Net Zero providing context and rationale for decarbonisation; 2) a guide to the Race to Zero campaign and how to join; and 3) the Knowledge Repository to learn more.
The Knowledge Repository section is a collection of over 100 case studies, and other resources, which have been categorised by distinct decarbonisation levers identified as priority areas for carbon reduction within the consumer goods and retail industries. The collection can be searched and filtered by decarbonisation lever, resource type, and sub-topic. The Hub is intended to be a living repository, and more relevant content will continue to be added, with a form for third-party submissions available on the site.
Ignacio Gavilan, Environmental Sustainability Director, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “As a CEO-led organisation, we have been working hard to help transition members to net zero and, more specifically, join the UN’s Race to Zero campaign. This work started with the creation of our Board-led Net Zero Taskforce in 2021 and we have already seen the number of Board members committed to Race to Zero more than double. Since becoming an official Race to Zero Accelerator, we have stepped up our work, hosting webinars and working with our Coalitions of Action. The launch of the Carbon Solutions Hub is another step as we look to share knowledge and best practices and make it easier for our members to transition to net zero. There’s a lot of great content out there, and we want our members to find it. Now, thanks to the support of Accenture, they can by visiting one single source.”
Oliver Wright, Senior managing director, global lead of Accenture’s Consumer Goods & Services industry group, said, “The consumer goods industry has proven to be adaptable and resilient, even in times of great disruption and uncertainty. The challenge of managing complex global value chains and raising the bar for sustainability commitments – from addressing Scope 3 emissions to the adoption of circular practices – is significant.
“Working in close collaboration with The Consumer Goods Forum, we have developed the Carbon Solutions Hub to inspire and help business leaders accelerate their journey to achieving net zero by providing practical information and resources, and enabling industries to come together to share experiences and success stories with others.
“Armed with knowledge, a continued willingness to work together, and a sharpened focus on embedding sustainability into every facet of the organisation, business leaders will be better positioned to create new levels of value, drive down costs and do the right thing for society and the planet.”
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About The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. 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. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 4.6 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 55 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.
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