• The premier annual networking event for industry CEOs convenes at the Marina Bay Sands from 12th-15th June 2018
  • The face of consumer goods is changing. To stay ahead of the technological revolution and the rapid expansion in data, companies must develop business models that are truly consumer-centric
  • The CEOs of The Coca-Cola Company, Alibaba, Dairy Farm and Procter & Gamble will join leading politicians and key industry figures


PARIS, 30th April 2018 – The Consumer Goods Forum is delighted to announce a prestigious roster of speakers for the CGF’s upcoming 62nd Global Summit – to be hosted 12th-15th June 2018 in Singapore, and themed “Consumer Centricity in a Data-Driven World.”

The opening speaker, Minister for Trade and Industry for the Republic of Singapore, S. Iswaran, will be joined by industry leaders including Daniel Zhang, Alibaba CEO; James Quincey, The Coca-Cola Company CEO; Ian McLeod, Dairy Farm CEO; David Taylor, The Procter & Gamble CEO; and Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization. The distinguished list of speakers also includes other political, government and media leaders including Madeleine Albright, the 64th US Secretary of State.

More than 1,000 prominent delegates, from over 400 leading consumer goods companies will engage with this year’s theme through sessions focused on stories such as:

  • Investing in the age of disruption;
  • Evolving retail for the smart consumer;
  • The future of work: people & technology;
  • Positive change in action: driving a circular economy;
  • New Retail: creating new value for consumers;
  • Global millennials: the data-driven facts;
  • Executing a digital and omni-channel growth strategy; and
  • Transforming customer experiences through big data.

The CGF Global Summit will highlight that consumer centricity is not just about making consumers like businesses. Rather, it’s about ensuring that the right internal and consumer-facing strategies are in place, encouraging a shift away from traditional business-driven strategies.

The Asian Landscape

Asia is leading the way in smart cities; Singapore in particular represents one of the most mature and diverse retail landscapes in the world. It’s renowned for its investments in technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and robotics – and therefore, Singaporean consumers have very high expectations from brands. They expect an exceptional standard of customer service and a seamless omni-channel retailing experience. This makes Singapore a fascinating place to share ideas and knowledge on the consumer goods and retail industry.



The I-Zone is widely recognised as the place to be to learn more about the latest developments and retail trends.  In 2018, however, the CGF is bringing more innovative experiences to the 1,000 delegates in attendance. Already the heart of networking breaks, lunches and business discussions at this key, global networking event, delegates will now also be able to experience more immersive demonstrations of brand excellence. This will include demonstrations from companies including Ajinomoto, Ascential, Barilla, Brand Loyalty, DIGI, ITO EN, EY, John Brown Media, Puratos, Rakuten and TCC.

The Presentation Theatre will also add even more to the Global Summit experience. This year, the CGF is gathering some of the brightest minds and the best ideas in the networking breaks to further demonstrate excellence in action, and how companies around the world are driving positive change, and building better lives through better business. There will be a series of 15-20 minute I-Talks from those at the forefront of change.

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum, commented: “The Global Summit is often described as the most important leadership event on the consumer goods industry’s calendar. The key focus of this year’s conference will be on how to ensure that we continue to keep consumers at the centre of the digital transformation in our industry. In that context we will also be discussing how we can accelerate our work on global positive change, which Millennials and younger consumers are so concerned to see. We are delighted to be holding the event in Singapore, one of the world’s leading smart cities, with some of the most digitally sophisticated consumers, and geographically close to so many Asian digital innovations. I am very much looking forward to welcoming our members there in a couple of months’ time.”

The Global Summit brings delegates an unparalleled opportunity to network with CEOs from some of the world’s most successful companies, and gain key insights into the challenges faced by retailers, manufacturers and their service providers in the consumer goods industry. More: www.tcgfsummit.com.

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Notes to Editors

The 2018 Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment & Employment will be taking place on 11th-12th June 2018 as a side event to the Global Summit.  For further details, please visit here 


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 3.5 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 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

For further information, please contact:

Lee Green
Director, Communications
The Consumer Goods Forum

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