PARIS, 20th June 2012 – The Consumer Goods Forum was established to facilitate industry‐wide collaboration and to enable its members to work together by serving shoppers, consumers and communities better, faster, with greater value and more responsibly. To help its members work towards this mission, The Consumer Goods Forum has created the first professional online network of the retail and consumer goods industry.
The Knowledge Navigator will enable CGF members to be a more integral and active part of its network sharing all over the world, anywhere, anytime.
Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Co‐Chair of the CGF Knowledge Sharing and People Development pillar said: “The Knowledge Navigator is a new, web‐based tool, developed in partnership with leading technology companies Microsoft, CapGemini, Newsgator and Artis that will enable the advanced industry collaboration and communication among CGF members needed to tackle the industry’s global challenges and opportunities.”
The pillar’s Co‐Chair, and newly elected Co‐Chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, Gareth Ackerman, Chairman, Pick n Pay Stores Ltd added, “This new one stop digital center, will enable CGF working group members from manufacturers, retailers and CGF staff to virtually work more effectively and efficiently together on emerging trends, sustainability, health and safety, operational excellence, and talent development. The development of this tool took a tremendous amount of industry collaboration and support from the leading IT companies Indra noted. I would like to thank each of these companies, and especially PepsiCo.”
The platform has been launched at the Consumer Goods Forum flagship event in Istanbul to over 800 industry leaders representing its membership from around the globe. The Forum is delighted to offer its members a unique platform to enable them to work together in a transparent and efficient fashion and to share insights into all CGF activities with the wider CGF membership.
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The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is a global, parity‐based industry network, driven by its members. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of over 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders across 70 countries and reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. 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 Consumer Goods Forum is governed by its Board of Directors, which includes 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs and Chairmen.
The Forum provides a unique global platform for knowledge exchange and initiatives around five strategic priorities – Emerging Trends, Sustainability, Safety & Health, Operational Excellence and Knowledge Sharing & People Development – which are central to the advancement of today’s consumer goods industry.
The Forum’s vision is: “Better lives through better business”. 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‐competitive 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 CGF serves its members throughout the world.