PARIS, 20th April 2022
- Senior leaders from hundreds of retailers, manufacturers and other companies gear up for The Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit, taking place 20 – 23 June in Dublin, Ireland
- Industry leaders will discuss pressing challenges and opportunities including carbon reduction, empowering healthier consumer choices, accelerating a circular economy for plastics and responsible business growth
- Speakers announced already include James Quincey, Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company and CGF Board Co-Chair; Dame Ellen MacArthur, Ellen MacArthur Foundation; Nicolas Hieronimus, CEO, L’Oréal; and Judith McKenna, President and CEO, Walmart International
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), the global CEO-led business forum for retailers and manufacturers, is gearing up for its annual Global Summit from 20 – 23 June in Dublin. The event will bring hundreds of senior leaders together to strengthen collaborative approaches to some of the most urgent challenges facing people and planet.
The four-day Summit provides a major opportunity for CEOs, industry experts and opinion leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities including action needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, what next following COP26 commitments, the growing role of purpose driven business, and progress being achieved by CGF’s Coalitions of Action on eight critical areas: forests, human rights, plastics, healthier lives, food waste, food safety, sustainable supply chains and product data.
The Summit will take place in person for the first time in two years, focusing on ‘Resilience and Reinvention: Responsible Growth in the New Era’. The impact of the pandemic, as well as ongoing climate risks, have forced many across the industry to rethink how they operate, and this year’s theme reflects the need to shift and transform.
The event will provide inspiring examples of leadership, ingenuity, and innovation – with a focus on growing partnerships to address common challenges. Speakers and panellists announced so far include Alexandre Bompard, CEO, Carrefour; Brian McNamara, CEO, GSK Consumer Healthcare; Dame Ellen Macarthur DBE, Ellen MacArthur Foundation; Edmond Scanlon, CEO and Executive Director, Kerry Group; James Quincey, CGF Board Co-Chair & Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Judith McKenna, President and CEO, Walmart International; Noel Keeley, CEO, Musgrave; Nicolas Hieronimus, CEO, L’Oréal and Wai-Chan Chan, Managing Director, CGF.
Wai-Chan Chan, Managing Director of The Consumer Goods Forum, said:
“With the climate crisis pressing and consumer demands shifting, there has never been a more critical time for businesses to work collectively.
The world needs business at its best – and we know that for retailers and consumer goods brands, this means driving healthier and greener behaviours to positively impact people and planet.
The Global Summit offers the ideal forum for transparency, authenticity and building partnerships. We look forward to hearing from the leaders of the biggest consumer goods companies, and key partners, on how they are delivering impact at scale on issues such as food security and safety, plastics, human rights, deforestation and healthier and more sustainable diets.”
With more to be announced, highlighted sessions across the four-day programme include:
- Consumer-Centric Solutions with Kağan Sümer, CEO & Co-Founder of Gorillas
- What’s Next on the Race to Zero? with Ramon Laguarta, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, PepsiCo
- Walking the Tightrope – How to Find the Right Balance Between Shareholders and Purposeful Business with Jessica Tan, Co-CEO at Ping An Group and Isabelle Grosmaitre, Founder & CEO at Goodness & Co
- New Business Models – Shaping the Future with Purpose with Boxed.com Co-Founder & CEO Chieh Huang
- When Collaboration Makes a Difference – CEO led panel with Tina Müller from Douglas Group and Nicolas Hieronimus from L’Oréal
- Future Consumers and the Next Gen of Food Fighters with youth group Biteback 2030 and Frans Muller, President & CEO, Ahold Delhaize
Discussions at the Global Summit will be held via speaker sessions and panels, breakouts, coalition meetings and more. These will also include newly introduced Parallel Impact Sessions, where experts deep-dive into more operational discussions covering topics such as the “Rapid Rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer”, “Collaboration for Healthier Lives”, “Tackling Plastic Waste Towards a Circular Economy”, and “Investing in Climate, People and Nature”.
To find out more about the Global Summit, visit: theconsumergoodsforum.com/events/global-summit
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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.