The keynote address was then given by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado. Over the next three days, CEOs such as Motoya Okada, President of Aeon Co., Ltd., Motoki Ozaki, Chairman of the Board of Kao Corporation, Ryuichi Isaka, President & Chief Operating Officer of Seven-Eleven Japan and Jie Hong, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of China Resources Enterprise Limited will join academic luminaries such as Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate, to discuss how retail is changing in Japan, China and the rest of Asia, and what tools organisations can use to benefit from these changes. 

— Over 900 CEOs and senior leaders from the consumer goods industry convene for The Global Summit of The Consumer Goods Forum 
— Keynote opening address given by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado 
TOKYO, 12th June 2013 – Leaders from the world’s top consumer goods companies have gathered today in Tokyo at the start of a three-day conference to explore the impact of Asia on the global consumer goods market. The Global Summit, organised by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), was opened by CGF Co-Chairs Gareth Ackerman, Chairman, Pick n Pay Stores and Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. 
Mr Okada, also on the Board of the CGF, commented: “It’s extremely pleasing to welcome The Global Summit and attending delegates to Japan. This moment has actually been a long-time coming, as the 2011 edition was initially meant to be hosted here, but was relocated due to the devastating tsunami. While those days will never be forgotten, the fact that we are here, only two years later, is something the Japanese membership can be very proud of. 
“As CEOs and business leaders from around the world gather today, I am certain that the case studies and discussions will help provide answers to some of the most important questions facing the retail sector: how to succeed in a world where consumers are increasingly hailing from Asia, how to address rapidly changing age demographics, and how best practices can be applied no matter the market”. 
The CGF is an influential global organisation with over 400 members, representing €2.5 trillion in sales. Membership is equally represented by retailers and manufacturers. 
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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-competitively sensitive 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. 
For more information, contact: 
Fergus Campbell, GolinHarris International 
Mobile: +44 7799 132 303 
Office: +44 20 7067 0699 
Lee Green, Communications Manager 
The Consumer Goods Forum 
Kaoru Fujisaki, GolinHarris International 
Mobile: +81 80 2250 9705 
Office: +81 3 5484 6013