Board and Committee Leadership


Our Human Rights Coalition is sponsored at CGF Board level by Steve Rowe, CEO, Marks & Spencer. As Board Co-sponsor, they actively drive and support the work of the Coalition Committee and present the team’s progress to their peers during our bi-annual Board of Directors meetings.

The Coalition Committee is co-chaired by Paul Lalli, Global VP, Human Rights, The Coca-Cola Company, and Virginie Mahin, Senior Director Global Social Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, Mondelēz International. The Committee has the mission of driving collaboration between retailers and manufacturers and building on the consumer goods companies’ long history in promoting decent working conditions.

The Committee’s role is to identify key foci and recommend corresponding actions to the Board, steer the broad implementation of these commitments across the industry, create meaningful collaborations with external stakeholders, and act as champions of our projects within their own companies all for the overarching objective to drive impactful change in the fight against forced labour.



Currently, there are 27 members of the Human Rights Coalition. Interested CGF members wishing to join the Coalition are welcome to contact the CGF Social Sustainability Team for more information.



The Coalition is also supported by the Fair Labor Association and the International Organization for Migration, who provide technical expertise and implementation support.

Driving Cross-Coalition Collaboration

In the spirit of collective action, the HRC also works closely with other Coalitions of Action at the CGF. As the CGF’s technical benchmark for third-party sustainability standards that are relevant in global supply chains, the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) works with the HRC to help ensure the social compliance standards included in the SSCI criteria are well understood within the HRC strategies. In particular, the SSCI supports the HRC’s work on human rights due diligence (HRDD) by providing alignment and insights on the industry’s expectations for social sustainability standards in managing their auditing/certification programmes. 

The HRC is also engaging in dialogues with the Forest Positive Coalition to help ensure the latter Coalition’s strategy for ending commodity-driven deforestation is not only supportive of the environment, but also of the peoples and communities who live and work in forests. This means, for example, ensuring the HRC’s PIPs are strongly integrated into the Forest Positive strategy and raising awareness through greater cross-sector dialogues about how human rights and deforestation concerns are related. The two Coalitions are working together particularly on the issue of palm oil, especially as the HRC develops its Palm Oil Roadmap, but are committed to ensuring forest positive means “people positive” for all commodities.

Sustainability in the Regions: Japan

The CGF is focusing its regionalisation strategy on bringing more focus to sustainability challenges in order to help drive sustainable business actions globally.  This effort gained momentum in October 2017 with the launch of the Japan Sustainability Local Group. The Group showcases how our Japanese members are committed to addressing today’s sustainability challenges through the implementation of the CGF’s sustainability resolutions and is actively working on both the environmental and social sustainability agendas of the CGF. Both local members and multinational companies collaborate on these global and regional sustainability agendas in Japan.  To learn more, contact our Tokyo office.

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