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Board and Committee Leadership


Our Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour is sponsored at CGF Board level by Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO, Danone, and Steve Rowe, CEO, Marks & Spencer. As Board Co-sponsors, 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 Veronika Pountcheva, METRO AG, and Paul Lalli, The Coca-Cola Company.  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.

CEO Introduction

To mark the launch of the Coalition on Human Rights Day 2020, the Coalition’s Co-Sponsors, Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of Danone, and Olaf Koch, CEO of METRO AG, along with CGF Managing Director Wai-Chan Chan share the vision and strategy of the Coalition to create a world without forced labour in this introductory video.

To learn more about the mission of the Human Rights Coalition — Working to End Forced Labour:




Currently, there are 22 members of the Human Rights Coalition — Working to End Forced Labour. Interested CGF members wishing to join the Coalition are welcome to contact the CGF Social Sustainability Team for more information.


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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, read the launch press release or contact our Tokyo office.