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A Thriving Global Membership

The only organisation that brings consumer goods retailers and manufacturers together globally, we are a CEO-led organisation that helps the world’s retailers and consumer goods manufacturers to collaborate, alongside other key stakeholders, to secure consumer trust and drive positive change, including greater efficiency. With our global reach, CEO leadership and focus on retailer-manufacturer collaboration, we are in a unique position to drive positive change and efficiency across the consumer goods industry and around the world. We do so for the benefit of both people and the planet, as well as our businesses, ensuring better lives through better business:

We provide critical implementation support to our members, equipping them with the skills and tools to meet CGF commitments.

We regularly engage with key stakeholders, collaborating with a variety of different actors with shared collective goals.

 

We provide a platform for networking and best-practice sharing across the consumer goods industry and beyond.

A New Approach Towards Collective Impact

In 2020, we are re-imagining our strategy to help accelerate our collective impact. Much as been achieved by our members over the last decade, but we acknowledge there is more yet to be done. Whether it’s addressing the challenges associated with our strategic priorities or finding new ways to drive actions further and faster, and involving more external stakeholders, we need to help our members seize the opportunities offered by purpose-driven business models.

We all know how important “purpose” has become to consumers, shoppers, employees and investors, worldwide. The issues currently on the CGF’s agenda represent in many ways an existential challenge to companies in the consumer industry globally. At the same time, as people everywhere are more and more attracted by purpose, the return to companies that truly deliver positive societal change on these issues goes up.

To help our members seize this opportunity, we need to change our ways of working and governance model. We are calling this new approach “Coalitions of Action” and we hope to organise one Coalition around each of the CGF’s initiatives.

Although Coalitions of Action will not change the key topics being addressed by our members – like deforestation, plastics, food waste, consumer health, product data and forced labour – they will provide several key benefits:

 

  • Focused on one key topic.
  • Accessible to all CGF members.
  • Integrated global and regional agendas.
  • Explicit company commitments.
  • Freedom to invest.
  • Explicit performance reporting.

Seven Strategic Initiatives