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Welcome to the Sustainability Pillar of The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum Statement in Response to Greenpeace’s Campaign on Palm Oil

In December 2010, our Board of Directors agreed on behalf of its membership a resolution to mobilise resources within their respective businesses to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. This commitment was applauded by NGOs, governments and other partners.

More than 70% of the 50 companies, which make up the Board of the CGF and for whom this is relevant, have time bound public targets on deforestation (and more than 80% have public commitments on palm oil). We know, from their public statements, that some of the largest of these companies which account for the bulk of the volumes have made impressive strides towards the goal.



 The Sustainability Pillar

The Sustainability Pillar is one of the four strategic pillars of The Consumer Goods Forum. It will help drive and communicate sustainability improvements throughout the value chain of the consumer goods industry by:

  • Addressing sustainability challenges that impact the industry
  • Bringing global alignment and voluntary standards to non-competitive areas such as ethical sourcing
  • Developing and agreeing methodologies and metrics that measure sustainability improvements in the industry


Marc Bolland, Chief Executive Officer of Marks & Spencer, and  Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, are the Board co-sponsors of the activities within the Sustainability pillar. As Board sponsors they will actively drive and support of the work of the Sustainability Steering Committee and presenting their work with their peers during the CGF Board meetings.


Steering Group

The role of the Sustainability Steering Group, led by Marks & Spencer and Unilever, is to identify priority issues for the sustainability pillar and recommend corresponding actions to the CGF Board. It steers the existing and new projects of the pillar, keeps the CGF Board informed on major sustainability developments impacting the consumer goods industry, acts as champions of the CGF sustainability projects within their own companies, and encourage broader implementation across the industry.


The initial focus was on activities which would address climate change. Climate change is a major strategic threat, potentially affecting our customers, our businesses and the wider economy and society. The Board of Directors of the Forum has decided a work programme comprising six key elements, of which the Global Packaging Project and the Glossary have been finalized.

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In November 2010, the Board has approved two resolutions on deforestation and refrigeration, followed by a press release:

  1. As the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum we pledge to mobilise resources within our respective businesses to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. We will develop specific, time bound, and cost effective action plans for the different challenges in sourcing commodities like palm oil, soy, beef, paper and board in a sustainable fashion.

  2. As the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum, we recognise the major and increasing contribution to total greenhouse gas emissions of HFCs and derivative chemical refrigerants. We are therefore taking action to mobilize resources within our respective businesses to begin phasing-out HFC refrigerants as of 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants (natural refrigerant alternatives) where these are legally allowed and available for new purchases of point-of-sale units and large refrigeration installations.