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Consumer Goods Forum on Deforestation

Challenge

Reduce deforestation resulting from the activities of global supply chains.

Problem

Deforestation (with land use change) accounts for almost one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Supplying foodstuffs for the global food industry is a significant cause of deforestation and redevelopment of agricultural land, along with the demand for wood, paper and pulp.

Solution

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) of leading retailers and brand owners has a commitment 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.” The Consumer Goods Forum 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 €2.5 trillion and their retailer and manufacturer members directly employ nearly 10 million people with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain.

Benefits

Collaborative work such as this creates critical mass and avoids competition issues
Pressure exerted back up vast global supply chains

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