Companies must strengthen their partnerships for our planet

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Companies must strengthen their partnerships for our planet

Today is Earth Day, an important time to reflect on how we can all rise to the challenge of securing a prosperous future for generations. The scientific evidence is clear: we must act now if we are to have any chance of stopping runaway climate change. A transition to a greener, healthier future is a business and moral necessity, not an option – and every company must do more to accelerate progress.

This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Investing in Our Planet”, calling for greater partnership to protect our planet. At the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), this collaborative philosophy is at the heart of what we do. As a CEO-led organization, we bring together consumer goods companies to find industry-wide, cross-sector solutions.

We are committed to making a difference through coordination, open dialogue and concrete actions. We exist to have genuine and lasting positive effects on people, planet and business; protecting the planet is integral to what we do. And we know that while the scale of the climate challenges we face are unprecedented, they are also shared: so business approaches to addressing them must also be shared.

The consumer goods sector is critical to achieving net zero – including the need for better agricultural production, better operations, and transparent measurement and reporting. To encourage faster progress on reducing carbon emissions among our members around the world, the CGF is an official accelerator of the United Nations-backed Race to Zero initiative, which engages companies to set scientific goals aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Alongside Race to Zero, our eight Action Coalitions will continue their vital work in areas that can help create a fairer, carbon-free world faster. This ranges from fighting deforestation, to tackling emissions caused by food waste, to creating a more circular and resource-efficient economy for plastics. We also work to support healthier and more sustainable diets.

While providing solutions to complex problems can’t happen overnight, we know we’re stronger together. Collective action helps members meet the needs of customers, partners and the environment. The world needs the best in business – and no business can thrive unless the wider communities and places where it operates can also thrive.

The annual CGF Global Summit, to be held in Dublin in June, will be a key moment for the industry to come together and drive change. We look forward to bringing together hundreds of senior leaders in person to strengthen collective approaches on some of the most pressing concerns facing our people and our planet.

Every business must continue to do more to meet the unprecedented challenges of the climate emergency. It is in our collective power to avoid the point of no return, and strengthening business collaboration is an essential part of the solution.

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The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global industry peer-to-peer network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serve the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together CEOs and senior executives from some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders in 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in terms of geography, size, product category and format. . Its member companies have a combined turnover of €3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with an additional 90 million jobs estimated across the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which includes more than 50 CEOs of manufacturers and retailers. For more information, visit:

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