The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Global Summit is currently taking place this week in the Convention Centre in Dublin and is bringing together hundreds of senior leaders in the field of consumer goods to strengthen collaborative approaches to some of the most urgent challenges facing people and the planet.
CGF's flagship event is taking place in person for the first time since 2019, due to COVID-19 causing disruptions to live events.
The theme for this year's event is ‘Resilience and Reinvention: Responsible Growth in the New Era’.
CGF Global Summit
The four-day summit, which began on the 20th with a tour of grocery stores in the area and runs until the 23rd, provides an opportunity for CEOs, industry experts, and opinion leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the consumer landscape.
High on the agenda at this year's summit include the next steps in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of purpose-driven business, and 'what's next' after COP26.
Members of Forum's Coalitions of Actions will provide an update on the progress made in the eight main areas of focus: forests, human rights, plastics, healthier lives, food waste, food safety, sustainable supply chains, and product data.
“With the climate crisis pressing and consumer demands shifting, there has never been a more critical time for businesses to work collectively," commented Wai-Chan Chan, managing director, CGF.
"The world needs business at its best – and we know that for retailers and consumer goods brands, this means driving healthier and greener behaviours to positively impact people and planet."
The first day of the event began with a panel discussion on the need to migrate to a circular economy, with Dame Ellen McArthur calling for a re-evaluation of the 'value' of packaging, in order to drive meaningful change.
Day One featured a number of 'Fireside Chats' with leading retail and consumer goods representatives, including Unilever's Alan Jope and Kerry Group's Edmond Scanlon.
A discussion on the group's Collaboration for Healthier Lives initiative, which sees retailers and suppliers work together to provide healthy products to consumers, is a highlight of the second day of the programme, representatives from CGF, Unilever, and Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) appearing at the talk.
Day Three of the summit will begin with a conversation with Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy to set the tone for the day, and feature a number of other interesting panels and discussions throughout the day.
The full programme is available to view at www.theconsumergoodsforum.com/events/the-global-summit/programme/.
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