Consumer goods sector highlight plastic and food waste among 2022 global challenges

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has highlighted tackling plastic and food waste among global challenges of 2022.

CGF has published its second annual report, “Collaborating for Action – 2022 Review”, which highlights the “achievements” the consumer goods sector has made in 2022, including progress on tackling deforestation, global plastic waste and working to end forced labour.

Created in collaboration with professional services network KPMG, the annual report reviewed the collective work across the CGF’s eight Coalitions of Action: food waste, forest positive, global food safety initiative, collaboration for healthier lives, human rights, working to end forced labour, plastic waste, product data and the sustainable supply chain initiative.

The CGF says all coalitions were measured against last year’s stated goals and reported progress.

The report underlines how ongoing global crises such as supply chain disruption, conflict and the energy crisis have strengthened the need for a collective response, the CGF says.

The report highlights in 2022 97% of its 40 members have integrated the golden design rules on packaging into their decision-making processes. The CGF says the Coalition also advocated further for extended producer responsibility through a published paper.

The report draws attention to Working to End Forced Labour (HRC) “accelerating” its efforts to make due diligence and responsible recruitment the norm in the consumer goods industry.

Despite challenges in the operating environment, we continue to drive forward and make progress.

Collaboration for Healthier Lives also continued its hyper-local strategy in 2022 reaching 255 million people, the CGF says.

In 2022, the report highlighted that Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) pushed ahead with its programme of modernisation and reform – The Race to the Top Framework (RTTT). It is designed to improve trust and confidence in benchmarking third-party food safety certification programmes and oversight of their performance.

Four new schemes have applied to be benchmarked by the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI), the CGF says.

Members of the Food Waste Coalition continued to report using the harmonised template on the Food Waste Atlas platform, helping to demonstrate a good reporting standard and promote greater transparency to the wider CGF member companies, the CGF says.

Commenting on the report, James Quincey, CGF Board Co-Chair Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, said: “Despite challenges in the operating environment, we continue to drive forward and make progress. We are measuring metrics against milestones and are beginning to see progress. Now, we’re ready to build momentum and achieve substantive progress. It’s time to take it higher.”

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