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Wednesday, September 23 2020 - 01:35
New Consumer Goods Coalition to Accelerate Systemic Effort to Remove Deforestation and Forest Degradation from Key Commodity Supply Chains
PARIS, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- The Consumer Goods Forum Forest Positive Coalition of Action includes members 
from 17 consumer goods companies with a collective market value of US$1.8 

- The Forest Positive Coalition of Action launches at Climate Week 2020 on 
Tuesday 22nd September 10:00 EST 

Today, as part of Climate Week 2020, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) officially 
launched the Forest Positive Coalition of Action, including 17 global consumer 
goods brands, retailers and manufacturers that will work together and use their 
collective voice to accelerate systemic efforts to remove deforestation, forest 
degradation and conversion from the key commodity supply chains of palm oil, 
soy, and paper, pulp and fibre-based packaging, and drive transformative change 
across the industry.  

The Coalition, led by the respective company CEOs and co-sponsored at the CGF 
Board level by Carrefour and Mars, Incorporated, brings the world's largest 
consumer goods brands together with a collective market value of US$1.8 
trillion. Its ambition is to utilise its collective reach and knowledge, global 
networks and resources, to engage and collaborate with producers, suppliers and 
traders, as well as governments and civil society, to advocate for forest 
positive solutions. The Forest Positive Coalition for Action members are:

Colgate-Palmolive Company 
General Mills 
Grupo Bimbo 
Jerónimo Martins 
Mars, Incorporated 
Mondelez International 

The Forest Positive Coalition of Action has committed to act in the following 
key areas:

1)  Engage with suppliers and traders to ask they implement Forest Positive 
actions across their entire commodity operations;

2)  Join forces to address forest conservation challenges in key production 

3)  Encourage governments and stakeholders to create an enabling environment 
for forest conservation;

4)  Ensure transparency and accountability by regularly reporting on progress.

As part of their commitments, members of the Coalition will work constructively 
with governments – both in producer nations and importing nations – to 
encourage them to put in place practical measures to support a forest positive 
future. The Coalition will advocate and support practises to change behaviours 
and processes at a macro-level to support global forests and not one specific 

Grant Reid, President & CEO, Mars, Incorporated and CGF Board Co-Sponsor of the 
Forest Positive Coalition, said, "We believe forest protection is a driver of 
economic growth, not a sacrifice to growth. Forest protection provides healthy 
ecosystems and supports productive landscapes and resilient communities. In the 
wake of the COVID-19 crisis, we must ensure that efforts to protect forests are 
part of the global response. This response requires all actors with an interest 
in ending deforestation and who are committed to being part of the solution to 
come together".

Alexandre Bompard, Chairman and CEO, Carrefour and CGF Board Co-Sponsor of the 
Forest Positive Coalition, said, "We are actively changing our model in order 
to become forest positive businesses. We are fully committed to engaging supply 
chain actors, taking action on the ground and working collectively to catalyse 
change. Multi-stakeholder action is critical, particularly political engagement 
at the national and regional levels, as is strong support from the investment 

The Forest Positive Coalition for Action will be officially announced as part 
of Climate Week 2020 where members of the Coalition, UK and Indonesia 
government representatives and the Tropical Forest Alliance will meet to 
discuss and take questions from the public on the Coalition, its ambitions and 
the roadmap to reaching the Coalition's goals. 

Wai-Chan Chan, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum said, "Deforestation 
continues to be a critical issue facing our planet today. Our event at New York 
Climate Week will showcase exactly how our Coalition is committed to 
on-the-ground actions that deliver impact at scale and will explain how we 
intend to be successful. We are also bringing a variety of voices to the table 
to ensure we engage from the get-go and effectively listen to the concerns of 
those fighting to mainstream the issue of deforestation and who support 
nature-based, innovative solutions. We are in this fight together".

The event, held on Zoom, will run from 10:00 EST to 11:00 EST on Tuesday 22nd 
September 2020. Please sign up here: 

For more information on the Climate Week 2020 event, please visit:

For more information on the Coalition, its members and its aims, please visit: 

About The Consumer Goods Forum:

The Consumer Goods Forum ("CGF") is a global, parity-based industry network 
that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and 
standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together 
the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service 
providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the 
diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its 
member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ 
nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated 
along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which 
comprises 58 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please 

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SOURCE: The Consumer Goods Forum