Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)

Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum is long committed to promoting decent working conditions worldwide.

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is a global, parity-based industry network driven by its members. The CFG brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries. Member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion. The retailer and manufacturer members directly employ nearly 10 million people with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. They are governed by a Board of Directors, which includes 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs and Chairpersons.

The CGF are actively promoting responsible business actions to help eradicate forced labour in global supply chains and have a Social Sustainability work programme which encompasses a number of work areas.

Global Social Compliance Programme. This brought together key actors of the consumer goods industry to collaborate on driving positive change and business efficiency in the areas of social and environmental sustainability along the supply chain.

Social Resolution on Forced Labour. In January 2016 CGF members signed a Social Resolution on Forced Labour.  The Resolution fully supports, and aligns with, ongoing efforts such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other international frameworks including the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the recently launched United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There are three priority industry principles. See separate record below:

  • Every worker should have freedom of movement. The ability of workers to move freely should not be restricted by their employer through abuse, threats and practices such as retention of passport and valuable possessions.
  • No worker should pay for a job. Fees and costs associated with recruitment and employment should be paid by the employer, not the employee.
  • No worker should be indebted or coerced to work. Workers should work freely, aware of the terms and conditions of their work in advance, and paid regularly as agreed.

Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative. CGF has worked with the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) to create the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI)/ This will provide buyers and suppliers with clear guidance on which third-party auditing and certification schemes cover key sustainability requirements and apply robust verification practices. See separate record below. 

Business Actions Against Forced Labour booklet. The CGF are actively promoting responsible business actions to help eradicate forced labour in global supply chains. One of the ways in which this is achieved is through tools such as the Business Actions Against Forced Labour booklet, where members are showcasing best practices on how they are tackling forced labour. See separate record below.

Significance for seafood businesses:

Not seafood-specific. There are a number of organisations that offer practical business support to help manage socially responsible business practices. There are also various tools and guidance notes available which are free to use which will help buyers manage their supply chain and make a more informed judgement on the risks they face when sourcing seafood.

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