The Consumer Goods Forum Publishes Survey Results Tracking Implementation of Health & Wellness Resolutions

 The Consumer Goods Forum Publishes Survey Results Tracking Implementation of
                        Health & Wellness Resolutions

  PR Newswire

  PARIS, January 9, 2014

PARIS, January 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

The Consumer Goods Forum ("The Forum") today announced results from its
inaugural survey aimed at establishing where The Forum members are in meeting
the Health & Wellness Resolutions ("the Resolutions"). The results were
published as part of a " Progress Report ", also released today, which was
produced in conjunction with Deloitte, and is designed to track industry
progress on implementing the Resolutions and help facilitate fact-based
dialogue with The Forum's wider membership and key stakeholders. 

Initially launched as a pilot survey for The Forum's Board member companies ,
the goal is to expand future editions to The Forum's entire membership on an
annual basis, with each subsequent version marking industry progress and
direction. Results from the inaugural survey show that:

  *100% of respondents have established policies and activated programmes on
    at least one of the Resolutions;
  *70% of respondents have established policies and activated programmes on
    all three of the Resolutions;
  *93% of respondents have communicated publicly about their health and
    wellness initiatives; and
  *53% of respondents have communicated their health and wellness initiatives
    as part of a CEO statement and/or Annual Report to shareholders.

Approved in June 2011, the Health & Wellness Resolutions are designed to
support the aspirations for healthier diets and lifestyles of consumers,
shoppers, employees, their families and the communities the industry serves.
The Resolutions are intended to reflect the contributions of each of the
sectors involved - food and beverage, personal care, manufacturers and
retailers - in addressing consumer's expectations and key public health
concerns and in providing solutions that improve and enrich consumers' lives.

Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO and Manufacturer Co-Sponsor of the Initiative, said,
"With the world witnessing a disturbing rise in lifestyle-related illnesses,
like non-communicable diseases, there are so many things that each of us, big
or small, can do as individual companies and collectively as an industry. The
key to addressing these health and wellness challenges is that each company
assumes its responsibilities and seeks collaboration with retailers and
manufacturers, both food and non-food, and their common stakeholders to
promote healthy living and a culture of prevention".

Dick Boer, Royal Ahold CEO and Retailer Co-Sponsor of the Initiative, said,
"The Resolutions are seen as an important voluntary commitment for those
companies looking to improve and enrich consumers' lives, and the results from
our pilot survey are definitely positive. They show that collaborative efforts
to improve the health and wellness of global populations are taking place. We
expect future surveys to continue to help us understand where the industry
stands in these efforts and to evolve as new health and wellness challenges
arise".

The Forum, with its diversity of membership and global reach, is well
positioned to help advance health and wellness among consumers globally. The
Forum sees its role expanding in the upcoming decade so that, collectively, it
can create positive change and be the partner of choice for its key
stakeholders.

The full report is available for download from The Forum's Health & Wellness
website .

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (" The Forum ") is a global, parity-based industry
network that is driven by its members. 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. The Forum member
companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion. Their retailer and
manufacturer members directly employ nearly 10 million people with a further
90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain.

The Forum is governed by its Board of Directors, which includes 50
manufacturer and retailer CEOs and Chairpersons.

The Forum provides a unique global platform for knowledge and best practice
sharing around the following strategic priorities: Sustainability, Product
Safety, Health & Wellness, End-to-End Value Chain & Standards, which are
central to the advancement of today's consumer goods industry.

The Forum's mission is, " Bringing together consumer goods manufacturers and
retailers in pursuit of business practices for efficiency and positive change
across our industry benefiting shoppers, consumers and the world without
impeding competition ". To fulfil this, its members have given The Forum a
mandate to develop common positions on key strategic and operational issues
affecting the consumer goods business, with a strong focus on
non-competitively sensitive process improvement. The Forum's success is
driven by the active participation of the key players in the sector who
together develop and lead the implementation of best practices along the value
chain.

With its headquarters in Paris and its regional offices in Washington. D.C.
and Tokyo, The Forum serves its members throughout the world. For more
information, please visit: http://www.theconsumergoodsforum.com .

For more information on the results, please contact:

Sharon Bligh Senior Manager, Health & Wellness The Consumer Goods Forum
s.bligh@theconsumergoodsforum.com

For media enquiries, please contact:

Lee Green Communications Manager The Consumer Goods Forum
l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com



Contact: Lee Green, +33 (0)1 82 00 95 70