The Consumer Goods Industry Strengthens Commitment to Improving Health and Wellness for Consumers Worldwide

  The Consumer Goods Industry Strengthens Commitment to Improving Health and
                       Wellness for Consumers Worldwide

  PR Newswire

  PARIS, June 18, 2014

PARIS, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

  *The Consumer Goods Forum Board of Directors agrees to new strategic
    milestones to help ensure the wellbeing of consumers 

Recognising the importance of health and wellness to consumers , The Consumer
Goods Forum's Board of Directors has today reaffirmed its commitment to the
implementation of its Health & Wellness Resolutions published in June 2011 .
The Resolutions set out The Forum's belief that manufacturers and retailers
have a key role to play in improving the health and wellness of consumers,
employees, their families and the communities they serve.

During a meeting of the Board of Directors , held during its annual Global
Summit currently underway in Paris, The Consumer Goods Forum has asked its
members for increased alignment and engagement on its ambitious five-year
plan, which aims to empower the world's population to make healthier product
and lifestyle choices.

Responding to the increasing importance of health to consumers, the Board of
Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum has committed to lead the industry on a
number of specific actions from the Resolutions, namely:

  *By 2016: Make company policies public on nutrition and product
    formulation;
  *By 2016: Implement employee health and wellness programmes;
  *By 2018: Industry-wide implementation of consistent product labelling and
    consumer information to help consumers make informed choices and usages;
    and
  *By 2018: Stop targeted advertising to children under 12 for products that
    do not fulfil specific nutrition criteria based on scientific evidence
    and/or applicable national and international dietary guidelines.

In addition, the Board has approved the establishment of an External
Scientific Advisory Council on Health and Wellness to give directional
guidance on this strategic pillar .

In order to measure progress in implementation of the Resolutions, the
industry's first ever industry-wide survey is also being conducted. Following
on from the 2013 Board pilot, The Forum is now extending the process to the
entire membership with a new report describing industry progress to be
published in January 2015.

Paul Bulcke, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé SA and Co-Sponsor of The Forum '
s Health & Wellness Pillar, added: "The consumer goods industry acknowledges
its role in the health and wellness of society, the issues around it, and the
imperative need for actions. We have to scale up our efforts. We have to
accelerate existing initiatives. We have to engage in multi-stakeholder
dialogues and efforts. We believe that The Forum will contribute to a positive
impact in this area. Today's outcome shows the commitments that only CEOs can
make to demonstrate that the consumer goods industry, through The Forum, is a
hugely important partner for organisations seeking to make the world a
healthier and better place".

Dick Boer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Royal Ahold and Co-Sponsor of
The Forum ' s Health & Wellness Pillar, commented: "Health and wellness is one
of The Forum's key strategic pillars and an area where we can provide strong
leadership. The Board is working hard to drive The Forum as a key partner in
the global health and wellbeing agenda and we have set clear targets and
timelines to ensure that The Forum delivers on its resolutions. We encourage
The Forum's entire membership to work towards our objectives and help create a
healthier environment for consumers across the world".

The Forum is an influential global organisation with over 400 members,
representing €2.5 trillion in sales. Membership is equally represented by
retailers and manufacturers. It is in a unique position to create positive
change in health and wellness for consumers, shoppers, employees and the
communities the industry serves. 

For more information on The Forum's Health & Wellness Pillar, please visit:

Health & Wellness - http://tcgfhealthandwellness.com/

NOTES TO EDITORS 

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, DC and
Tokyo, The Forum serves its members throughout the world. For more
information, please visit: http://www.theconsumergoodsforum.com .

Contact: Fergus Campbell, GolinHarris International M: +44(0)7799-132-303 / O:
+44(0)20-7067-0699 fcampbell@golinharris.com; Lee Green, Senior Communications
Manager, The Consumer Goods Forum l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com;
+33(0)1-82-00-95-70
 
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