consumer goods forum climage changeThe Board of Directors at the Consumer Goods Forum is asking leaders fromaround the world to act with “determination, leadership and ambition” to devise legally binding and long-term policies supporting the environment.

The board renewed its own climate commitments by approving two resolutions. The first resolution vowsto help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 through the sustainable sourcing of key commodities, while the second calls to begin phasing-out hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs) in new refrigeration installations by 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants.

Currently being held in Paris, the forum is a global, parity-based industry network comprised of about 400 members representing more than €2.5 trillion in sales. Organizers say the forum provides a unique global platform for knowledge and best practice sharing around sustainability, product safety, health and wellness and end-to-end value chain and standards.

“Our call to governments comes one year before Paris hosts the UN’s Climate Summit,” said Paul Polman, co-sponsor of the forum’s sustainability pillar and CEO of Unilever. “That summit will offer another chance for leaders across the world to act decisively to combat climate change.”

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.