August 22, 2023 – On June 7, Frans Muller, CEO of Ahold Delhaize was appointed Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) alongside Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International. Together, the pair will provide leadership to the global network for two years and they will work to prioritize even greater progress among its influential membership – focusing on key topics including deforestation, reducing plastics and food waste, improving human rights in the supply chain and more.
To gain a better understanding of the CGF and Ahold Delhaize’s involvement, we spoke with our CEO Frans Muller and Ahold Delhaize's Vice President Health & Sustainable Diets, Imke van Gasselt.
The CGF is the world’s only international organization that brings consumer goods retailers and manufacturers together. It unites CEOs from more than 400 member companies across 70 countries – including Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour, Danone, Nestlé, Tesco, Unilever and Walmart. Together, the members reflect the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format.
Member companies have combined sales of €4.6 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. Ahold Delhaize has been a long-term member of the CGF and our organization works with industry partners on important health and sustainability topics in CGF coalitions of action.
Through the eight CEO-led Coalitions, members work together pre-competitively to deliver positive change on a large scale. The eight coalitions are categorized under: Product Data, Food Waste, Plastic Waste, Forest Positivity, Human Rights, The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative, The Global Food Safety Initiative And Collaboration For Healthier Lives which is also co-led by Frans Muller. In addition to the eight coalitions, a ninth, Race to Zero, will soon be added to further accelerate net-zero ambitions.
It’s an honor to take on this role with Dirk for the next two years. Together, we aim to accelerate a greater combined impact for people and the planet by driving faster action at scale across the CGF’s broad membership by being transparent and acting collaboratively. In addition to maintaining the eight coalitions mentioned above, we have identified a series of critical areas to intensify CGF’s focus. They include:
To help us bring Ahold Delhaize’s strategic growth pillar – Healthier People and Healthier Planet ambition – to life, we have identified six internal enablers of which Partnerships is one (others include Mindsets, Technology & Innovation, Customer Behavior, Investments, Governance and Incentive Structure). Because by collaborating with other retailers and manufacturers via our CGF membership and the coalitions of action, we can share learnings and gather diverse perspectives to develop new solutions which are needed to improve health and sustainability in our communities.
The challenges facing people and the planet are unprecedented, and no company, government or organization can tackle them alone – so our approaches to tackling them must be shared. I’m looking forward to building on the important work already achieved, by enabling members to drive focused actions faster together.
We strongly suggest following the Consumer Goods Forum on LinkedIn, or subscribing to the CGF newsletter to learn more about the latest achievements. There are also several resources available on the CGF website. And we will keep you up to date through our Ahold Delhaize channels.