Consumer Goods Forum launches Health & Wellness Toolkit

26 June 2015

The Consumer Goods Forum has launched a new Health & Wellness Toolkit and digital platform.

The Toolkit looks to:

  • help drive positive action across the industry and around the world
  • provide health and wellness ideas with simple and practical “how to” steps for those who want to advance
  • demonstrate how forum member companies are active, with each chapter including practical examples from across the industry
  • Show industry leadership in health and wellness.

The Toolkit is an extension of the forum’s commitment to support its members in the implementation of its Health & Wellness Resolutions and Commitments. It will provide real-life examples of what members have achieved already and offer ideas for companies looking to take the next step.

The announcement was made in New York during the forum’s annual Global Summit.

The Toolkit will serve as an evolving resource to provide examples of how the industry, through forum members, is looking to drive positive change and empower consumers around the world to make informed diet and lifestyle choices.

Laurent Chastain, Head of the Corporate Wellness Unit, Nestlé Group, and fellow Co-Chair of the Health & Wellness Steering Committee, said: "It’s a great resource, and the practical examples show exactly what can be done today and we look forward to continuing to grow this list to support the wider membership and accelerate the implementation of our commitments”.

The Health & Wellness Resolutions were approved by the Board in 2011 and relate to three areas:

  • offering consumers and shoppers a range of products and services that supports the goals of healthier diets and lifestyles
  • providing transparent, fact-based information that will help consumers and shoppers make informed product choices and usages
  • using communication and educational programmes to help raise consumer awareness on health and wellness and energy balance to inspire healthier diets and lifestyles

The Health & Wellness Commitments were approved by the Board in 2014. With specific deadlines, these ask for even greater alignment and engagement from forum members:

  • 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.

Go to the Toolkit and digital platform here.

For a list of the forum’s Health & Wellness Resolutions and Commitments, go to the website here.

About The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum is a global, parity-based industry network that encourages the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs.

For further information, go to their website here.