The Consumer Goods Forum, a global parity platform of retailers and manufacturers, have released Pulp, Paper and Packaging Guidelines. They are intended to assist companies in the development of their own policies for sourcing pulp, paper and packaging and were developed by retailers and manufacturers from within the CGF membership.
As part of the development, the working group of CGF companies benchmarked company sourcing practices, considered public procurement practices, engaged with certification organisations, several NGOs and suppliers for their input and feedback. The Guidelines will serve as a supporting tool that will continue to be evaluated and updated as the pulp, paper and packaging landscape evolves.
The Guidelines were shared for the first time at the Tropical Forest Alliance Summit in Jakarta on 27th and 28th June 2013. They were very well received, with the Indonesian Government noting they serve as an important signal to the Indonesian market.
A series of webinars will be offered in July and September for CGF members for which interested companies can register via the CGF Sustainability website.
Later in the year, the Working Group will also host a series of webinars on practical tools for implementing sourcing programs that achieve a low risk of controversial sources of deforestation in the supply chain. These webinars will be announced via the CGF Knowledge Navigator portal.