Global Environment Policy
Sara Lee Corporation provides high-quality, brand name products to people around the world. We strive to serve our consumers and customers while protecting the environment in our global community. Sara Lee is committed to comply with or exceed applicable legal requirements and to continue to improve environmental performance in a sustainable manner that respects the earth and its finite resources.
Our Global Environmental Management System (GEMS) is a tool to help ensure environmental aspects are integrated into our daily business. GEMS also ensures constant attention to reducing waste, optimizing natural resource and energy usage, and minimizing the overall environmental impact of our business.
Sara Lee is further committed to working with our suppliers and engaging in dialogue with members of our global community to make sound sustainable environmental progress. Our diligent adherence to this commitment will help us maintain our position as a corporate leader in generating value for our customers, shareholders and society.
Energy, Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change Policy
Sara Lee Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, brand-named food and beverage products. This policy pertains to all activities of Sara Lee Corporation that consume energy and emit greenhouse gases.
Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions occur during each step of the life cycle of our products from raw material to end-use. Because energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions can affect climate change, we are committed to minimize energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacture of our products and to work with partners, suppliers, customers, consumers and stakeholders to help minimize their energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions related to our products.
- Measure the energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions from our direct operations (GHG Protocol scope 1 and 2);
- Set energy use and greenhouse gas emissions goals for our direct operations and, where possible and relevant, associated indirect aspects (GHG Protocol scope 3);
- Reduce energy use and emission of greenhouse gases and their precursors by a combination of improved energy efficiency, technology change and the use of biofuels, biomass and other renewable energy;
- Consider energy usage and greenhouse gases in our decision-making processes for deployment of capital and new product planning;
- Engage our employees in a company-wide culture of responsible energy management;
- Work to help minimize energy and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the lifecycle of our products by engaging with partners, suppliers, customers, consumers and stakeholders;
- Consider adoption of carbon offset programs only when we are explicitly required to do so, and only when reliable certification standards and/or strict quality assurance schemes are available; and
- Understand the impact of energy and greenhouse gas trends and the risks they may pose on our business and the wider community.
Sara Lee Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, brand-named food and beverage products. This policy pertains to all activities of Sara Lee Corporation that consume or influence the consumption of water within our operations and business processes worldwide.
Water is used in each step of the life cycle of our products – from raw material to end-use. Water is a scarce and valuable natural resource and we are committed to optimizing the use of water associated with sourcing, manufacturing and use of our products and to protect the water resources that we may impact. Additionally, we will work with our partners, suppliers, customers, consumers and stakeholders to help minimize their water usage related to our products.
- Measure the water use and wastewater discharge from our direct operations, including where water is sourced and wastewater is discharged;
- Understand the impact of global and local water resource trends (e.g. water availability, competition for finite resources) and risks to our operations posed by these trends;
- Assure that our water use and discharge activities respect the quality and availability of local water resources;
- Engage our employees in a company-wide culture of responsible water management;
- Maximize efficient use of water through a combination of improved product design, production efficiency, technology change and implementation of water best practices;
- Consider water aspects in our decision-making processes for deployment of capital and new product planning; and
- Engage our partners, suppliers, customers and stakeholders to improve water efficiency in the lifecycle of our products.
Waste Management Policy
Sara Lee Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, brand-named food and beverage products. This policy pertains to all Sara Lee Corporation operations and business processes that consume resources and have the potential to produce wastes and by-products.
We are committed to eliminating wastes that are produced during the manufacture of our products, minimizing the proportion of our wastes disposed in landfills and working with partners, suppliers, customers, consumers and stakeholders to help minimize their waste generation during the lifecycle of our products.
- Measure each waste stream produced from our direct operations;
- Understand the impact of global waste management trends on our business;
- Set goals to reduce the generation of wastes and disposal of our wastes in landfills;
- Apply the waste hierarchy (remove, reduce, reuse, recover and recycle) to minimize waste generation through a combination of improved product design, production efficiency, technology change and implementation of waste management best practices;
- Consider waste minimization and potential waste impacts when we deploy capital and design new products;
Engage employees in a company-wide culture of responsible waste management; and
- Engage business partners, suppliers, customers and stakeholders to minimize waste generation throughout the lifecycle of our products.
Sustainable Packaging Policy
Sara Lee Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, brand-named food and beverage products. This policy pertains to all activities of Sara Lee Corporation that design, produce and use packaging within our operations and business processes worldwide.
We use packaging to contain and protect our product quality and safety during production, transport and storage, and to display information on our products. Packaging plays a vital role in brand recognition and brand messages. Packaging can also be part of the product functionality. For example, ready-made packaged food and single serve coffee solutions - providing a higher consumer convenience and can reduce food waste. Packaging is a source of waste and environmental impact so we are committed to manage it in the most responsible way possible.
- Support the implementation of sustainable packaging as defined by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, of which we are a member company:
o Is beneficial, safe & healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle;
o Meets market criteria for both performance and cost;
o Is sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy;
o Optimizes the use of renewable or recycled source materials;
o Is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices;
o Is made from materials healthy in all probable end of life scenarios;
o Is physically designed to optimize materials and energy; and
o Is effectively recovered and utilized in biological and/or industrial closed loop cycles.
- Improve the sustainability of our packaging by continually leveraging sustainability principals (5R’s - Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Renew and Recycle) and best practices during packaging design;
- Take into account that different materials will have different environmental impacts and choose materials with a lower impact, provided that other essential packaging requirements are not compromised;
- Take a holistic approach to packaging optimization by considering the environmental impact of the whole product in all life cycle stages, not just the packaging;
- Investigate new sustainable packaging solutions with bio-based raw materials that are recyclable, compostable or biodegradable and incorporate post-consumer recycled content;
- Together with our suppliers, actively work to eliminate Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging and Bisphenol A (BPA) from packaging when an appropriate replacement is available and has been quality tested; and
- When appropriate, engage with our partners, suppliers, customers and stakeholders to minimize packaging waste throughout the lifecycle of our products.
Global Safety Policy
Sara Lee is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for its employees, contractors, and visitors. Each facility, through its management team, must implement a safety program that includes appropriate job risk analyses and training, meets or exceeds applicable laws and government regulations, and complies with Sara Lee's own safety and health standards. We believe each job should be performed safely and are committed to continuous improvement in our safety performance.
Because safety is everyone’s responsibility, each employee is responsible for observing the safety and health rules and practices that apply to his or her job and work environment. Employees are responsible for taking precautions necessary to protect themselves and their co-workers, including immediately reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe practices or conditions. Appropriate and timely action will be taken to address known unsafe conditions.
The health and safety of all employees, and the quality and productivity demanded by consumers, customers, and stakeholders, require each employee to report to work free from the influence of any substance that could prevent him or her from conducting work activities safely and effectively.
Genetically Modified Ingredients (GMO) Policy
As a global company, Sara Lee must comply with the laws and business practices and structures of the many countries in which we do business, while also taking into account consumer preferences and operating costs. Because of this, we address genetically modified (GM) issues on a geography-by-geography basis. In Europe, for example, local laws and supply chain structures often enable companies to segregate commodities by genetic origin. In these markets, Sara Lee has contractual agreements with suppliers aimed at purchasing only ingredients from conventional (non-GM) sources. By contrast, in the United States raw materials are not segregated in the commodities market by their genetic origin. Like most food manufacturers in this country, we purchase our ingredients based on factors such as regulatory approval, quality, availability, and price. Regardless of the country in which we are doing business, Sara Lee remains firmly committed to using only ingredients that have been evaluated for safety and approved by all applicable regulatory authorities such as the U.S. FDA, USDA and EPA. We will continue to monitor developments in this field and respond appropriately to new findings, and to comply with all policies established by applicable food-safety regulators in the various markets we serve.
Animal Testing Policy
Sara Lee is committed to responsible and humane practices in the development, manufacturing and marketing of our wide range of high-quality branded consumer products. Sara Lee does not use or request animal testing on any products, ingredients or combination of ingredients, unless explicitly requested by national or international regulatory authorities. In the rare event of such requests, it is Sara Lee’s policy to explore all viable alternatives to conducting tests, including the reformulation of products and the use of alternative ingredients.
Policy on Marketing to Children
The vast majority of our advertising is not focused on children. We do not advertise in any media primarily directed to children under six. We have set rigid standards that any Sara Lee product advertised directly to children between 6 and 12 years of age must meet:
- fill a recognized nutritional need in children’s diets
- non-meat containing products must meet FDA’s definition for “healthy”
- meat containing products must meet USDA criteria for “extra lean”; may have no more than 0.5 grams of trans fat and no more than 480 milligrams of sodium per labeled serving and must contain 10% or more of the Daily Value of one of the following per RACC: vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium protein or dietary fiber.
All advertising directed to children must adhere to the guidelines of Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Better Business Bureau.
Policy on Marketing in Schools
We will not market to children while at school. We do not conduct direct student marketing or brand promotional activities in schools (preschool/kindergarten, primary schools, and secondary schools).
Human Rights Policy
As an international business, Sara Lee strives to respect and uphold the basic principles contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and laws in the jurisdictions in which we do business. Sara Lee recognizes our responsibilities both to support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights within our sphere of influence, and to avoid complicity in human rights abuses. To fulfill these responsibilities, Sara Lee is committed to:
Treating employees with respect and dignity by, among other things:
- Prohibiting forced labor;
- Not employing anyone under the age of 15;
- Preventing discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics;
- Protecting against physical, mental or emotional punishment and abuse;
- Respecting the rights of employees to associate freely; and
- Recognizing the lawful rights of employees to choose or not choose collective bargaining representation.
Working with suppliers and other business partners who commit to uphold and support these same standards. Specifically, Sara Lee expects its suppliers and business partners to, among other things:
- Comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including local environmental, employment and safety laws;
- Not use forced labor of any kind;
- Not employ non-family workers under the age of 15;
- Avoid discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics;
- Not use physical, mental or emotional abuse to discipline employees;
- Respect the rights of employees to associate freely;
- Recognize the lawful rights of employees to choose or not choose collective bargaining representation.
In addition, Sara Lee will favor competitive suppliers who seek to go beyond the minimum standards cited above and who:
- Contribute to the continued education and betterment of employees;
- Have demonstrated a commitment to standards of environmental stewardship, diversity, employment, and community involvement that exceed the minimum legal requirements.
As appropriate, Sara Lee will monitor its own operations and those of its suppliers in order to assess compliance with the principles set forth above, and to strive for continuous improvement of the working conditions of Sara Lee’s employees and those of its suppliers and business partners.
Global Anti-Corruption Policy
This Sara Lee Corporation (“Sara Lee”) Global Anti-Corruption Policy (“Policy”) applies to all Sara Lee officers, directors, employees, subsidiaries and affiliates wherever located with respect to their activities on behalf of Sara Lee (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Employees”). This Policy contains standards of conduct and practices that must be followed in representing Sara Lee. It should be read in conjunction with the Sara Lee Corporation Global Anti-Corruption Guidelines (“Guidelines”).
Sara Lee strives to maintain the highest possible ethical standards. Throughout its worldwide operations, Sara Lee seeks to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in the actions of its Employees and Business Partners. Accordingly, the prohibitions and requirements of this Policy are designed not merely to comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and other anti-corruption laws, but to avoid even the appearance of questionable conduct, as espoused in Sara Lee’s Global Business Standards and Global Standards for Business Partners, in connection with Sara Lee operations.
Sara Lee recognizes that our Employees are citizens of many countries and that our operations are subject to many different laws, customs and cultures. In some countries, it may be both customary and expected that gifts and entertainment of nominal value be given to government officials, customers and potential customers in appropriate circumstances. While recognizing these aspects of doing business in a global economy, it is essential also to keep in mind that the FCPA, other U.S. federal and state laws, and laws of other countries mandate that Sara Lee’s dealings be in compliance with all applicable laws and the highest standards of business ethics, including the specific compliance procedures outlined in this Policy and Guidelines. In some countries, Sara Lee management may issue specific anti-corruption guidelines to conform to local laws, but always consistent with the principles outlined in this Policy.
The Law Department is available to assist in interpreting the Policy, Guidelines, the FCPA and local anti-corruption laws. If, based on the information in this Policy, any Sara Lee employee is uncertain whether a particular course of action might be in violation of law or of Sara Lee’s Global Business Standards, the Law Department must be consulted in advance.
Unlawful, Improper or Unethical Activities
Engaging in any unlawful, improper or unethical activities or conduct, including, but not limited to, the offering, authorizing, approving and payment of a bribe, on behalf of Sara Lee is strictly prohibited. Employees are expected to conduct Sara Lee business in accordance with all applicable laws in the countries in which Sara Lee does business. Employees must avoid any activity that might violate the Policy, Guidelines, the FCPA or local anti-corruption laws.
Payments to Government Officials 
Sara Lee Employees and Business Partners are prohibited from directly or indirectly making, promising, authorizing or offering anything of value to a government official on behalf of Sara Lee. Things of value include, but are not limited to, money, stored-value cards, gifts, loans, loan guarantees, payment of debts, transportation, use of property or equipment, job offers and entertainment. In addition, facilitating payments, or nominal payments to low level government officials to encourage actual performance or more expeditious performance of a routine government action, such as processing a permit, are strictly prohibited.
This prohibition shall apply in all circumstances except the following limited situations. Note, however, that even in the following circumstances, Employees must obtain advance written approval from the Law Department.
Promotional and Marketing Expenses
Sara Lee may pay for the reasonable cost of a government official’s meals, lodging, entertainment or travel if, and only if, the expenses are directly related to the promotion, demonstration or explanation of Sara Lee products or services, or the performance of a contract with a government, or agency thereof. Such promotional or marketing expenses must be legitimate and reasonable in light of routine business travel and entertainment.
Promotional gifts of nominal value may be given as a courtesy, as a token of regard or esteem, or to promote goodwill. Such promotional gifts must be of nominal value and should generally bear Sara Lee’s logo or trademark. Such promotional gifts may, however, not be given to influence any act or decision of a government official in his or her official capacity. If in doubt, please contact the Law Department.
Sara Lee does not make contributions to candidates for political office even when permitted by law.
Sara Lee respects the right of each of its Employees to participate in the political process and to engage in political activities of their choosing. While involved in their personal civic and political affairs, however, Employees must at all times make clear that their views and actions are their own, and not those of Sara Lee. Accordingly, Employees and Business Partners may not make any political contributions in cash or kind through or on behalf of Sara Lee.
Sara Lee is committed to the communities in which it does business and permits reasonable donations to charities. Employees must ensure that donations are given only to legitimate charities and are only used for proper charitable purposes and not otherwise misapplied in violation of this Policy, the FCPA or local law. Applicable procedures, including obtaining approval from the Law Department, are set forth in the Guidelines.
Employees must ensure that Sara Lee’s books and records and internal controls meet the highest legal, moral, ethical and professional standards. Employees must make and keep books, records and accounts that, in reasonable detail, completely, accurately and fairly reflect all payments, expenses and transactions.
All transactions, including transactions involving government officials, must be recorded completely and accurately so that the purpose and amount of any such payment is clear. No undisclosed or unrecorded funds or assets of the company should be established for any purpose. False, misleading or artificial entries should never be made in the books and records of Sara Lee for any reason.
Gifts Received from Government Officials
Employees should not accept gifts from government officials. If, under extraordinary circumstances (e.g., diplomatic protocol, ceremonial recognition), it is not practical for the employee to reject or return a gift, the gift must be turned over promptly to Sara Lee Management, regardless of its nature or value.
Cash payments of any kind to any third party, other than documented petty cash disbursements, are strictly prohibited. Company checks shall not be written to “cash,” “bearer,” or anyone other than the party entitled to payment.
Hiring Business Partners
Under certain circumstances as identified in the Guidelines, the engagement of a Business Partner may require (a) a due diligence review to determine the Business Partner’s willingness to comply, and history of compliance, with this Policy, the FCPA and local law, and (b) advance written approval from the Law Department. Please consult the Guidelines for the applicable process to follow.
FCPA and local law compliance is also crucial in the context of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures or other business combinations in which Sara Lee may engage. Whenever Sara Lee is acquiring an interest in or entering into any of these business relationships, the Law Department must be notified of the potential business relationship. Applicable procedures, including completing a due diligence review and obtaining approval from the Law Department, are set forth in the Guidelines.
Employees who violate this Policy or the Guidelines are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Employees who suspect this Policy may have been violated have a duty to immediately notify the highest manager in that country, the Law Department or the Global Business Practices Office. Employees may also contact their local Business Practices Officer, the Resource Line at 1-800-285-7964, (Business.Practices@saralee.com) or submit a report through www.SaraLeeResourceLine.com. Any person who, in good faith, reports suspected legal, ethical or policy violations will not suffer any adverse consequences for having done so.
 Affiliates include joint ventures where Sara Lee has management responsibility.
 In this Policy, Law Department means the in-house lawyer or legal department responsible for your business or function.
 For purposes of this Policy, a “government official” means any officer or employee of a government or any department, agency or instrumentality thereof (which includes a government-owned or government-controlled state enterprise) or of a “public international organization,” any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of a government or government entity or of a public international organization, any political party or party official or any candidate for political office. Therefore, government officials include not only elected officials, but also consultants who hold government positions, employees of companies owned by governments, political party officials, elected members of parliament, civil servants, administrative and judicial officers, political candidates, members of the military and others. The term “public international organization” includes such organizations as the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank. The family members and close personal friends of these government officials are also included in the definition of “government official.” The Law Department should be contacted if there is a question as to whether a person or organization should be treated as a government official, political party or party official, political candidate or official of a public international organization for the purpose of this Policy.
Personal Information Collected
Use and Retention of Personal Information
It is Sara Lee's policy to maintain all personal information as confidential, regardless of the purpose for which it is submitted, and to use such personal information only for the following purposes:
- For the specific purpose for which it was volunteered (for example to submit a comment, receive account information, purchase products, apply for employment, etc.);
- To track our visitors' use of the Sites for internal market research; and
- To notify our visitors of updates to the Sites or promotional product opportunities.
From time to time we may use the information we collect to notify you about other services we think you will find valuable and interesting such as updates to the Site. However, if you do not want to receive this information, you can let us know when you register by using the tick box provided.
Authorized third parties may need access to some of your personal information or that of your child under age 12 to provide the services for which you/your child provided such information. For example, if you purchase a product, we would use third party shippers to deliver the order to you and we would need to provide the shipper with your name and address. It is Sara Lee’s policy to provide to third parties only that amount of personal information that they require to complete the requested service or transaction.
Given the global nature of both the Internet and Sara Lee, using the Internet to collect and process Personal Data usually involves the transmission of data on an international basis. By browsing the Site and communicating electronically with us, you agree that we may export Personal Data to one or more of our offices in other countries and process it there in accordance with this policy. Although data may be held in countries that do not have strict data privacy laws, we do take steps to maintain the privacy and security of your Personal Data.
Protection of Children’s Privacy
Sara Lee is very concerned about protecting children’s personal information. For this reason we limit the personal information we collect from children 12 and under to only what is necessary to respond to their online requests, such as a request for a screen saver, online newsletter, coupon or to enter a sweepstakes. Sara Lee will delete the information from our system when the requested activity is completed. At times it may be necessary to ask the child to provide an email address of a parent so we can notify the parent or seek consent. We will not condition a child's participation in any online activity on the child's disclosure of more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in that activity.
Parents are encouraged to regularly monitor and supervise their children's on-line activities.
You have a right to review personal information about you or your child under age 12 that is held by Sara Lee. To obtain a copy of your personal information or that of your child under age 12, or to request deletion of all personal information about you or such child in Sara Lee's possession, please submit your request in the “Contact Us“ section of saralee.com.
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Sara Lee’s Compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
Sara Lee supports fundamental human rights of all people and complies with employment laws in countries in which it operates. Sara Lee's Global Business Standards specifically state that the company "will not employ forced labor, including prison or bonded labor" and "will not allow physical punishment or abuse." All employees are trained on the Global Business Standards upon hire and receive related training throughout the course of their employment with the company.
To ensure compliance, Sara Lee's Global Standards for Business Partners, which is incorporated in all contracts, state that "business partners will not use forced or involuntary labor whether bonded, prison or indentured, including debt service." To ensure compliance, the company requires direct suppliers on a rolling basis to respond to a Supplier Sustainability Questionnaire, which asks whether their organization prohibits forced labor, slavery and trafficking. Sara Lee will not knowingly do business with suppliers that allow forced labor, slavery or trafficking.
 Compliance is monitored and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken in situations on non-compliance.
 Additional third party independent unannounced audits are not reasonably necessary.
Palm Oil Commitment
Palm oil is not a major raw ingredient for Sara Lee. Our use is modest, less than 0.05% of the world production. We do not source palm oil directly; rather, we currently purchase palm oil-containing raw materials primarily from suppliers that are RSPO members.
However, we recognize there are environmental and social sustainability issues associated with the production of palm oil. Therefore, Sara Lee commits to support palm oil produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner by purchasing only from suppliers that are RSPO members by July, 2011.
Salt Reduction Commitment
Sara Lee Corp. is committed to reducing salt an average of 20 percent over the next five years across its key categories of fresh bread, hot dogs, lunchmeat, breakfast foods and cooked sausage. This initiative will encompass Sara Lee’s top food brands, including Jimmy Dean®, Ball Park®, Hillshire Farm® and Sara Lee®. The effort builds on the successful salt reduction the company has already accomplished, which includes the launch of a line of lower-sodium lunchmeats and sodium-reduced options of fresh bread products.
Cage-Free Egg Commitment
Sara Lee Corp. has joined the national movement away from using eggs from caged hens by beginning a new cage-free egg purchasing program. Sara Lee Corp. has committed to purchase more than one million cage-free eggs per year. Sara Lee understands that animal welfare is important, which is why the company is proud to switch more than a million of the eggs it uses to cage-free.
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Sara Lee Corp. is part of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), which joined First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to commit to reduce 1.5 trillion calories by the end of 2015. HWCF manufacturing companies will pursue their calorie reduction goal by developing and introducing lower-calorie options, changing recipes where possible to lower the calorie content of current products, or reducing portion sizes of existing single serve products. These calorie reductions are in comparison with what was available in the marketplace in 2008.
Sustainable Refrigeration Commitment
As a member of The Consumer Goods Forum (TCGF) we commit to the following resolution on Sustainable Refrigeration:
As the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum, we recognize the major and increasing contribution to total greenhouse gas emissions of HFCs and derivative chemical refrigerants. We are therefore taking action to mobilize resources within our respective businesses to begin phasing-out HFC refrigerants as of 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants (natural refrigerant alternatives) where these are legally allowed and available for new purchases of point-of-sale units and large refrigeration installations.
We recognize that barriers exist to wide scale adoption of more climate-friendly refrigeration, namely legislative restrictions in some markets, availability, cost, safety, maintenance and servicing. We will work to overcome those barriers by strengthening existing collaborative platforms and initiatives. We also will use our collective influence to encourage our supply base to develop natural refrigerant technologies that meet our business demand under commercially viable conditions.
As a member of The Consumer Goods Forum (TCGF) we commit to the following resolution on Deforestation:
As the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum we pledge to mobilize resources within our respective businesses to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020.
We will achieve this both by individual company initiatives and by working collectively in partnership with governments and NGOs.
Together we will develop specific, time bound and cost effective action plans for the different challenges in sourcing commodities like palm oil, soya, beef, paper and board in a sustainable fashion.
We will also work with other stakeholders – NGOs, Development Banks, Governments etc – to create funding mechanisms and other practical schemes that will incentivize and assist forested countries to conserve their natural assets and enable them to achieve the goal of zero net deforestation, whilst at the same time meeting their goals for economic development.