TCGF Press Release - Consumer Goods companies release first global measurement system for packaging sustainability

PARIS, September 6 2011. The Consumer Goods Forum today announced the release of the Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability (GPPS) to enable the consumer goods industry to better assess the relative sustainability of packaging.

The GPPS is part of the sustainability work stream at the Consumer Goods Forum, which is sponsored by two of the organisation's board members: Philip Clarke, CEO of Tesco and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever.

Commenting on today's release, Philip Clarke said: “Tesco is a responsible retailer and understands that packaging is important to its customers. We're working hard with our suppliers to minimise the impact of our packaging on the environment. Having a common language will allow us to have the right conversations with our diverse supply chain. We can then work with suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of packaging whilst making sure it still does the essential job it needs to do to protect the products we sell.”

Paul Polman added: “One of the strengths of this project is how it has brought together so many companies and organizations from across our industry to work collectively on developing this common language. Now we need to put the language to work. We are already doing so in Unilever and we are seeing the benefit.”


Zero Paper by 2020

Zero paper by 2020. Electronic Documents - Efficient Economy. 
The conference will take place October 20 in Moscow. Register here!

Plenary Session

How to achieve the goal “Zero paper by 2020”? Business and government representatives discuss:
• What documents are excessive? How to optimize the docflow in B2B and B2G sectors?
• Foreign experience – what can be reapplied? Success stories of Western companies that adopted
electronic documents. Results in figures.
• What barriers appear in the way of electronic documents’ rollout? How can we remove them?
• Government policy in converting documents fr om paper to electronic form.
Session 1
Electronic documents in different industries. Realized and future projects.
Veterinary certificates/consignment vouchers/compliance certificates/payment receipts/
in-house documents (expense reports, application requests, administrative orders), etc.
• Removing barriers. What


ECR Seminar "Effective Cooperation between Retailers and Suppliers will be held in Prague

The Czech-Slovak ECR Initiative is organising ECR Seminar "Effective Cooperation between Retailers and Suppliers".  Event is organised under the auspices of Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism, and with GS1 Czech Republic cooperation, and will be held on Thursday, 15th September in Prague.

The seminar is intended for professionals who are interested in the latest practices in supply chain processes, who want to become familiar with new methods of cooperation between manufacturers, logistics companies and retailers and who are interested in obtaining new contacts in trade.

A special guests Mr. Jan Somers, CEO of GS1 BelgiLux, and Lisa van den Bossche, ECR BelgiLux Manager, are invited to present about the issue of effectiveness of relationships between manufacturers and supply chains. They will share experiences from the use of ECR practices in Belgium and Luxembourg and will demonstrate on specific case studies the results of cooperation projects between suppliers and retailers.

View more information in the attachment on this site.


Forum for Cooperation - ECR Conference in Poland

Only one month left to polish FORUM for COOPERATION 2011 (6.10.2011) - an extraordinary, one day conference, a „must be” event for all FMCG managers, directors and CEOs. Both – producers and distributors, ECR members, friends and companies that are not yet ECR members.

The idea of the conference is to provide the participants with the best, unique and valuable content by having excellent speakers on stage, general managers of polish market leaders.

The agenda will consist of several short, but very useful presentations based on case studies from their experience. FORUM for COOPERATION 2011 – the ECR Poland Conference is supposed to be a valuable networking meeting as well.
After the presentations the attendees will have the opportunity to talk to ECR Board of Directors Members and business partners during Partnering Session and Business Mixer.

To register - go to

Digital dialogue goes multichannel

Social networking and e-mail newsletters. By taking advantage of social networks and email newsletters, marketers can reap significant benefits. The European study by eCircle probed the issue of how consumers make contact with brands and companies. One surprising finding is that Italians are the most multichannel consumers in Europe.


12th ECR-Tag - 21/22 September 2011 - Berlin

The 12. ECR-Tag  is an important event for decision makers in logistics, IT, distribution, marketing and organisation. With over 1,000 participants, 100 lecturers and 60 exhibitors the ECR-Tag is one of the largest events in the FMCG sector in the D-A-CH region. GS1 Germany GmbH is organizing this congress.

Central topics at this year’s congress are: Sustainability, Mobile Commerce, Shopper Insights, The Future Value Chain, Social Media, Category Management, Green Supply Chains etc.

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