Consumer Goods Forum aims for better lives at 2011 Global Summit


The Consumer Goods Forum’s 2011 Global Summit takes place in Barcelona, Spain, 15-17 June 201 with a theme of Better Lives through Better Business.

Speakers at the Summit include some of the most influential names in the industry, such as Muhtar Kent, chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Lars Olofsson, CEO, Carrefour; Doug McMillon, president & CEO, Walmart International and Indra Nooyi, chairman & CEO, PepsiCo. These leaders will share their strategic insight into how manufacturers and retailers can resolve the many issues vital not only to the industry but to society as a whole.

According to organisers, over the three-day event members will gain knowledge into the challenges faced by retailers, manufacturers and their service providers, establishing actionable steps to help them achieve the vision of serving shoppers, consumers and communities better, faster, with greater value and in a responsible way. Themes include Critical Influences on the Business Landscape; Changes in Consumer Behaviour; Personal Sustainability & Well-being as a Lifestyle; The Future of Food; and Shaping the Future.

On the opening day of the Summit, co-chairs, Muhtar Kent, chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company and Lars Olofsson, CEO, Carrefour will present the Forum’s vision and initiatives in a press Q&A session supported by Jean-Marc Saubade, managing director of The Consumer Goods Forum.

“The annual Global Summit is a unique opportunity to bring together global industry leaders on one stage, to share knowledge and expertise, in a collaborative environment,” said Saubade. “We are looking forward to discussing how we as an industry can meet the challenge of driving our businesses forward, whilst securing a better future for our customers, their communities and society as a whole.”

In light of the recent events in Japan, where the 2011 Summit was scheduled to be held, the programme will include special presentations from two of the country’s most prominent business leaders. Motoya Okada, president of AEON and Makatoko Kigawa, president of Yamato Holdings will provide updates on how efforts being made to support the industry and the entire nation in these challenging times.

“Our hearts go out to all of our members and colleagues in Japan that have been affected by the events there and we are looking forward to holding the Summit in Japan in 2013,” said Klaus Dohle, chief executive officer, Dohle Handelsgruppe Holding and chairman of The Global Summit Committee.

“Japan will be at the heart of the new 2011 Summit.”