The Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit 2014 convenes in Paris 18-20 June 2014

One week today, CEOs from the biggest names in the global consumer goods and retail businesses will descend on Paris to discuss the future of their industries at the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit 2014.

The Forum’s 2014 Global Summit promises to be one of the most important yet, with businesses having to adapt to a wide array of challenges, any one of which has the potential to be transformational. While companies in the developed West battle against economic stagnation and businesses in the East come to terms with uneven growth, the central question for all will be how consumer goods organisations can ensure continued growth through a period of rapid change.

The Global Summit of The Consumer Goods Forum will take place in Paris from 18- 20 June 2014 at the Carrousel du Louvre, and will seek to address the most vital topics facing retailers across the globe today, offering perspectives on growth, the future of retail and the rise of the ‘Chief Executive Consumer’ to name a few. Attendees will also learn from industry best practice and get an update on The Forum’s progress against its strategic ‘pillars’.

Delegates to the event – The 58th Global Summit – will enjoy speeches and presentations from some of the biggest names in the consumer goods industry and beyond, including Jean-Paul Agon, chairman & CEO, L’Oréal; Georges Plassat, chairman & CEO, Carrefour; Nikesh Arora, senior vice president & chief business officer, Google; Jamie Oliver MBE, chef, restaurateur and health advocate; Michael T. Duke chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors at Walmart; and Justin King, CEO of Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Key themes set to be addressed at this year’s summit include how the changing roles of consumers, retail and technology will define the future of the industry; the lessons we can learn from governments, thinkers and global European companies; and why consumers should be seen as individuals rather than segments.

Peter Freedman, managing director at The Consumer Goods Forum, said: “With every year that passes the value of The Global Summit only increases. Regardless of where your business is located in the world, and whether you are a retailer or a manufacturer, the next few years are likely to bring unprecedented levels of change. Not only do consumer goods companies need to adapt to turbulent economic conditions and the impact of a rapidly evolving digital world, they need to be seen to be doing it in a way that preserves and builds consumer trust. In this context, The Global Summit will play an important role in forging a profitable and robust consumer goods industry for the future.”

The vision of The Consumer Goods Forum is to create ‘better lives through better business’. Manufacturers and retailers partner with The Forum to develop common positions and make improvements in four strategic priority areas for the industry – sustainability, health & wellness, product safety and end-to-end value chain.