6 - 8 JUNE 2023

Global Conference, In-Person

Global Summit


The Premier FMCG Business Network and our Flagship Event, Where Business Leaders Come to Build the Future.


Pursuit of Harmony in Turmoil:
Working Together to Make a Difference

Over the past years, the industry has weathered the storm of ongoing global crises such as the global pandemic, supply chain disruption, conflict, increased energy prices, and the effects of the climate emergency. While the scale of the challenges we face is unprecedented, they are also shared – so our approaches to tackling them must also be collaborative. As we keep our priorities straight and move forward as one, it is time to unite the lessons from the past with the possibilities that lie ahead. The Global Summit 2023 in Kyoto will be the opportunity to bring our global industry together in the pursuit of a more harmonious future, for the planet and its people. The 2023 programme is built around four key pillars of global retailing and manufacturing.

Key Themes

Business Growth in Global Crisis

The current macroeconomic landscape is extremely turbulent. How can we conduct business in this environment? How do we balance short-term constraints and long-term challenges? Sessions in this stream explore how businesses can survive the current environment, navigate to the next stage of resilience, and thrive once again.

Accelerating Tech & Innovation

AI. Cybersecurity. Agritech. Data. Automation. Digital Transformation. The future of our industry and of work is undergoing a paradigm shift right before our eyes. Learn how innovation is fuelling a continuous tech transformation and get inspired by innovative experts and speakers in multiple sessions focusing on tech.

People & Retail

It’s no coincidence that we have picked Kyoto as the destination for our 2023 Global Summit. Japan’s leading retailers are highly sophisticated mirroring the Japanese consumer, who is at the vanguard of 21st-century shopping. Stay on top of a constantly redefined retail experience with overviews of the latest behaviour trends, shifting competitiveness, and new business models, which keep the consumer at the heart of everything.

Business Progress in Sustainability

These sessions examine the role and responsibility of businesses in driving positive change, making the tough calls around costs, efficiency and supply chain in order to better serve consumers as well as people and the planet.

Why Attend The Global Summit?

Our annual Global Summmit is the CGF flagship event. It is exclusively reserved for CEOs and C-level executives from our members. Retailers, manufacturers and services providers come here to discuss future business trends, to network, and to share knowledge and best-practices to overcome today’s most pressing challenges.

It is…

  • The destination for successful business leaders in our domain.

  • Where CEOs talk to CEOs, with expert input from specialists.

  • Where our industry can voice the key issues and challenges it’s facing.

  • Where the global agenda for the consumer goods sector is set.

  • Where answers to solved challenges get shared.

  • The event you must attend to make your future in this industry vital and global.

What CEOs Say About The Global Summit
    I'm delighted the Global Summit is back in 2021. Having missed it last year, and with all that has happened in the past year, we know we need it now more than ever. It's a must attend event in my calendar - so too that of my Board members and leadership team.
    Seah Kian Peng
    Group CEO
    NTUC Fairprice
    Now more than ever our industry needs to come together to shape a sustainable future: economically, socially and environmentally.
    Elaine Bowers Coventry
    Chief Customer and Commercial Officer
    The Coca-Cola Company
    It’s time to meet again – change as accelerated since we met two years ago and there are many insights to be shared among industry leaders.
    Anders Svensson
    CEO & Deputy CEO
    ICA Sverige & ICA Gruppen
    I'm looking forward to the virtual Global Summit - to experience the same high-level speakers and great insights, and to meet-up with peers and business partners - all from the comfort and safety of my own home. I look forward to hearing first-hand what everyone has been up to over the last 12-18 months.
    Annie Murphy
    SVP & Chief Customer Officer
    Walgreens Boots Alliance
    Now what? That’s a pretty good question that will be at the center of our 2021 Summit. I can’t wait to hear insights from thought leaders, as well as Industry and Retail partners, about the future of our industry and the world at large. Working together to build the future has never been so meaningful!
    Alexis Perakis-Valat
    L’Oréal Consumer Products
Past Editions
A Must-Attend for C-Level Executives

The Global Summit is the must-attend event for any C-level executive from the CGF membership. It is the only C-level forum for business leaders who want to:

  • Be part of an exclusive worldwide consumer goods business network at top management level.

  • Gain exposure to new strategic concepts, companies and thought-leaders from both inside and outside the consumer goods industry.

  • Bring home actionable insights for operating your business in a changed and consumer-led world.

  • Exert your influence over the major new issues having an impact on the consumer goods business worldwide.

  • Take advantage of a truly dynamic environment in which to do business.

  • Receive the latest updates and actions on The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalitions of Action.

Who Attends The Global Summit?

  • C-level executives and C-suite
  • Retailer and manufacturer CEOs and top management
  • Internationally-renowned speakers

Carbon Neutrality

We work tirelessly to maintain our events to be as sustainable as possible.  The Global Summit 2022 was certified by Grown Forest as a Carbon Neutral Event. Learn more

The Event Designers: the Global Summit Committee


Elaine BOWERS COVENTRY, The Coca-Cola Company, USA
Kian Peng SEAH, NTUC Fairprice, Singapore


Jerry BLACK, Aeon, Japan
Katie DECKER, Kenvue, USA
Betty QUIGLEY, L’Oréal, France
Anders SVENSSON, ICA AB, Sweden
Loic TASSEL, Procter & Gamble, Switzerland
Bjorn TIMELIN, McKinsey & Company, UK