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Most consumer goods depend in some way on the use of natural resources like water or pollination. A thriving consumer goods sector is one that can both benefit from — and contribute to — a healthy, sustainable environment.


The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is transforming the way that goods are produced in South Africa and ensuring that both nature and people are taken into account. The group has developed Environmental Sustainability Guidelines to help its members address environmental concerns across their supply chains.



Our role

The culmination of a yearlong partnership between CI and CGCSA, the guidelines are scalable and have benefits for businesses that go beyond the South African border. They also contribute to the goals of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, engaging across broad sectors of the economy and integrating both continental and global commitments.

Our plan

The Environmental Sustainability Guidelines allow all CGCSA members to engage in this transformative process no matter what size they are. Included are environmental best practices as well as South African legislation across 11 environmental issues that concern water use, waste water, energy, waste, land use and biodiversity, pollution and hazardous substances.

Following a feasibility study that revealed a strong interest from industry, the next phase is a pilot study across three sectors in the supply chain. Companies will be able to change over a period of time and move toward greater levels of sustainability as they implement more and more of the recommended actions. Ultimately, it is envisioned that the Council will be able to provide support to Gaborone Declaration signatory countries that want to adopt the model.


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