Health & Wellness Progress Report
Empowering consumers to make healthier choices
Results from the latest Consumer Goods Forum Health & Wellness Progress Report show that more than 180,000 consumer goods products have been reformulated in 2016, while over 30,000 communities worldwide have been involved in industry-led programs that promote healthier diets and lifestyles.
About the Health & Wellness Progress Report
The Health & Wellness Progress Report, developed in conjunction with Deloitte Global, details how members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) are working together to empower consumers and employees around the world to live healthier lives. Now in its fourth year, this is the only such global survey covering both retailers and consumer goods manufacturers.
Inspired by CGF members’ commitment to being part of the solution to today’s biggest health and lifestyle challenges, this member-driven initiative was led by Nestlé and Ahold Delhaize and supported by some of the largest consumer product brands and retailers in the world.
This infographic summarizes some of the results from the survey:
- Over 180,000 products have been reformulated, with 75% of responding members confirming they have reformulated products. For food and beverage companies, sodium and sugar were most often targeted for removal in reformulation and whole grains and vitamins were the most common nutrients to be added. For personal care and hygiene companies, the removal of parabens was the number one target in reformulation.
- More than 30,000 communities were reached through industry-led health and wellness programs, with 72% of responding members having partnered with community stakeholders.
- Over 386,000 schools were involved in education programs on health and wellness.
- 93% of respondents said a “strong majority” of employees are eligible for employee health and wellness programs.
- 44% confirmed they were consulted by national and/or regional governments on the issue of improving health and wellness.
The number of companies reporting in 2016 increased over 30% compared to 2015. With over 100 member companies now reporting on how they are implementing the CGF’s Health & Wellness Resolutions and Commitments, it is clear positive actions are being taken by the industry to help address the growing obesity epidemic and increase in non-communicable diseases. However, the report also notes that there is still much more to be done in embracing a holistic, industry-wide approach to health and wellness – including food, beverage, and personal care and hygiene companies – and in contributing to a culture of prevention.