The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is an industry association that represents Retail and Manufacturing member companies in a sector that is one of the largest sources of employment in South Africa.

At the core of CGCSA’s purpose lies our vision, which is to become leading Consumer Goods industry platform for advocacy, collaboration and best practice in Africa.

In an ever-changing environment that is increasingly impacted by regulatory requirements, risk management capabilities and the pursuit of standardized operational solutions that enable members to trade better, CGCSA is uniquely placed to give members confidence in value chain transparency.

We offer global standards that enable organisations to identify, capture and share information smoothly; expertise in food labelling, food safety and food waste best practice; sustainability & regulatory advisory as well as crime risk management and skills development and training, making us able to support, advocate for and advise organisations in the Retail and Manufacturing sectors at every stage of the value chain, from farm to fork.

We help members trade better and build sustainable businesses through:

  • Advocacy, lobbying, engagement and collaboration on non-competitive industry matters;
  • Sharing best practice standards;
  • Focused regulatory and advisory services;
  • Providing access to our hub of valuable industry insights and;
  • Ensuring alignment with global Sustainable Development Goals and the National Development Plan.

CGCSA SERVICE OFFERING

Food Safety Initiative (FSI)
CONSUMER GOODS CRIME & RISK INITIATIVE
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SMME
A leading platform for engagement on food safety, quality, nutrition, health & wellness and related regulatory matters in Southern Africa
WORKING WITH MEMBERS TO REDUCE CRIME RELATED RISK WITHIN THE RETAIL INDUSTRY CHAIN

TOGETHER, WE’RE MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO:

– Achieve supply chain visibility
– Improve data quality
– Enhance food safety
A platform for SMME’s in the consumer goods industry to voice concerns and engage with big business on non competitive matters to ensure sustainability.
  • FSI is dedicated to promoting the safety, responsible manufacturing, importation, marketing and selling of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • We provide guidance and expert advice to help our members comply with existing legislation, including legislation regarding ingredients, additives & processing aids used in the manufacture of such products, while actively engaging with regulators and other key stakeholders to influence legislation
  • Core pillars centres on Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Legislation, Nutrition and Health & Wellness.
  • Our governance of these pillars operates and entertains matters, which are non-competitive in nature.
  • In conjunction with members, government and other industry partners the CGCRI business unit facilitates a collaborative platform to address and mitigate threats facing the industry.
  • The core focus is on Crime, Civil disobedience and other emerging threats which include Cyber Crime, Bomb threats and Terrorism.
  • Focus on the collection, analysis and sharing of non-competitive crime information to develop effective strategies, best practices and industry guidelines which is done in close liaison with the SAPS.
  • Forges partnerships with other relevant industries, i.e. banking, petroleum, pharmaceutical and security for purposes of information sharing and collaboration.
  • GS1 South Africa division within the CGCSA’s believes in the power of standards to transform the way we work and live, from retail to healthcare, fresh food, foodservices and logistics.
  • We create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations and assets.
  • We enable visibility through the exchange of authentic data.
  • We empower businesses to grow and to improve efficiency, safety, security and sustainability.
  • Representation at government level on matters directly impacting SMME’s.
  • Support & guidance to ensure food safety compliance.
  • Guidance on legislative and regulatory matters.
  • Support through established partnership with bodies solely focused on SMME development

Underpinned by:

Lobbying, Advocacy & Regulation

Collaboration through public private partnerships i.e NEDLAC, BUSA, SABS, CGSO, SETAs etc.

Encourage responsible environmental sustainability practices.

CGCSA SERVICE OFFERING

Food Safety Initiative (FSI)
A leading platform for engagement on food safety, quality, nutrition, health & wellness and related regulatory matters in Southern Africa
  • FSI is dedicated to promoting the safety, responsible manufacturing, importation, marketing and selling of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • We provide guidance and expert advice to help our members comply with existing legislation, including legislation regarding ingredients, additives & processing aids used in the manufacture of such products, while actively engaging with regulators and other key stakeholders to influence legislation
  • Core pillars centres on Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Legislation, Nutrition and Health & Wellness.
  • Our governance of these pillars operates and entertains matters, which are non-competitive in nature.
CONSUMER GOODS CRIME & RISK INITIATIVE
WORKING WITH MEMBERS TO REDUCE CRIME RELATED RISK WITHIN THE RETAIL INDUSTRY CHAIN
  • In conjunction with members, government and other industry partners the CGCRI business unit facilitates a collaborative platform to address and mitigate threats facing the industry.
  • The core focus is on Crime, Civil disobedience and other emerging threats which include Cyber Crime, Bomb threats and Terrorism.
  • Focus on the collection, analysis and sharing of non-competitive crime information to develop effective strategies, best practices and industry guidelines which is done in close liaison with the SAPS.
  • Forges partnerships with other relevant industries, i.e. banking, petroleum, pharmaceutical and security for purposes of information sharing and collaboration.
GS1

TOGETHER, WE’RE MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO:

– Achieve supply chain visibility
– Improve data quality
– Enhance food safety
  • GS1 South Africa division within the CGCSA’s believes in the power of standards to transform the way we work and live, from retail to healthcare, fresh food, foodservices and logistics.
  • We create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations and assets.
  • We enable visibility through the exchange of authentic data.
  • We empower businesses to grow and to improve efficiency, safety, security and sustainability.
SMME
A platform for SMME’s in the consumer goods industry to voice concerns and engage with big business on non competitive matters to ensure sustainability.
  • Representation at government level on matters directly impacting SMME’s.
  • Support & guidance to ensure food safety compliance.
  • Guidance on legislative and regulatory matters.
  • Support through established partnership with bodies solely focused on SMME development

Underpinned by:

Lobbying, Advocacy & Regulation

Collaboration through public private partnerships i.e NEDLAC, BUSA, SABS, CGSO, SETAs etc.

Encourage responsible environmental sustainability practices.

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