By working closely with their suppliers, consumer companies can lessen their environmental and social impact and position themselves for strong growth.
The next 10 to 15 years will present major opportunities for consumer companies.
Some 1.8 billion people are expected to join the global consuming class by 2025, a 75 percent increase over 2010. Consumer spending should rise even more than the number of consumers as household incomes swell and people use bigger shares of their budgets to buy consumer goods. China, for example, is on track to gain 100 million working-age consumers by 2030, and it is expected that their spending on personal products will be double the current rate.
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