Each year, the Consumer Goods Forum (formally CIES) conducts the “Top of Mind” survey of the top executives from retailers and suppliers in 46 countries around the world. The poll aims to uncover what these leaders feel will be the top issues facing the industry.
In 2009, there was a clear shift from corporate social responsibility and food safety to the one topic that dominated all businesses – the economy.
In 2010, the economy and consumer demand are still “on-top” of the issues facing the industry.
Thankfully, corporate social responsibility, which includes environmental issues., community relations and governance has climbed back into the number two spot (up from number 3 in 2009).
Not only is this good news for the environment, it is also good for the bottom line. “Going Green” has been shown to boost the profits of the retailer and supplier community.
For a good gauge of the pulse of the industry – the Consumer Goods Forum press release is a good place to start. You can read it here.
If your company is a Consumer Goods Forum member you can also access the full survey. Happy Reading!