The strategic need for investment to strengthen the long-term health and competitiveness of our brands, the short-term need to manage through significant cost increases, and the ongoing need to drive balanced top- and bottom-line growth, including margin expansion, underscore the importance of productivity.
We have developed a strong productivity muscle over the last decade as we delivered two $10 billion savings programs. Productivity is part of our DNA now, which will help us address some of the challenges we face. We remain fully committed to cost and cash productivity in all facets of our business. No area of cost is left untouched.
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