How Risky Is Colgate-Palmolive Company Stock?

The toothpaste and soap maker is generally considered a "safe" consumer staples play, but investors should recognize the risks the company faces

Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) is often considered a stable "defensive" consumer staples play for tumultuous times. Over the past 12 months, its stock price has stayed nearly flat and slightly outperformed the S&P 500's 3% decline. However, despite its reputation for being a steady, slow-growth stock, Colgate-Palmolive still faces several significant headwinds.
Let's discuss four such challenges, as mentioned in its most recent 10-K filing, to see just how "risky" this consumer staples stock is.