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FTC Says Diaper Claims Didn't Pass the Smell Test
FTC Says Diaper Claims Didn't Pass the Smell Test

MARKETING AND COMMS - What do dirty diapers and deceptive ads have in common? (We’ll pause a moment so you can add your own punch line.) Now that’s out of the way, the action against Portland-based Down to Earth Designs — consumers know them as gDiapers — is the FTC's latest effort to ensure the accuracy of environmental marketing claims. But even if green isn't your game, the case also offers insights into what the FTC calls "unqualified claims."

Embracing Conscious Consumerism Helping Brands Win Loyalty
Embracing Conscious Consumerism Helping Brands Win Loyalty

MARKETING AND COMMS - This post is part of a series written by MBA and MPA candidates in Presidio Graduate School’s Managerial Marketing course, examining the role of marketing in advancing sustainability across all sectors.

D&AD's White Pencil Teams Up with TIE to Create New League of 'Social Intrepreneurs'
D&AD's White Pencil Teams Up with TIE to Create New League of 'Social Intrepreneurs'

COLLABORATION - The D&AD White Pencil, an award that highlights excellent creative ideas with a social purpose — now in its third year — is the world’s top prize for design, advertising or digital work that addresses key social, political or ethical issues.In order to demonstrate its increasing commitment to supporting positive change through creativity, D&AD is now collaborating with The International Exchange (TIE) — a leadership development programme that combines the expertise within agencies and studios with the needs of NGOs to create positive, sustainable change — to offer two TIE placements to this year’s White Pencil nominees.

New Campaign Encouraging Brits to 'Smart Swap' Healthier Food Criticized for Shortsightedness
New Campaign Encouraging Brits to 'Smart Swap' Healthier Food Criticized for Shortsightedness

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Last week, Public Health England unveiled its latest Change4Life campaign, which this year focuses on getting people throughout England and Wales to “Smart Swap” fatty or sugary foods for healthier alternatives.The campaign recognizes that it’s unrealistic to expect people to immediately switch from chocolate to fruit, for example, so it is hoping to incentivize making smarter food choices by offering participants money-saving vouchers for healthier foods and drinks and in-store offers from partner retailers such as Asda, Co-operative Food, Lidl and Aldi.

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Luxury Most Poised for Instigating Positive Change Within Fashion Industry, Says Eco-Age
Luxury Most Poised for Instigating Positive Change Within Fashion Industry, Says Eco-Age

MARKETING AND COMMS - In a sector where social and environmental commitments have traditionally focused on philanthropic efforts, luxury is perhaps the most poised for instigating positive change within the fashion industry, argues Nicola Giuggioli, CEO of Eco-Age. According to Giuggioli, the luxury industry’s intimate knowledge and appreciation of high-quality materials, manufacturing and notions of provenance, alongside its smaller scale in comparison to mass fashion, position it to become a leader in the sustainability space.

BBMG-SHFT Partnership Helping Brands Engage Savvy, Values-Driven Consumers
BBMG-SHFT Partnership Helping Brands Engage Savvy, Values-Driven Consumers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Last month, brand innovation consultancy BBMG and sustainable-lifestyle platform SHFT announced they are joining forces on a new branded content offering for organizations aiming to reach and engage Aspirational consumers, a fast-growing consumer segment that cares about looking good, feeling good and doing good.Combining BBMG’s consumer insights and brand-building expertise with SHFT’s creative and production capacity and the SHFT.com lifestyle platform, the partnership offers a new approach to developing and delivering original branded content designed to disrupt and delight.

Starbucks Jumps on the Sustainably Sourced Wagon with New Origins Campaign
Starbucks Jumps on the Sustainably Sourced Wagon with New Origins Campaign

MARKETING AND COMMS - Continuing a positive trend of transparency in the food industry, Starbucks' latest campaign focuses on the quality and sourcing of its coffee beans, as sustainability and health concerns continue to motivate consumers to ask, "Where does this come from?"Launched on Sunday during the Emmys, the new documentary-inspired TV ad shows the heritage of the cafe chain's Arabica coffee beans. "The bean matters, because you cannot roast in quality, you cannot roast in complexity," the voiceover says as black-and-white footage of coffee plantations and the roasting process runs.

AdAge Releasing New Report on Navigating FTC Green Guides
AdAge Releasing New Report on Navigating FTC Green Guides

MARKETING AND COMMS - Advertising Age is releasing a report today entitled “How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims: What Marketers Need to Know about the Updated FTC Green Guides.” Co-authored by Jacquelyn Ottman of J. Ottman Consulting and David Mallen from the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau, the report comes just in time for the one-year anniversary of the most recent update of the Guides.The FTC published the first edition of the Green Guides in 1992, to help advertisers avoid deceptive or misleading environmental marketing claims. These Guides are now the go-to standards for green marketing claims and have counterparts in Canada, UK and Australia.

Hyundai's Controversial Ad: Communicating Sustainability the Wrong Way?
Hyundai's Controversial Ad: Communicating Sustainability the Wrong Way?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Suicide may be painless in the song but it's a theme that's causing all sorts of grief for automaker Hyundai.

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Marketing “Sustainability”: Don't Forget the Green Guides
Marketing “Sustainability”: Don't Forget the Green Guides

MARKETING AND COMMS - In October 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its revised “Green Guides,” which are designed to help marketers ensure that the claims they make about environmental attributes of their products are truthful.

Is Your Brand RAD? Partnering with the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal Program
Is Your Brand RAD? Partnering with the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal Program

WASTE NOT - In 2012, EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program celebrated six years and 50 partners. EPA launched the RAD program in 2006 as a voluntary partnership program to help protect the ozone layer and climate system. In its first year, RAD partnered with nine utilities.

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