Green Marketing or Greenwashing?

I’m trying to study for my Business course and I need some help to understand this question.

As a means of demonstrating their social responsibility, many companies engage in cause or green marketing efforts; however, such efforts can backfire. In recent years, the terms greenwashing and cause washing have emerged to refer to marketing efforts that capitalize on the goodwill associated with environmental or charitable causes but reflect minimal commitment.

Guided Response:
In this interactivity, you’ll read about Diesel company’s “Diesel Global Warming Ready” campaign and also the cause washing phenomena. Then you’re going to decide if you judge this to be green marketing or greenwashing and how it impacts your likelihood to purchase from this brand.

  • Learn about the ‘Diesel Global Warming Ready’ campaign.
    • Diesel (Links to an external site.), the Italian clothing manufacturer, has been raising the heat with a provocative advertising campaign, “Global Warming Ready”, launched at the end of January. A series of newspaper, magazine and billboard advertisements shows models posing in Diesel clothing in a world affected by raised water levels and temperatures. To learn more, read this article:

http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/2007/diesel-global-warming-ready/ (Links to an external site.)

  • Share your opinion on the Diesel campaign with a forum post that answers the following questions:
    • Do you judge this campaign to be more green marketing or greenwashing? Why?
  • Would this campaign make you more or less likely to buy from Diesel brand. Why?

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