Tagged: Corporate Social Responsibility

MEMBER NEWS: IOGT-NTO: World Water Week Helps Greenwash Big Alcohol

IOGT-NTO has issued letters to the organizers of World Water Week in Stockholm criticizing the presence of major alcohol companies at the event. In the letters, IOGT-NTO criticizes that World Water Week helps Big Alcohol to greenwash its image, despite apparent conflicts of interest and appalling Human Rights abuses of the alcohol companies involved…

REPORT: Public Health Surveillance Studies of Alcohol Industry Market and Political Strategies

Political strategies are driven largely by business interests, whether at the company, sectoral, or industry level, and corporate social responsibility activities may be integrated within overall strategies. There is a high degree of collaboration in political strategy development between companies, facilitated by growing concentration among global producers operating in increasingly oligopolistic markets…

BLOG: False Philanthropy: Big Alcohol Exploits Africa

There is an increasing amount of marketing campaigns disguised as philanthropic initiatives being undertaken by global alcohol corporations in an effort to endear themselves with the people and (more importantly) with the politicians, and increase alcohol consumption in Africa. This is deeply problematic for many reasons…

NEWS: South Africa: Rising Criticism Of Beer Against Hunger Campaign

In South Africa calls mount to boycott SAB Miller’s campaign against hunger
The South African Breweries, together with Stop Hunger Now South Africa, has launched a Beer for Africa eight-pack in order to feed hungry students across the continent.
But civil society organisations have called the initiative irresponsible and are urging consumers to boycott it and sign a petition against it…

BLOG: Chang Beer Targeting Kids

By targeting children and youth, through sports and music sponsorship, Chang beer wants to establish brand recognition and allegiance and they aim on enticing young people to start using alcohol earlier and more. In the long-run, they want to turn Thailand from an abstaining into alcohol consuming society…

BLOG: Not Pure After All: German Beers Contaminated With Pesticides

News just broke in Germany that exposes the truth, that German beer is not so “pure” after all. Several German beer brands are contaminated with the pesticide glyphosate. The Munich Environmental Institute (Umweltinstitut München) revealed the results of a study showing that traces of the weed killer glyphosate have been found in 14 different beer brands…

BLOG: Do You Let Big Alcohol Fool You?

The world’s biggest beer producer, ABInBev, has launched one of the deadliest campaigns ever seen, and it is more important than ever that we can recognize their scheme and not allow this to pass unnoticed as harmless Corporate Social Responsibility tactics…

REPORT: The Truth About Britain’s Public Health Responsibility Deal For Alcohol

A new report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) condemns the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, suggesting it has “worsened the health of the nation”. Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol surveys the evidence on the Government’s flagship public health programme, which was launched in 2011 as a voluntary partnership with commercial organisations, public bodies, academics and NGOs to promote public health goals.
The Responsibility Deal brings these actors together to commit to a set of non-binding pledges to reduce health harms. The IAS report demonstrates the failings of this project, finding:
The Responsibility Deal is not endorsed by academics or the public health community;
It has pursued initiatives known to have limited efficacy in reducing alcohol-related harm;
The evidence on the effectiveness of the Responsibility Deal is limited and unreliable, due to ambiguous goals and poor reporting practices;
Where evaluation has been possible, implementation has often failed to live up to the letter and/or spirit of the pledges;
The Responsibility Deal appears to have obstructed more meaningful initiatives with a stronger evidence base behind them…

REPORT: Alcohol Industry Not Meeting ‘Responsibility Deal’ Labelling Pledges

In the United Kingdom, alcohol warning labels are the subject of a voluntary agreement between industry and government. In 2011, as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal in England, the industry pledged to ensure that 80% of products would have clear, legible health warning labelling.
The UK Public Health Responsibility Deal alcohol labelling pledge has not been fully met. Labelling information frequently falls short of best practice, with font and logos smaller than would be accepted on other products with health effects…