What About Marketing’s Social Responsibility?

Back in February, I wrote a piece entitled ‘Time for Some Moral Marketing’.  My hope was that 2012 would provide the antidote to the widespread corporate, political and social immorality of 2011 (expenses-fiddling politicians, corrupt bankers, phone hacking, abuse in ‘care’ homes, riots…). We were all hopeful that the Jubilee and Olympics/Paralympics would provide the feel good factor we were desperate for.  Sadly, the Jubilee was an over-long washout but our athletes did us proud, [...]

Modern Morality: Right Sentiment, Wrong Phrase?

Back in February, I wrote a post entitled ‘Time for Some Moral Marketing’.  It was prompted by Marc Mathieu of Unilever arguing that it was time for marketing to get back to “the origins of the discipline… as a way to drive social progress as well as sales”. I’ve long believed that business – not just the marketing department – should play fairly and ethically.  In his book ‘Screw Business as Usual’, Richard Branson ably [...]