Ensure your company isn't damaging customers' trust by greenwashing – making false claims that your company or products are environmentally friendly.
• Greenwashing is when a company purports to be environmentally conscious for marketing purposes but actually isn't making any notable sustainability efforts. • Companies can greenwash even when they have good intentions. • As a result of greenwashing, most American consumers do not believe company claims about their sustainability practices.
You've probably heard of whitewashing at least once in the corporate world. Whitewashing is when an organization covers up or glosses over scandalous information by presenting a biased representation of the facts. But greenwashing isn't nearly as well known. Greenwashing is when an organization spends more time and money on marketing itself as environmentally friendly than on actually minimizing its environmental impact. It's a deceitful marketing gimmick intended to mislead consumers who prefer to buy goods and services from environmentally conscious brands.