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The Future of Sustainability is Design…

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The future of sustainability is design, not communication. When it comes to building brands and driving change, effective communication is a prerequisite. Unsurprisingly then, communications are often the first port of call when it comes to the unique challenges and opportunities that sustainability represents for today’s brands.

However, emerging cultural, economic and technological trends related to sustainability are forcing brands to think differently about the role of communications in their wider brand ecosystem. As is so often the case, when the game is changing this quickly, a more effective solution requires a redefinition of the problem.

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Cannes Lion for Social Farter

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Hailed by CNN as what might be “the best public service announcement ever…”, and recognised with a Cannes Bronze Integrated Lion at the 60th annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the Social Farter project used behaviour change insight and planning to the engage hardest-to-reach of all smoker segments: social smokers.

In collaboration with Ontario Ministry of Health (MoH) and BBDO Toronto, we used audience co-creation to develop insight along with behaviour change strategy and planning to answer the question: how do you get someone to quit smoking, when they don’t think they smoke!?

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It’s not CSR, it’s business!

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Working with brands and their agencies on sustainability, I’ve come to realise that our biggest barrier to progress on sustainability isn’t consumer behaviour, political inertia or market structures. It’s something less complicated, more insidious and cruelly ironic. It’s the enemy within: CSR!

That loose collection of terminologies, concepts and examples that has created the illusion of a distinct discipline, detached from the cut-and-thrust of business and brand; that ominous acronym, in many circles synonymous with greenwash, which has facilitated a tick box mentality based on compliance and reputation management.

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