The marketing potential of corporate social responsibility activities: the case of the alcohol industry in Latin America and the Caribbean

The marketing potential of corporate social responsibility activities: the case of the alcohol industry in Latin America and the Caribbean

Author Pantani, Daniela Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Peltzer, Raquel Google Scholar
Cremonte, Mariana Google Scholar
Robaina, Katherine Google Scholar
Babor, Thomas Google Scholar
Pinsky, Ilana Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Aims The aims were to: (1) identify, monitor and analyse the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices of the alcohol industry in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and (2) examine whether the alcohol industry is using these actions to market their products and brands. Methods Nine health experts from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay conducted a content analysis of 218 CSR activities using a standardized protocol. A content rating procedure was used to evaluate the marketing potential of CSR activities as well as their probable population reach and effectiveness. The LEAD procedure (longitudinal, expert and all data) was applied to verify the accuracy of industry-reported descriptions. Results A total of 55.8% of the actions were found to have a marketing potential, based on evidence that they are likely to promote brands and products. Actions with marketing potential were more likely to reach a larger audience than actions classified with no marketing potential. Most actions did not fit into any category recommended by the World Health Organization

50% of the actions involving classroom and college education for young people were found to have marketing potential

62.3% were classified as meeting the definition of risk management CSR. Conclusion Alcohol industry Corporate Social Responsibility activities in Latin America and the Caribbean appear to have a strategic marketing role beyond their stated philanthropic and public health purpose.
Keywords Advertising
alcohol industry
alcohol marketing
Caribbean
corporate social responsibility
Latin America
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Hoboken
Language English
Sponsor International Development Research Centre
Alcohol Research UK
Institute of Alcohol Studies
Grant number International Development Research Centre: 107 203-001
Date 2017
Published in Addiction. Hoboken, v. 112, p. 74-80, 2017.
ISSN 0965-2140 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Wiley
Extent 74-80
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.13616
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000393953000008
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/56345

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