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Join us this Friday @ 11am EST for the second ARCS seminar series!

  • 1.  Join us this Friday @ 11am EST for the second ARCS seminar series!

    Posted 20 days ago
    Join us on November 11th for the second ARCS seminar of the 2022/23 online virtual series!

    When? 11:00-11:30am EST for paper presentation; 11:30am-noon EST for PhD/junior networking with speaker
    Who? Sarah Light (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
    What? "Greenwashing and the First Amendment"

    ABSTRACT - Full paper can be accessed here.

    Recent explosive growth in environmental and climate-related marketing claims by business firms has raised concerns about the truthfulness of these claims. Critics argue (or at least question whether) such claims constitute greenwashing, which refers to a set of deceptive marketing practices in which an entity publicly misrepresents or exaggerates the positive environmental impact of a product, service, or the entity itself. The extent to which greenwashing can be regulated consistent with the First Amendment raises thorny doctrinal questions that have bedeviled both courts and scholars. The answers to these questions have implications far beyond environmental marketing claims. This Essay is the first to offer both doctrinal clarity and a normative approach to understanding how the First Amendment should tackle issues at the nexus of science, politics, and markets. It contends that the analysis should be driven by the normative values underlying the protection of speech under the First Amendment in the disparate doctrines that govern these three arenas. When listeners are epistemically dependent for information on commercial speakers, regulation of such speech for truthfulness is consistent with the First Amendment and subject to the laxer review of the commercial speech doctrine. This is because citizens must have accurate information not only to knowledgably participate at the ballot box but also to have meaningful freedom in economic life itself.

    Visit our website for the full semester schedule.

    Please register for the seminar here: https://corporate-sustainability.org/online-seminar-series/



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    Mark DesJardine
    Associate Professor
    Tuck School of Business At Dartmouth
    Hanover NH
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