When we look through the sustainable marketing lens, however, the word impact takes on additional meaning. Not only is the "breakthrough" power of impact important, but also the direct impact created through natural resource use, carbon emissions, waste generation, and social justice.
I recommend looking at four key factors when considering the impact of a sustainable marketing program:
1. Energy Use and Emissions
- What amount of energy will be expended to produce the program? Can this be minimized?
- Will production create carbon emissions? If so, how much
- How far will any produced materials be shipped, if they are shipped at all?
- Is the program created to minimize materials that could end up in a landfill?
- Are all inks, papers, and other elements of the marketing program considered eco-friendly?
- Are all of the produced materials, prizes, premiums, or other elements of the marketing program easily recyclable?
- Is information about recyclability easy to find for the consumer?
- Is post-consumer recycled material used whenever possible?
- Are all of the elements of the marketing program produced in a socially responsible environment? (e.g. in manufacturing facilities that provide a healthy, clean environment, don't employ child labor, and don't actively discriminate against its workers or other groups).
- Is the delivery or message of the marketing program both healthy for and equally accessible to all participants?