Policy brief & purpose
At Oxwash we believe that all our marketing efforts should provide genuine value to our target audience. Our marketing focuses not only on how our services benefit our customers, but also how they benefit socially responsible and environmental causes. We believe that this is the best way to earn our customers’ attention and their trust. Our marketing strategies are based on a belief that marketing should be honest and that we will not take advantage of anyone’s personal data. This policy statement lays out the ethical marketing practices we follow at Oxwash and the commitments we have made to ensure that our work meets or exceeds the highest ethical standards of our industry.
We commit to absolute honesty in our marketing, and we pledge to:
How we work
Making sure that our marketing is honest takes discipline and rigour. We try to always ask ourselves the following questions when planning and executing a marketing campaign or advertising:
Rejecting Green Washing and Impact Washing
Green washing and impact washing happen when a business exaggerates their positive and environmental impact to gain a marketing advantage or uses “feel good” marketing to cover up or distract from negative outcomes that their core business model is having in other areas–socially or environmentally.
We pledge that our campaigns are fully honest and transparent about the social and environmental impacts of our services. We will constantly review marketing and communications strategies and tactics to ensure that we are not engaging in green-washing or impact-washing.
Cultural Sensitivity in Campaign Creative
At Oxwash we commit to avoiding “Saviour complex” in our marketing and advertising campaigns. This can happen when, although well-intentioned, a company perceives a need for support of a certain community without including and empowering that affected community. The company might provide a solution solely from their external position of privilege. Saviour complex is problematic because it can result in communications, solutions, and power dynamics that reinforce systems of oppression.
When Oxwash builds campaigns aimed at promoting our services as solutions to long standing issues, we commit to exploring various perspectives, knowing that any complex issue likely has multiple causes and multiple potential solutions.
We will not use images of people in need, especially stereotypical images, to elicit an emotional response and drive engagement and/or donations from our audience. We believe that this approach can lead to insensitive campaigns and messages that may disempower the communities that we are striving to empower.
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Permission-Based Email Marketing
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Ethical Digital Advertising
Oxwash is committed to ensuring the accuracy and ethics of the content we promote through digital advertising.
Aside from considering the accuracy and honesty of the content, we also consider the ethics of the targeting approach. Digital advertising brings its own unique set of ethical issues related to data privacy. Facebook, Google, and many other digital media companies have developed sophisticated tracking technologies in order to understand, profile, track, and target users online so that their paying advertisers can reach their exact target audience via their digital advertising products and services. This kind of granular targeting often comes at the cost of individual users’ privacy. As consumer attitudes and technologies change, the ethical considerations that surround digital advertising are rapidly evolving. It is highly likely that the line of what is both legal and ethically acceptable will shift many times over the short and long term.
At Oxwash we will always avoid false advertising. Our advertisement will not make untrue claims about our services or clearly misrepresents what is being offered, as this is clearly an unethical marketing tactic.
We are always considering issues related to advertorial advertising. We make sure that the online user can tell what is paid advertising vs what is editorial content. Influencer marketing often relies on the process of well connected social influencers promoting products or services to their audiences, often through content that would be considered advertorial if the influencer is not transparent that the content is a paid promotion.
Pop ups or pop unders are widely considered unethical marketing tactics. They often offer misleading statistics about how many people actually see their content and few users engage with this type of content. We limit the use of pop-ups and modal windows as when overused they can become annoying and degrade the user’s experience of our website.
We follow these principles for modal window use:
White Hat Search Engine Optimization
Search engines use algorithms to determine what content to show at the top. Anywhere where computers are making decisions that will affect business outcomes opens up the opportunity for hacking and manipulation. In the world of SEO and content marketing, any tactics that are considered manipulative or unethical are typically referred to as “black hat” tactics. On the opposite end of this spectrum, you’ll find ethical or “white hat” SEO tactics based on providing valuable and useful content that aligns with what users and search algorithms are looking for. Our SEO team Reward Agency are Bcorp certified.
At Oxwash we practise and encourage the following best practices for White Hat SEO and Content Marketing:
Black Hat SEO: Tactics that we avoid and discourage
Updating this policy
We expect ethical marketing practices to continue evolving along with the technologies we use to discover, reach, and engage audiences. The line that separates ethical from unethical marketing practices can shift rapidly and we will continue to monitor the state of the field across different marketing channels and tactics and update our practices accordingly.
Questions and Feedback
We always strive to do the right thing for our customers and adhering to these ethical practices is part of that work. If you have questions or feedback to share that will help us do better, we encourage you to contact us using our website contact form.