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How to avoid backlash for telling your sustainability story

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🗞️ Driving the news: Suzanne Shelton, speaking at the GreenBiz conference, discussed the challenges companies face in sharing their sustainability stories amidst backlash and lawsuits over environmental claims
• The key takeaway? Align sustainability communications closely with business and marketing strategy to mitigate backlash risks

🔭 The context: Many companies are hesitant to talk about their sustainability initiatives for fear of attracting criticism
• However, Shelton argues that transparency about efforts to address global challenges is essential, as silence might lead stakeholders to assume a company is not engaged in sustainability at all

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective communication about sustainability efforts not only informs the public about a company's commitment to solving environmental issues but also encourages other businesses to follow suit, fostering a more sustainable global economy

⏭️ What's next: Companies are encouraged to ground their sustainability communications in their business strategies and conduct thorough materiality analyses
• This ensures that their sustainability goals are aligned with their growth strategies and material issues relevant to their stakeholders

💬 One quote: "The answer to how to avoid backlash for telling your sustainability story is NOT to hide your light under a bushel. The answer is to be true to who you are," Shelton emphasizes the importance of authenticity in sustainability communications.

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