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  • Patricia Neuray

Marketing for Good -- How Marketing Can Contribute to Positive Change

Marketing as a force for good


Marketing is often criticized for promoting consumerism and feeding our obsession with keeping up with the Joneses. But it also can be a force for good. In a world where consumers are increasingly conscious of their choices, marketing can be a powerful tool for organizations to promote their products or services, contribute to positive change, and align themselves with causes that matter to their audience. Tangelo Media explores the concept of marketing for good and highlights examples of organizations successfully using it to change public opinion.


  1. Patagonia—"Don't Buy This Jacket": Patagonia, a company long recognized for its environmental commitment, ran a groundbreaking campaign that encouraged customers to consider the environmental impact of their buying decisions. By discouraging people from buying their products, they increased awareness and loyalty from fellow environmentalists. In many cases, they even offer to repair a Patagonia garment for you for free.

  2.  Chewy—For the Love of Pets: For pet parents who shop online, Chewy is a fantastic option. For every purchase, Chewy donates pet food and supplies to animal shelters through its Rescue + Shelter Network of non-profit partners. This is not only a great way to help shelters, but as an animal lover, it encourages you to buy more so they can give more.

  3. Dove—"Real Beauty": Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign challenged traditional beauty standards by celebrating diverse body shapes and sizes. The campaign featured real women, aiming to redefine the concept of beauty in the media. By promoting positive body image and self-esteem, Dove not only differentiated itself in the beauty industry but also sparked a broader conversation about inclusivity and representation.

  4. Ben & Jerry's – Advocacy through Ice Cream: Ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's has a long history of using its brand to advocate for social and environmental issues. From supporting fair trade practices to addressing climate change, Ben & Jerry's incorporates activism into its marketing strategies. By aligning with causes that resonate with its target audience, the company boosts its brand image and actively contributes to positive change.

  5. Always – "Like a Girl": A feminine hygiene brand challenged stereotypes with its "Like a Girl" campaign. By redefining the phrase "like a girl" to empower rather than diminish, the brand aimed to change perceptions and boost the confidence of young girls. The campaign resonated globally, sparking conversations about gender equality and encouraging a shift in societal attitudes.



Marketing for good has become an integral part of contemporary brand strategies, enabling companies to not only sell products but also positively impact society. Organizations can create lasting connections and influence public opinion by aligning with meaningful causes and authentically engaging with their audience. As consumers increasingly demand ethical and socially responsible business practices, marketing for good is not just a trend but a necessary evolution in the marketing world.


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