Government encouraged to crack down on greenwashing
The Greens have welcomed the ACCC’s announcement to investigate businesses that are greenwashing, but have called for the government and regulators to go further in the enforcement of false environmental claims.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, spokesperson for the Greens, commended ACCC and ASIC but called for even further action, saying it should be illegal to lie about the green credentials of products and services.
According to Hanson-Young, “The fashion industry has been flagged as one with the highest proportion of concerning claims. Considering it is the second most polluting industry globally, responsible for up to 10% of annual carbon emissions, a crackdown on green claims is urgent.”
The Albanese government signed an international commitment to ensure businesses transparently disclose environmental credentials and consumers are provided with accurate information. Hanson-Young said the government must act to implement rules holding businesses accountable in this area, as greenwashing is “ripping off” and “misleading” Australians.
“I urge the industries subject to this review, along with the advertising industry, to work closely with the regulators to ensure Australian consumers can truly know what they are signing up for when they choose a product or service,” she said.
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