Breakfast Briefing: VW chief appeals for trust, brands' energy pledge, and charities face marketing crackdown

Welcome to Marketing's morning briefing, a daily shot of news and a recap of the best longer reads and videos. In today's news, the boss of Volkswagen apologises and asks for trust, brands including Starbucks pledge to use 100% renewable energy and a review of charity fundraising proposes stricter rules.

Breakfast Briefing: VW chief appeals for trust, brands' energy pledge, and charities face marketing crackdown
Breakfast Briefing: VW chief appeals for trust, brands' energy pledge, and charities face marketing crackdown

Volkswagen chief appeals for trust

Volkswagen has now admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles contain software that evades emissions controls.

VW has yet to explain who installed the software, under what direction, and why.

Its CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a video message on Tuesday: "Millions of people across the world trust our brands, our cars and our technologies.

"I am endlessly sorry that we have disappointed this trust ... We are asking for trust as we move forward: We will get to the bottom of this."

Source: AP/Yahoo News

Companies pledge to use 100% renewable energy

Goldman Sachs, Nike and Starbucks are among the Fortune 500 companies that have pledged to source 100 per cent of their electricity from renewable energy.

The companies are among 36 businesses that have made the pledge to reduce C02 emissions as part of RE100, a campaign by environment non-profit The Climate Group.

RE100 was launched one year ago during a week of events to promote climate change in New York. At the time, IKEA, BT, H&M, Nestle and Mars were among the 12 corporate partners that made the pledge in time for the launch.

Source: The Independent

Charity fundraising review proposes stricter rules

Charities could be banned from certain forms of fund-raising if they break new stricter rules proposed for the sector.

A government-commissioned review also recommended the creation of a new register to allow people to opt out of all charity contact.

It also said the main fund-raising regulator, the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), should be scrapped.

Source: BBC

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