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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3074.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 11:06 AM

Abstract #118130

Philanthropy in the tobacco industry

Robbin Derry, PhD, Kellogg School - Ford Center for Global Citizenship, Northwestern University, 2001 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208, 847-491-4976, r-derry@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Philanthropy in the tobacco industry

This presentation will discuss how the tobacco industry companies use philanthropy strategically. The philanthropic activities of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco from the 1980s to the present will be described to show how these strategies have evolved over the past 25 years. Industry document evidence will highlight how these philanthropic activities fit into the strategic goals and interests of the companies. For example, when Philip Morris needed to build an alliance among fire fighting organizations in order to reduce their public criticism of the industry for the role of cigarettes in starting residential fires, they found that by donating $50K to the National Association of State Fire Marshals for their campaign for smoke detectors for the blind, they could effectively influence how the NASFM publicly attributed the cause of fires. The degree of integration of philanthropy and strategy will be compared to the philanthropic practices of other multinational companies and analyzed in terms of conflicts of interests and public harms and benefits. The research methods used will be industry document research, and a longitudinal study of annual reports to track specific philanthropic efforts (e.g. abused women, farmers, artists) and how these are linked to contemporary strategic interests and target markets of the companies. We will examine why particular philanthropic streams are increased or decreased, and how effects of philanthropy are assessed by the companies. In addition we will consider whether philanthropy is designed to purchase public approval by positive attribution and affiliation.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

[ Recorded presentation ] Recorded presentation

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Is the Tobacco Industry Giving Social Responsibility a Bad Name?

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