Federal Trade Commission to Hold Phone-in Media Briefing on Final Changes to the Agency's Green Marketing Guides

Guides Help Firms Ensure Their Environmental Claims Are Truthful and Substantiated

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Media Advisory

The Federal Trade Commission will announce final revisions to its “green” marketing guides on Monday, October 1, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. on the FTC’s website, followed by a phone-in media briefing at noon with Chairman Jon Leibowitz, who will discuss the updated Guides and answer reporters’ questions.  The Green Guides help marketers avoid making deceptive claims by outlining general principles that apply to all environmental marketing claims.  They also provide specific guidance about how consumers are likely to interpret particular claims and how marketers can qualify them to avoid deceiving consumers.  The Guides were last updated in 1998, with proposed revisions issued for public comment in October 2010 .

WHO: Jon Leibowitz, FTC Chairman

James Kohm, Enforcement Division Director
Bureau of Consumer Protection
WHAT: Telephone media availability on the FTC’s final Green Marketing Guides
WHEN: Monday, October 1, 2012; 12 p.m., lines open at 11:45 a.m.

The final Guides will be posted on the FTC’s website at 11:30 a.m.

PRESS CONTACT: FTC Office of Public Affairs

Call-in Information

Reporters can call in with questions using the following information:

Call-in Number: 800-288-8974
Conference ID Number: 265826
Conference Host: Bruce Jennings

NOTE:  To join this conference call, all participants will be required to provide the Conference ID number above.  Questions will be taken from members of the media during the call, but other callers may listen in.

Social Media

FTC staff will answer questions on Twitter at 2pm. Follow @FTC and tweet questions using #FTCgreen. See Twitter Chats for more information.


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