We want to ensure that our marketing communications help consumers make appropriate choices about the food products they buy and consume.
RESPONSIBLE MARKETING AND ADVERTISING
At Ferrero, we aim to support consumers in making responsible choices about the food products they eat and drink by following strict marketing communications standards that often go beyond legal requirements.
Especially regarding marketing to children, Ferrero’s Advertising and Marketing Principles are clear: we do not direct our advertising and marketing communications to children under 13. In addition, we work to ensure the highest possible level of compliance and provide internal guidance and training to our employees.
We believe effective self-regulation that provides truthful and accurate information serves the interests of consumers. Therefore, we follow several voluntary commitments in addition to local standards and regulations.
In all our marketing communications, we apply the Framework for Responsible Food and Beverage Communications adopted by the International Chamber of Commerce, the world’s foremost business organisation promoting responsible marketing and advertising communications. We also follow the Global Responsible Marketing Policy set out by the International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA), of which we are a founding member. Ferrero is also a member of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), an international organisation promoting efficient practices concerning responsible advertising.
We recognise the need for enforcement of these voluntary commitments. Accordingly, we participate in the external monitoring of our commitments to assess compliance levels with national, regional or global industry pledge commitments, and, in case of non-compliance, we amend our advertisements.
Responsible marketing to children
Ferrero believes in the crucial role played by parents in educating their children about a balanced diet and a healthy and active lifestyle. All our advertising and marketing communications are directed only to adults who make purchasing decisions and to young people 13 years and older, in terms of content and media purchasing, unless relevant local standards or regulations require a higher age.
Measuring our compliance
Independent organisations monitor our compliance with industry initiatives on responsible marketing to children annually. For example, by Ebiquity for television advertising and the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) for brand websites, social media profiles and influencer marketing. You can read about our compliance rates in our latest Sustainability Report.