Inquiry into Greenwashing
The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (Committee), in response to the inquiry into greenwashing (Inquiry).
Greenwashing is the misrepresentation of the extent to which a product, service, investment or initiative is environmentally or climate friendly, sustainable or ethical.
The Law Council’s submission canvasses the current legislative frameworks, code-based and accreditation frameworks, enforcement activities and guidance materials with application to greenwashing in Australia, as well as international developments regarding sustainability claims that may be of interest to the Committee. These current legislative frameworks prohibit false and misleading claims, representations and conduct in financial services and marketing and promotion.