brands under fire
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 10, 2012 06:04 PM
Merck chairman and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier was honored in June with the “Good Scout” Award by Philadelphia’s Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council. Frazier grew up in North Philadelphia and credits scouting as instrumental in his life. Now Frazier, the first African American to head a major pharmaceutical company, is turning his back on the organization until it reverses its discriminatory policies.
Now Frazier and Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, have joined the growing wave of corporate leaders taking a stand against discrimination towards gay scouts and leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.
As GLAAD notes of the corporate backlash to the Boy Scouts' anti-LGBT stance, Merck joins Intel and UPS with the following statement: “The BSA's policy of exclusion based on sexual orientation directly conflicts with the Merck Foundation’s giving guidelines. The Foundation re-evaluated funding for the BSA when the organization restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual orientation. Merck Foundation has notified the BSA of this decision.”
Boy Scouts of America director of public relations, Deron Smith, provided the following statement to brandchannel: “Scouting believes that good people can personally disagree on this topic and still work together to accomplish the common good. While not national sponsors, these companies have positively impacted America’s youth through support of Scouting in local communities. We respect their right to express their own opinions.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 4, 2012 09:01 AM
Microsoft denied "Killer Instinct" trademark, as Microsoft-Google patent fight rests on "fairness" definition and Motorola is denied injuction against Microsoft in patent suit. Microsoft-Intel push to combat Apple in tablet space, meanwhile, seen as "sputtering."
American Suzuki forges ahead with incentives amid US wind down.
Apple wins six new design patents, sees increasing pricing tension with retailers and Steve Jobs bio pic starring Ashton Kutcher heading to Sundance.
Applebee's plans to open "green" restaurant in New York's Harlem where Hot Bread Kitchen is a rising local brand.
Balenciaga hires designer Alexander Wang as creative chief.
Baxter agrees to buy medical-equipment maker Gambro in company's biggest acquisition.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 29, 2012 09:06 AM
Airbus and Boeing aim at each other in advertising spat.
CNN prospects weighed under Jeff Zucker.
Canadian Club launches "Join the Club" red-meat campaign.
Carnival apologizes to gay passengers after forbidding drag dress on cruise.
Chevrolet sees Volt ranked as best-loved car by Consumer Reports.
Costco to spend $3 billion on special dividend ahead of fiscal cliff.
Exxon faces short-term shortage of oil supplies.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 28, 2012 09:02 AM
CNN seen naming Jeff Zucker, former head of NBCUniversal, as its chief.
Groupon sees board meet on new CEO.
LinkedIn wants to solve world's skills gap.
Aldi stretches brand promise for hunger challenge.
Angry Birds sparks export boom from Finland.
Apple continues shakeup over iOS 6 maps app mishap as brand hit with patent suit over headphones.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 21, 2012 08:45 AM
HP CEO Meg Whitman pilloried over $8.8 billion start-up acquisition charge for Autonomy as stock plunges and former CEO comes out of woodwork.
News Corp. reportedly eyeing Simon & Schuster as add-on to HarperCollins and acquires 49% of YES Network as former newspaper execs charged with bribery. YES, meanwhile, extends Yankees TV rights through 2042.
Amazon unveils brand pages and looks to reinvent publishing model with Tim Ferriss book.
Apple products top kids' holiday wish lists, while spaceship-like campus delayed until 2016.
BlackBerry dropped by US agency over device reliability concerns.
Big Ten college sports conference brand could be diluted by eastern driven.
Darden CMO defects to Ruby Tuesday.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 20, 2012 09:01 AM
Hostess Brands gets a stay of execution as company and union agrees to mediation today.
Ikea gets green light in India.
GM launches Springo sub-brand in China.
BMW shows off speed with tire-track promotion.
Best Buy posts loss as store sales drop.
Billabong Americas head considers buyout bid for company.
Campbell Soup builds giant Pinterest board out of classic green-bean casserole.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 6, 2012 09:02 AM
The most expensive presidential election in U.S. history comes to a close as America heads to the polls.
Suzuki to end U.S. auto sales and file Chapter 11.
Netflix adopts poison-pill defense and Carl Icahn slams it.
Apple is said to be considering switch from Intel for Mac and may be seeing tablet dominance come to an end, as EU reportedly ready to stike a deal on e-books.
Balenciaga parts ways with longtime creative director Nicolas Ghesquière.
BMW shrugs off high costs as profit rises.
CBS signs multi-year deal with Hulu.
Eight O'Clock Coffee sends "superfans" on junket.
GM bolsters its credit line against European losses and pension costs.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 23, 2012 09:02 AM
BBC sees editor step aside amid Jimmy Savile sex scandal as director goes before government inquiry.
McDonald's teams up with Rovio for Angry Birds promotion in China.
Google defends trademark challenge to its AdWords service.
Adobe campaign uses blunt language.
Apple tests ability to stay ahead of the curve with new iPad reveal today.
Brand India is promoted with China trade show.
Denny's launches menu inspired by The Hobbit.
DuPont cuts outlook and plans to cut 1,500 jobs.
Facebook surges in fan engagement with restaurants.Continue reading...