WHO WE ARE
The Freedom of Commercial Speech Trust is a relatively new body representing the Marketing & Communications Industries; Organised Business; and Consumer Bodies in all aspects pertaining to the freedom in flow of marketing communications.
WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY?
Whilst accepting and acknowledging that the paper before us is an inspired study for dealing with the present imbalance and the future needs of the SA populous we do have to inform you of the FCS Trust's concerns with certain of the detail in the White Paper for the "Transformation of the Health System in South Africa".
THE WAY FORWARD
To offer the Department and the Portfolio Committee an interactive, communicative relationship in terms of all future legislation pertaining to marketing communications.
Background to the formation of The Freedom of Commercial Speech Trust
1. The Constitution
2. Definition and understanding of commercial speech
3. Planned Legislation
4. Collective negotiation
5. Costs of the Trust
PRINT MEDIA ASSOCIATION (PMA: 600 members represented by NEIL JACOBSOHN)
ASSOCIATION OFADVERTSING AGENCIES (AAA: 60 members represented by NINA de KLERK)
ASSOCIATION OF MARKETERS (ASOM- 186 members represented by DERRICK DICKENS)
NATIONAL CONSUMER FORUM (NCF representing 22 individual consumer bodies & their members)
CINEMARK (DAVID KRYNAUW)
DIRECT MARKETERS ASSOCIATION (DMA: 250 members represented by DAVEY IVINS)
DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION (40 members represented by DR. HUGO SNYCKERS)
FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION OF SA (FASA: 210 members represented by JACK BARBER)
GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION (GMA 51 members represented by NICK TSELENTIS) INTERNATIONAL ADVERHSING ASSOCIATION (IAA: 52 members: represented by BRIAN PUTTERGILL)
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATORS (IABC: 93 members PETER BLUM)
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS (NAB: 64 members represented by LYDLA JORDAAN, OUTDOOR ADVERTISING ASSOCIATION OF SA (OAASA: 48 members represented by TONY DAVIDSON)
PUBLIC RELATIONS INSTITUTE OF SA (PRISA: 1848 members represented by MARGARET MOSCARDI)
AMERICAN CHAMBER OF BUSINESS (AMCHAM- 260 members represented by LUANNE GRANT)
AHI (40270 members represented by JACOB DE VILLIERS)
INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS (IoD: 1540 members represented by RICHARD WILKINSON)
SOUHI AFRICAN CHAMBER OF BUSINESS (SACOB: 40000 members represented by DAVID ALLEN)
COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICAN BANKS (COSAB: 43 members represented by BOB TUCKER)
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION INSTITUTE (FXI represented by Raymond Louw)
BLACK BUSINESS COUNCIL BLACK MANAGEMENT FORUM
NATIONAL AFRICAN FEDERATION OF CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
INSTITUTE OF MARKETING MANAGEMENT
NATIONAL CONSUMER FORUM
PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
spada DESIGN ASSOCITION
What FCS Trust stands for
"The legal right to produce...
bestows the right to promote (responsibly)...
which ensures the consumer's right to choose."
The resultant stakeholders are: -
In other words
more information (not less)
results in a more informed and enlightened consumer
who then votes with their mind not their heart.
FCS Trust Objectives
· To negotiate in an open and transparent manner the acceptance of the right to freedom of commercial speech
· To protect the consumer from interference in his or her rights to make an informed choice
· To ensure the continuance of self regulation of commercial speech
'To negotiate in an open and transparent manner the acceptance of the right to freedom of commercial speech'
· Marketing at the heart of a market driven economy
· it is the driving force in a successful economy
· advertising is the commercial speech of marketing
· it is the crucial consumers information system which informs and educates
· marketing and advertising are legitimate business tools
· they build strong brands
· strong brands build strong economies
· which creates a positive investment attitude & environment
· invasion into the principles of marketing results in restrictive trade and a jittery investor, an under informed consumer and a nervous marketplace
'to protect the consumer from interference in his or her rights to make an informed choice'
· the active promotion of the counter viewpoint is essential to an holistically informed consumer
· free flow of responsible information without censorship creates and vibrant marketplace and economy
· more information is needed not less
· more education is better than less
· responsibilities in respect of the marketing communication of certain products need to be addressed
'to ensure the continuance of self-regulation'
· the advantages of self-regulation:
· peer respect, acceptance and pressure
· accepted and practised world wide
· no cost to Government
· one source and central control
· 25 years of experience
· effective and efficient
· the envisaged system for regulation of Marketing Communications
Reasons for our presence today
· Awareness of the FCS Trust and what it stands for
· Emphasise our constructive, consultative and negotiative attitude in all matters pertaining to Marketing Communications
· Whilst clearly stating our objections to any interference, restriction, violation, and statutory control of the process of marketing and marketing communication
· Begin to develop relationship and usefulness
· Offer facilitation in Marketing Communications matters
· Offer world-wide interface, information and experiences
· Offer marketing and marketing communication process training
· Re-emphasise that FCS Trust is not representative of nor a front for any individual product or product category
Some current examples
· Tobacco (interaction with the Department and with the Anti-Tobacco League has resulted in acceptance and acknowledgement of the fact that all products are not born equal, yet the instant banning of advertising is not the solution to the problem of youth smoking).
· Breast Milk Substitutes (this product has a role in the lives of certain mothers and the banning of marketing puts at risk those children whose mothers need this product ... the mothers and other involved parties need more education = more information not less).
· Pharmaceutical generics have a very definite role n the lives of a vast sector of our population. An understanding of these products and of the proprietary Brands is crucial. Responsible Marketing (and marketing communications) is the basis of such understanding.
A suggestion ...
· Develop a holistic Youth programme
E.g. "Life be in it!
Educative; participative; fun and rewarding; new icons; new skills; new attitudes; new nation
= more in formation for a more in formed consumer and a more in formed consumer is a healthier consumer.
The Recommended Way Forward
· Develop a consultative process which FCS Trust offers to facilitate with all of stakeholders.
· Develop a negotiate attitude encompassing all of the stakeholders (legislators; marketers; communicators; and consumers).
· Collectively review the proposed marketing impositions and come to consensus on the need and the action so as to avoid confrontation and conflict which bring with them the wrong signals to marketers and investors both here and across the globe.
· Create a positive and constructive working environment conducive to a win/win attitude for all of the stakeholders.
Martin Luther King
"Knowledge is power"
Let's develop together a more in formed and therefore a more healthy SA consumer through acceptance of "The legal right to produce... bestows the right to promote...which ensures the consumer's right to choose."