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Abstract

This is a series of three caselets featuring some specific incidents in three companies that led to some ethical concerns being raised against them. While in the case of Emami Ltd and Pfizer Inc, ethical concerns were raised regarding the marketing of their products 'Fair and Handsome' and 'Lipitor' respectively, 'Facebook' was in the eye of the storm due to its new ad revenue model that provided other on-line advertisers with a new social media to market their products to Facebook users. The first caselet discusses the long standing debate on the ethics of marketing and promoting skin-lightening products with reference to the launch and advertising of Emami's Fair and Handsome, a fairness cream for men, and the decision of the company to rope in Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan to endorse the product. Both the company and the actor were heavily criticised for promoting a product that allegedly strengthened harmful stereotypes and age-old prejudices that equated fair skin with good looks. The second caselet is regarding the world's largest pharmaceutical company's marketing of the world's largest selling drug Lipitor. Critics contended that Pfizer resorted to off-label promotion (which was illegal and unethical) to drive up the sales of Lipitor to such gigantic levels. The third caselet discusses the ethical and privacy concerns pertaining to Facebook's new ad system.

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2005-2007

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Abstract

This is a series of three caselets featuring some specific incidents in three companies that led to some ethical concerns being raised against them. While in the case of Emami Ltd and Pfizer Inc, ethical concerns were raised regarding the marketing of their products 'Fair and Handsome' and 'Lipitor' respectively, 'Facebook' was in the eye of the storm due to its new ad revenue model that provided other on-line advertisers with a new social media to market their products to Facebook users. The first caselet discusses the long standing debate on the ethics of marketing and promoting skin-lightening products with reference to the launch and advertising of Emami's Fair and Handsome, a fairness cream for men, and the decision of the company to rope in Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan to endorse the product. Both the company and the actor were heavily criticised for promoting a product that allegedly strengthened harmful stereotypes and age-old prejudices that equated fair skin with good looks. The second caselet is regarding the world's largest pharmaceutical company's marketing of the world's largest selling drug Lipitor. Critics contended that Pfizer resorted to off-label promotion (which was illegal and unethical) to drive up the sales of Lipitor to such gigantic levels. The third caselet discusses the ethical and privacy concerns pertaining to Facebook's new ad system.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate courses.

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Location:
Size:
Medium / large
Other setting(s):
2005-2007

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