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Sustainability 2011, 3(7), 1022-1034;

Planting Trees for Publicity—How Much Are They Worth?

Department of International Economics, University of Lodz, Lodz 90-255, Poland
Aeris Futuro Foundation, Krakow 31-141, Poland
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Received: 11 March 2011 / Revised: 13 June 2011 / Accepted: 6 July 2011 / Published: 18 July 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Branding and Marketing)
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Corporate marketing departments use trees and forests for advertising and public relations (PR). Trees and forests constitute a tangible symbol of the environment, reinforced by the growing awareness of the role that trees play in preventing climate change. Although the carbon sequestration function of trees is valued in monetary terms, its derivative services to marketing, CSR or HR departments are not (‘greening the image’). We focus on voluntary carbon offsets and other tree-planting activities undertaken by companies, aiming to demonstrate that the value of these derivative services of trees should be considered in monetary terms. Based on a small survey and an analysis of financial data for 10 tree-planting projects in Poland, we estimate this value at USD 7.42 per tree. This value depends on external circumstances, such as the current interest in climate change and ways to prevent it. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest services; trees; public relations; corporate social responsibility; green marketing forest services; trees; public relations; corporate social responsibility; green marketing

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Kronenberg, J.; Mieszkowicz, J. Planting Trees for Publicity—How Much Are They Worth? Sustainability 2011, 3, 1022-1034.

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