Where businesses turn to enhance consumer trust and consumers are heard.

BBB National Programs is where companies, industry experts, and trade associations work together within a self-regulatory environment to foster industry best practices in truth-in-advertising, child-directed marketing, data privacy, and dispute resolution.

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BBB National Programs in the News

 

Tweens Obsessed With Skin Care Drive Brands to Say: Don’t Buy Our Stuff

Bloomberg  I  April 2024
Laura Brett, vice president of the National Advertising Division and Dona Fraser, senior vice president of privacy initiatives discuss how recent skincare brands are advising tweens to not buy their products.  


In Online Advertising Arena, Artificial Intelligence Aids And Abets Fake Reviews, False Claims

HBW Insight  I  February 2024
AI has a place in the FTC's proposed rule to ban fake consumer reviews and testimonials in online advertising in the US for a reason, one that Mary Engle, executive vice president of policy at BBB National Programs acknowledges.


It's Not Easy Being Green: Preparing for the FTC's Updated Green Guides

AdWeek  I  October 2023
Laura Brett, vice president of the National Advertising Division outlines the importance of clear and truthful green advertising, how companies can help build consumer trust in green claims, and the 2024 release of the updated Green Guides.


Regulators Have Their Eye On The Dark Art Of Dark Patterns

AdExchanger  I  August 2023
Mary Engle, executive vice president of policy at BBB National Programs discusses the trend of state privacy laws calling out dark patterns as an unlawful data privacy practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Years of Advancing Responsible Child-Directed Marketing & Privacy

 

For the last 50 years, companies marketing to children have held each other to a higher standard. In 1974, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) was established as the U.S. mechanism of independent self-regulation for protecting children under age 13 from deceptive or inappropriate advertising.

 

 

 

 

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September 16-17, 2024 in New York City

 

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Latest Announcements

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Companies Agree to Expand School Coverage under the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative Core Principles

McLean, VA – May 2, 2024 – Twenty-one of the nation’s leading food, beverage, and quick serve restaurant companies have agreed to strengthen their voluntary commitments for responsible food advertising to children under the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) Core Principles.

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BBB National Programs Issues Compliance Warning for Use of AI in Child-Directed Advertising and Data Collection

McLean, VA – May 1, 2024 – BBB National Programs’ Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) today issued a new compliance warning on the application of CARU’s Advertising and Privacy Guidelines to the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), putting advertisers, brands, endorsers, developers, toy manufacturers, and others on...

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BBB National Programs Applauds Today’s Launch of the Global CBPR Forum, Strengthening Commitments to International Data Privacy

McLean, VA – April 30, 2024 – BBB National Programs applauds the work of the Global CBPR Forum members, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, to launch the Global Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) and Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) certification systems, a key development in...

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Receivables Management Association International and BBB National Programs Announce New Accountability Service to Enhance the Receivables Management Certification Program

McLean, VA – February 6, 2024 – The Receivables Management Association International (RMAI) and BBB National Programs announced today that, effective March 1, 2024, BBB National Programs will independently administer the Remediation Committee for RMAI’s Receivables...

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Latest Decisions

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National Advertising Review Board Finds Glad ForceFlex MaxStrength Trash Bag “25% More Durable” Claims on Packaging Not Misleading

New York, NY – May 23, 2024 – A panel of the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) determined that The Glad Products Company’s “25% more durable” claim for Glad ForceFlex MaxStrength bags, as it appears on the packaging of 45- 34- and 20-bag sizes, is not misleading.

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Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends Healy World Discontinue Health-Related and Earnings Claims in Compliance Inquiry

McLean, VA – May 21, 2024 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) has recommended that Healy World, a direct selling company that markets consumer health and wellness products, discontinue certain health-related product performance claims made on social media by its salesforce members.  

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National Advertising Division Refers Problem Pregnancy Center to the MA Attorney General and Social Platforms for Review

New York, NY – May 16, 2024 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) referred advertising claims made by Problem Pregnancy, a crisis pregnancy center, to the Massachusetts Attorney General and social media platforms after the company failed to respond to NAD's inquiry.

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National Advertising Division Finds Certain Compostability Claims for HoldOn Bags Supported; Recommends Others be Modified or Discontinued

New York, NY – May 16, 2024 – The National Advertising Division determined that HoldOn Bags has a reasonable basis to claim that its trash bags break down in compost environments, but recommended other claims be discontinued. 

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For the full text of National Advertising Division, National Advertising Review Board, and Children’s Advertising Review Unit decisions, subscribe to the Online Archive. Other case decisions are available publicly: Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council and Digital Advertising Accountability Program. For members of the press, the full text of any BBB National Programs decision is available by emailing the request to press@bbbnp.org

Upcoming Events

The 2024 Direct Selling Summit

Designed for direct selling industry business leaders and legal and advertising professionals, the 2024 Direct Selling Summit is an educational event that delivers insider knowledge on how to responsi ...
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Jun 04, 2024 Virtual

Summer CARU Supporter Meeting

During 2024, the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU), we will celebrate the “evolution” of children’s advertising and privacy. In July, CARU Supporters will discuss progr ...
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Jul 17, 2024 Virtual

NAD 2024: Charting the Global Future of Ad Law

The National Advertising Division (NAD) annual conference, NAD 2024, will convene advertising and legal professionals, academic and industry experts, government officials, and businesses of all sizes ...
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Sep 16, 2024 New York, NY

West Coast CARU Supporter Meeting

During 2024, the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU), we will celebrate the “evolution” of children’s advertising and privacy. In October, CARU Supporters will discuss pr ...
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Oct 23, 2024 West Coast (TBD)

 

 

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