Should children’s charities align with alcohol suppliers, merchants, producer – does alcohol and children’s charities mix, or is it like oil and water at a moral level?
There are laws about sales of liquour, only people of a specified age can buy it, and it can only be sold by people of a specified age, tobacco too can only be purchased (in many places) by people of a certain age – advertising for these products is restricted to.
So I ask – is it ethical given the reason for restriction on the promotion and sale of alcohol for ‘public good’ – is it right for a charity or any other organizations established to support children to have as major “obvious” supporters who tout alcohol.
Sure we can argue the need for financial support, but – should ethics, morales, personal beliefs of office holders – the board, come in to play?
Is it as a wrong alignment – it’s not like promoting girl guide biscuits.
Sure, it can be argued that charity promotions, websites, direct mail campaigns and the like aren’t targeted at youth – but, the fact is that youth see them.
And, what about organizations who work with youth, and younger, who have a conditions caused by alcohol, ok, these organization probably don’t accept support from alcohol organizations; but it’s likely that other organizations who work with these same ‘people’ do accept the support.
And who can blame them; you, it’s all about getting support from the most “ethical” source, but it does have to be asked – how do other supporters see this, how does the wider community your aiming to gain support from see it?
Is it time to take stock, can organizations afford to walk away from the “booze dollar”, or is there a way that this could be acceptable with restrictions on both sides?
Would you decline money or other support based on where it comes from?
Would you turn money away?