RELX International recently launched its initiative to boost efforts to prevent youth use of vaping products. The initiative, RELX Pledge, is guided by three key pillars: Guardian program, Golden Shield and Green Shoots, according to a release.
The Guardian program is an initiative that stretches from product development to sales, preventing and discouraging the use of vape products by minors through joint efforts with retailers to step up on-site identification, according to RELX’s head of marketing, Leina Chedid.
“Since our inception, youth prevention has been an integral part of RELX International’s core company values. Our Guardian program applies across all our sales and marketing and supports effective legislation and regulation to prevent the purchase and use of our products by minors,” she said.
The Golden Shield program aims to end the sale of counterfeit products by working closely with investigation firms, e-commerce platforms and local authorities to weed out such products from the market, according to RELX’s global head of external affairs Jonathan Ng. He said that through Golden Shield RELX has assisted in 28 successful cases, removing over 550,000 fake products from the market and over 77,000 websites since 2019.
Green Shoots program is an initiative created to give back to the community, using the brand’s experience to help aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners get their businesses on the track to growth and success, according to NG
“Startups and small businesses are the economic backbone of societies around the world. As a company that grew from a startup ourselves, we understand the numerous challenges that small businesses encounter daily. Through the Green Shoots program, we hope to share our experience and knowledge to help them get on the right track towards growth and success,” he said. “Protecting minors is an issue we take very seriously, as our pledge commitment shows. We sincerely hope that others in the industry take this lead and also commit to this new era of responsibility.”
Components of the RELX Pledge will be rolled-out globally (excluding Mainland China and the United States) throughout 2021, and will be further enhanced in 2022, according to the release. The RELX Pledge will be localized in countries in which RELX International holds a market presence to account for applicable local customs, cultures and traditions.