The initiative aims to raise awareness of the devastating ongoing implications of the 2020 bushfires on the koala population, one year on.
Of the estimated 85,000 koalas left in Australia the fires impacted more than 60,000 of the marsupials, leaving thousands homeless and the koala species now threatened with possible extinction in parts of Australia by 2050.
To highlight the threat to the disappearing species and support the partnership, the toilet tissue brand is launching an integrated campaign.
Developed in collaboration with Essity’s agency partners Publicis•Poke, Zenith, Blue Chip and Finn Communications, the campaign involves the removal of the brand’s iconic Kenny the koala from 3,000,000 of its promotional packs.
The concept for the campaign was devised by creative agency, Publicis Poke, who also developed a series of tongue-in cheek films that aim to show just how irreplaceable koalas are.
Tracking the attempts of ‘koala expert’ Jo Robinson, the films show her plight to solve the impending koala extinction by training other famous Australian animals at her Koala Academy to ‘fill in’ for the cuddly creatures, in case they don’t make it.
Publicis•Poke worked in partnership with Zenith UK on creative and media strategy to deliver a reach-first broadcast approach. The films will be amplified with investment across social, YouTube, BVOD, and VOD.
PR, influencer and shopper activations will also support the ATL and on-pack campaign, with the common goal of educating consumers on the ongoing impact of the fires, encouraging discussion around the topic and ultimately driving donations for the charity.
Manchester based agency, Blue Chip, led on the development of the on-pack promotion along with packaging development agency, Tynan D’arcy.
Creative communications agency, Finn, is delivering strategic media and influencer relations, and will be running ongoing social activations, working closely with Zenith, who led the media strategy and brokered all key media placements. Luon is responsible for the website development, with Performics providing SEO.
Commenting on the initiative, Nicola Coronado, UK & ROI marketing director at Essity said, “we saw the devasting impact the 2020 bushfires had on Australian wildlife and with our brand mascot being a Koala, we know just how special these cuddly creatures are.”
“We are also aware the crisis is far from over, which is why we believe we have a responsibility to actively support the cause and raise awareness among our consumers and beyond.”
“We’re proud to be partnering with WWF and hope that our campaign will bring British consumers’ attention back to the crisis, in turn making a significant difference to our mascot Kenny’s marsupial friends down under.”
“We’re also pleased to have partnered with an excellent group of agencies that are working hard together for the greater good.”
Rob Wood, Head of Partnership Communications at WWF added, “the lasting impact of the 2020 bushfires and ongoing threats like climate change mean koalas are facing an uncertain future. We’re so grateful to Cushelle for supporting our long-term goal of saving the species.”
Dave Monk, executive creative director at Publicis•Poke, said, “the light-hearted family humour strikes the right balance between maintaining what Cushelle is known for and not sacrificing the devastating message it wants to communicate.”
“It’s a fitting way to showcase the 93-year-old brand’s commitment to sustainability and to give the British public a very simple way to play their part in saving koalas.”
Hannah Craig, Group Account Director at Finn Communications, said, “the Cushelle partnership with WWF is a great demonstration of a brand supporting a cause that stays true to its own values.”
“It’s a clear signal to consumers of the brands commitment to sustainability at a time when looking after the planet should sit at the very forefront of the public agenda. We are thrilled to be the partners that drive awareness amongst the British people for such an important cause, making it matter for Cushelle and Kenny’s koala friends down under.”
Jess Harper, Group Account Director at Blue Chip, said “Cushelle’s partnership with WWF clearly emphasises to the consumer that they are a brand that cares.”
“This promotion, along with Cushelle’s generous donation, will help to engage shoppers, drive awareness and further donations, to ultimately help their much-loved mascot, Kenny the koala, stay around for longer.”
Shoppers can contribute to the cause by buying a special donation pack of Cushelle Original. Available now in major supermarkets nationwide, both instore and online.
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