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KLM's sustainability

In a landmark legal decision, the District Court of Amsterdam ruled that KLM’s sustainability advertising, which portrayed flying as sustainable and claimed alignment with the Paris Agreement goals, breached EU consumer law due to its misleading nature. This historic ruling, prompted by legal action from environmental groups Fossielvrij and Reclame Fossielvrij, sets a significant precedent within the aviation industry, challenging companies to ensure that their environmental claims are both realistic and substantiated. The court’s judgment highlights the need for transparency and factual accuracy in advertising, especially regarding climate commitments and the use of “”offsetting”” strategies. This decision underscores the legal risks for corporations engaging in greenwashing and serves as a critical reminder of the importance of genuine efforts toward sustainability and environmental protection.

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