brownwash

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Blend of brown (best colour to cover up dirt) +‎ whitewash.

VerbEdit

brownwash (third-person singular simple present brownwashs, present participle brownwashing, simple past and past participle brownwashed)

  1. (rare) To rebrand, cover up or divert attention from amoral, illicit or criminal activities by establishing partnerships or connections with legitimate, value-based organizations e.g. NGOs.
    Company Y are brownwashing when they say they are partners with child rights NGO Y, yet employ child labor in their factories in Country Z.
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