The Power of Choice
How Diageo’s The Power of Choice campaign saved lives on South Africa’s roads
South African alcohol consumers are some of the heaviest drinkers globally, according to data published by the World Health Organisation. So, it’s no surprise that historically, drunk driving is the primary cause of road fatalities in the country. With many 18- to 25-year-old consumers who drive and drink socially, perhaps feeling like they’re invincible to road accidents, Diageo, a leader in the spirits industry, realized this was an area where it could be a positive influence. Diageo wanted to help change the mindset and the behaviour of South African motorists towards alcohol and road safety, particularly within the younger generation.
Building on Diageo’s global #JoinThePact programme, WE partnered with the company in May 2019, creating The Power of Choice campaign. The goal was to empower young adults to make smarter and better decisions regarding their safety and the safety of others around drinking and driving. To bring the campaign to life and increase engagement, the campaign needed to secure pledges from young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 25 to refrain from driving while intoxicated. The target was to achieve 400,000 pledges by June 2020.
WE kickstarted the campaign at Diageo’s production site at Isipingo, in South Africa, where its young employees could begin to spread the message to youths in their community. WE developed a targeted influencer approach working with South African actress Jessica Nkosi, actor Ntokozo Dlamini, DJ Sabby. It also partnered with like-minded stakeholders such as the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), media company Bar Leader, Dr Musa Mthombeni and the Premier Soccer League to name a few. This helped control the narrative around positive drinking (drinking responsibly and eliminate alcohol abuse), especially through Diageo’s non-profit Drive Dry’s social media community.