Corporate Responsibility

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A Decade After Our Economy Crashed, Financial PR Still Has a Transparency Problem

September 13th, 2018 by

Goldman Sachs offered a blanket denial to the reporting from a story published earlier this week in the New York Times, which accuses Goldman of dismissing claims from a top executive who used the firm’s own whistleblower hotline to call out a litany of ethical violations he saw from the inside. Goldman’s statements on the matter call to question why transparency and accountability remain so difficult for the bank to put into practice, and its statements similarly raise more questions.

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Social Good in Puerto Rico: LG Partners with Aubrey Plaza to Assist Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts

August 29th, 2018 by

LG Mobile has partnered with actress Aubrey Plaza to bring $200K worth of LG G7 ThinQ smart phones and service to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, which is still recuperating from the aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season. Plaza announced the initiative on Twitter, and LG sent her to Puerto Rico to hand-deliver phones with the non-profit The Hispanic Federation.

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Takeaways From Dirty Little Secret, Authenticity Survey and New Subscriber Resources

August 1st, 2018 by

In each edition of PR News we highlight takeaways from select articles as well as additions to the PR News Resources Center, available to subscribers only. This edition highlights a new report from Yum! Brands and a short but terrific template for editorial submissions.

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5 Takeaways for Brands From Starbucks’ Antibias Training Report

July 2nd, 2018 by

More than a hollow and cookie-cutter corporate document, “Toward a Vision for Racial Equity & Inclusion at Starbucks: Review and Recommendations” reads as a realigning of perspectives and priorities. This is the work of a brand that has taken a hard, honest look at itself and is ready to share what it has learned.

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From Civil Rights to Immigration: Why Brands Should Wade Into Politics Carefully

June 21st, 2018 by

Conventional wisdom held that brands should avoid weighing in on politics or social issues. But as research reports and surveys show, consumers now want brands to stand for something beyond goods and services. That said, brands wade into the political world on several levels, although they do so at their peril, and sometimes their motivation is unclear.

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What Brands Need to Think About When They Take a Stand

June 8th, 2018 by

As we know, brands must stand for something beyond the products and services they offer. This means they can no longer remain silent in the face of an attack. They also need to admit when they make mistakes. Margaret Hoerster, a senior partner at Finn Partners, and Ameet Sachdev, a VP at the firm, argue timing, messaging and relevance play important roles when brands decide they should address an issue publicly.

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How Southwest Advises Its CEO on Which Social and Political Issues to Address Publicly

April 17th, 2018 by

Should your brand and CEO address a social or political issue? How about one that on its face seems to have little to do with your company? Last week during an IPR conference in Washington, D.C., Southwest Airlines’ CCO Linda Rutherford discussed a mechanism the carrier uses to advise its CEO about the social and political topics he should engage with.

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Global PR Industry Concerned With Ethics, Though Plans for Improvement Seem Unclear

April 17th, 2018 by

Ethics has become an issue for businesses, including PR. The new Global Communications Report from the Center for PR at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism finds PR pros and students certainly are concerned with ethics and the public’s perception of PR’s ethics. The respondents are less clear about what to do about it.

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How Brands Can Get Ready for Saturday’s ‘March for Our Lives’ and Whether or Not They Should

March 20th, 2018 by

With the March for Our Lives set for Saturday at venues around the country, what should brands be doing, if anything, to prepare? We asked Barie Carmichael , a senior counselor at APCO Worldwide and a former communicator at iconic brands. In sum, it’s a delicate dance and one size does not fit all.

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Reputation Declines for First Time Since ’09, But Honest Communication Can Help Brands Improve

March 20th, 2018 by

The Global RepTrak 100, the gold standard of corporate reputation, shows corporate reputation declining for the first time since 2009. Why has it declined and what can brands do about it? We answer those questions and more in our coverage.