You’re not a real company unless you have an active CSR & sustainability campaign. At least that seems to be the new normal. The recent World Economic Forum pushed the green effort, though there were some cracks. To get set for PRNEWS’ CSR & Nonprofit awards in late March, we look at the ups and downs of CSR and why corporate social activism needs communicators who do it well.
Ethics has long been a hallmark of public relations. In this fourth and final installment of PRNEWS’ 2020 predictions, the theme of ethics seemed to dominate. Whether it be in technology, storytelling or writing, several of our prognosticators emphasized ethics’ importance in the coming year.
Imagine practicing PR when your organization’s business objective is protecting democracy and defending millions of lives. Veterans Day affords us a moment to reflect on the 4,000 men and women who make up the U.S. military’s public affairs team. Many of us might be surprised to discover how some of the work they carry out is similar to what we as strategic communicators do every day.
As we inch ever closer toward the entry deadline for the 2020 PRNEWS Nonprofit/CSR Awards, it’s hard not to get a bit nostalgic about ceremonies past. There are still a couple of weeks left to enter and share your story with us and celebrate your nonprofit’s hard work over the past year! Review this year’s awards categories and enter here and share your best work with the PR community. We’ll see you in March.
Brands need to be certain their values align with the actions they take. For nonprofits that means being cognizant of the sources of donations. As the venerable Royal Shakespeare Company in the U.K. learned this week, hell hath no fury like students with tickets that an environmentally-unfriendly brand subsidized.
PRNEWS staffer Sophie Maerowitz spends her off-hours volunteering for New York City cyclist, pedestrian and public transit advocacy organization Transportation Alternatives. At the start, she figured it would be the usual rabble-rousing stuff: showing up to protests, tweeting photos while holding up signs, et al. She now realizes it’s that and much more. She offers tips from her experience at TransAlt that communicators can adapt to urge brand advocates to become involved in social issues.
My off-hours are spent volunteering as an activist for New York City cyclist, pedestrian and public transit advocacy organization Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt). At the start, I figured it’d be the usual rabble-rousing stuff: showing up to… Continued
The media often points to examples of large brands failing to observe crisis-response best practices. The incident at the Topeka Zoo on Saturday (April 20) showed a small nonprofit conducting crisis PR at very high levels. The Zoo not only communicated quickly and transparently, it did so with sensitivity. Some large brands and organizations should take note.
Each year PR News’ CSR and Nonprofits awards lunch is a pastiche of PR tips and tactics and emotion. The 2019 edition, held Friday, was jammed with takeaways and examples of PR using its vast tool kit to do good. We offer a few memories of the awards luncheon, which was held at Washington, D.C.’s historic National Press Club.
Each year, PR News recognizes the leaders and campaigns creating the most social good at our CSR & Nonprofit awards luncheon. The 2019 event, hosted at the the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., saw… Continued