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Corporate

  • The paradox of communicating CSR: Time to refocus

    October 12, 2021

    Many companies try to improve their image by communicating their involvement in socially responsible activities. This often arouses scepticism rather than achieving the intended goal. Greta Thunberg conveyed it most eloquently: “Blah, blah, blah”. In this series, we explore ways to successfully manage the predicament. Time to refocus In post 1. 'Reality check', we highlighted the reputational challenge that corporations face when communicating their socially responsible activities.  Let’s now take a short definitional excursion to...

  • FleishmanHillard UK expands international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) capabilities with new appointment

    October 12, 2021

    FleishmanHillard UK has boosted its international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) offer with the appointment of Tim Harding, who joins from the UK Department for International Trade (DIT). At the DIT, Tim was a specialist in foreign trade, investment and economic development into the UK, with a focus on Asian markets, and brings more than a decade of government experience advising on trade policy, inward investment and international business opportunities for the UK and...

  • Beijing’s CPTPP mischief is another headache for Washington in the Indo-Pacific power struggle

    October 12, 2021

    Over recent weeks headlines have been full of the announcement of the AUKUS defence partnership. In an unsurprisingly rapid response China, the unspoken target of the new submarine capabilities in Oceania, announced their application for accession to CPTPP. Although they had previously made no secret of the ambition to apply to this multilateral agreement, with full awareness of the irony that it had been originally created to contain their regional economic dominance, it was nonetheless...

  • The paradox of communicating CSR: Reality check

    October 8, 2021

    Richard Costa, Director and Head of Corporate Reporting at Ensemble Studio Many companies try to improve their image by communicating their involvement in socially responsible activities. This often arouses scepticism rather than achieving the intended goal. Greta Thunberg conveyed it most eloquently: “Blah, blah, blah”. In this series we explore ways to successfully manage the predicament. There is a difficult challenge that companies face when trying to communicate their corporate social responsibility (CSR): the lack of...

  • Previewing the Conservative Party Conference 2021

    October 3, 2021

    By Tomos Davies, director As Conservatives gather this week for their annual Conservative Party Conference 2021, the first in-person meeting since Boris Johnson’s triumphant 2019 general election victory, they do so against a turbulent and uncertain political backdrop. As Britain’s forecourts run dry, the cost of living spirals, and with warnings of a winter of discontent on the horizon, Conservatives congregating in Manchester will hope for a dash of that fabled Johnsonian tonic to banish...

  • Labour Conference 2021 Round-up: Five things we learned

    September 30, 2021

    Labour Conference 2021: Starmer slays the Corbyn dragon, but will he now resonate with the public? Four days of Labour Conference is quite enough Conference for most. However, I hugely enjoyed being back amongst party members, MPs, peers and the wider business community for the first in-person Labour Conference since 2019. It’s safe to say that Brighton 2021 was a mixed bag for the party, but there are clear signs that Labour is now once...

  • Communicating corporate social responsibility: Corporate responsibility as a negotiation between organisation and stakeholders

    September 28, 2021

    Richard Costa, Director and Head of Corporate Reporting at Ensemble Studio There is a great deal of ambiguity that shrouds the concept of corporate responsibility. Not only is there a lack of consensus as to what it actually means, more than ever companies are also expected to communicate theirs. It’s a riddle wrapping an enigma. How should corporations approach communicating corporate responsibility? In the third post, 'Corporate responsibility as a strategic activity', we examined the idea...

  • Inside Labour Business Day 2021: Finding a new normal

    September 27, 2021

    The party conferences are back and with them the challenge of speaking to multiple audiences – to the party faithful, to the general public and to competing interest groups. But where does business feature in this mix? At Labour Business Day 2021, the party is signalling that it cannot achieve the better future it seeks for the workforce, the planet and for local communities without working better with business. But how will it cultivate this...

  • FleishmanHillard Ensemble Studio wins at the Corporate and Financial Awards

    September 24, 2021

    FleishmanHillard Ensemble Studio celebrates another award win, this time at the Communicate magazine Corporate & Financial Awards! The team picked up Bronze for Barclays' 2020 annual report in the 'Best printed report: FTSE 100' category. Ensemble Studio united the print and digital annual reports with portrait photography and a cheerful colour palette in a distinctive style. One judge said, “I liked the flow of the document and the digital-first approach in terms of layout while...

  • Communicating corporate responsibility: Corporate responsibility as a strategic activity

    September 23, 2021

    Richard Costa, Director and Head of Corporate Reporting at Ensemble Studio There is a great deal of ambiguity that shrouds the concept of corporate social responsibility. Not only is there a lack of consensus as to what it actually means, more than ever companies are also expected to communicate theirs. It’s a riddle wrapping an enigma. How should corporations approach communicating corporate responsibility? In the second post, “Corporate responsibility as social conformity or CSR”, we looked...