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  • The paradox of communicating CSR: Warts and all

    October 26, 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. Join us on Tuesday 16 November 2021 for a webinar panel of speakers comparing real-life experiences on the challenges of building trust with their audiences when communicating CSR. Warts and...

  • FleishmanHillard’s Ensemble Studio finalists in Strategic Comms Awards

    October 20, 2021

    FleishmanHillard's creative studio, Ensemble Studio has been shortlisted in two categories for the Strategic Comms Awards 2021. Annual reports designed for Hargreaves Lansdown and also for Barclays have been announced as finalists. Best Annual Report 2020 Finalist: Hargreaves Lansdown Best Annual Report: FTSE 100 Organisations Finalist: Barclays Winners are unveiled on November 23rd. Contact us...

  • Webinar — “Blah, blah, blah”: The paradox of communicating CSR

    October 19, 2021

    Join us on Tuesday 16th November, 2-3pm (GMT) for a panel discussion on the challenges of communicating corporate social responsibility (CSR), hosted by Richard Costa, Director & Head of Corporate Reporting, in conversation with: Iain Brotchie, Vice President UK External Communications at TotalEnergies  Danny Cox, Head of External Relations at Hargreaves Lansdown Jacqui Sanders, Head of Healthcare at FleishmanHillard UK  Alistair Smith, Director of Strategic Communications at EY UK & Ireland  Register to attend. The world is...

  • The paradox of communicating CSR: The learning curve

    October 19, 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. The learning curve In post 2. 'Time to refocus,' we took a short definitional excursion to introduce the core idea behind the most successful approaches to communicating socially responsible activities...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Communicating corporate social responsibility: Corporate responsibility as social conformity or CSR

    September 20, 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 (CSR). 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 first post in the series, 'Communicating corporate social responsibility', I...