CSR reality check
I believe too much effort has been devoted to turning firms into all-purpose social agencies and that too much PR effort has been devoted to selling this rather fraudulent proposition.
Amnesty International has accused Shell Nigeria of human rights abuses, spreading pollution and other crimes against corporate responsibility (CSR). It provoked Paul Holmes, editor and publisher of The Holmes Report, to argue that companies will and should be held to the same standards globally. That’s a naïve response. Read on ›
This post is a reaction to Paul Holmes’s post Transparency is a principle, not a tool for manipulating the public. His headline was much more one-sided than his text, which was well-argued. So what comes next is a critique of the Big Idea of his headline, not his considered view. Read on ›
Disclosure: I’ve never flown Ryanair. So I might be speaking out the bottom of my non-reclining seat. However, I love most of Ryanair’s PR. Here’re ten reasons why (and the cavil). Read on ›
I’ve got that post-holiday feeling (seven days by Lake Lugano, thanks). You’ll know it. Suddenly I think I understand lots of stuff … So here’s what I think is going wrong in a good deal of PR thought. Read on ›
France Telecom has been getting unwelcome attention. It stands accused of driving 24 of its workers to suicide over an eighteen-month period. Rather than fight its corner, the company seems to prefer the old bad PR strategy: “apologise, reform and move on”. Why so? Read on ›
If we want a glimpse of where PR might go over the next ten years, we should examine Japan. The world’s second-largest economy’s property bubble burst 20 years ago. Since then deflation, recession and reality have broken the country’s commitment to consensus building, as Leo Lewis argues in “Japan’s harsh new reality” in today’s Times. Read on ›