This week in PR (3 December)

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Richard Bailey Hon FCIPR is editor of PR Academy's PR Place Insights. He teaches and assesses undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students.

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It happened this week

Profession and purpose

ESG, corporate and financial

  • Vicki Marinker with Robbie Somerville: A review of COP26 and the evolution of the ESG agenda [podcast] (3 December)
    ‘I think it’s really interesting how much the [climate] conversation has advanced: how prominent it is in everyday life and in the media.’
  • Bob Huxford: The UK’s IPOs are no turkeys (30 November)
    ‘This would suggest that UK has seen a lot of good quality businesses listing in 2021 and that the London markets remain in good health.’

Public and third sectors

Politics, public affairs and public sphere

  • Tiffany Burrows: The power of trees (2 December)
    ‘The UK Government has committed to trebling tree planting rates by the end of 2024, and this week announced a new coastal community forest in Cumbria, which will see up to 150 hectares of trees, woodlands and forests planted in the area.’
  • Mark Wall: Happy Taxpayer (30 November)
    ‘As a comms professional, how can I help move this reluctance to pay [taxes] into a rejoicing to participate?’
  • James Surallie: One small step for Labour, one giant leap for Keir Starmer? (30 November)
    ‘Calling in some of Labour’s more well-known politicians shows Starmer’s intent to reach voters and mount a visible and public-facing chalenge to government.’
  • Ciaran Gill: Trade Tuesday – Red steel: Nick Thomas-Symonds MP appointed as the new Shadow Trade Secretary (30 November)
    ‘Keir Starmer MP has said that the party would seek to “make Brexit work” and yesterday confirmed that Thomas-Symonds, in his new trade role, would play a central role in the development of this new strategy.’
  • Thomas Messenger: Political Insider: The Labour Reshuffle (no date)
    ‘Yesterday’s reshuffle showed that Starmer is emboldened in his position and is no longer nervous about making some of the necessary changes required to make the Labour Party electable again.’

Wellbeing, gender and diversity

Planning, measurement and evaluation

Consulting, teams and careers

Risk, crisis and reputation

Internal communication

Media, digital and technology

Academic and education


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  • Lily Harrison (Solent): A Controversial Christmas Ad: Can Societal and Organisational Benefits Be Simultaneous? (2 December)
    ‘If it helps prevent the marginalisation of the LGBT+ community, then who cares if the organisation benefits simultaneously?’
  • Elena Niculescu (Solent): Breaking news in music (2 December)
    ‘Clearly Adele’s team is on fire because her album became the year’s fastest selling album, and surpassed Taylor Swift.’
  • Andrea Carbonell (Solent): The impact of food advertising on childhood obesity (1 December)
    ‘Research has found strong associations between increases in advertising for non-nutritious foods and rates of childhood obesity. Most children under age 6 cannot distinguish between programming and advertising and children under age 8 do not understand the persuasive intent of advertising.’
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