Can Technology Companies Achieve Diversity?
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, corporate America is trying to walk the talk when it comes to matters of racial justice and equality. This time it’s bigger than press releases or PR-driven diversity pledges. Early efforts have been led by African-American CEOs, entrepreneurs, and companies that serve a diverse customer base, but nearly […]Read More
Can PR Take Ownership Of Reputation?
In business as in life, reputation is everything. Few corporate CEOs will deny that a company’s reputation colors every aspect of business, including marketing, talent recruitment, employee relations, shareholder relations, and even customer experience. In fact, the 2017 U.S. Reputation Dividend Report calls reputation a “cornerstone of corporate value” and quantifies the dividend that corporations […]Read More
Why Most Boycotts Fail But Others Win
When is a boycott more than just PR? What makes it work? Recent reports of a slowdown in SoulCycle’s business made me wonder about the staying power of customer boycotts. Why do most fade while others gain traction and even force change? If you missed it, famous SoulCycle fans were outraged when billionaire Stephen Ross, […]Read More
"Stakeholder Value" Is Good PR — And Good Business
The recent move by the Business Roundtable to redefine corporate priorities by emphasizing value beyond shareholder profits is the latest indicator that corporate reputation’s importance is on the rise. The statement supporting “stakeholder value” is also a good sign for public relations professionals who preach corporate responsibility or even strategic activism in U.S. corporate boardrooms. […]Read More
Why Boeing’s Reputation Radar Failed
Boeing’s PR crisis deepened this week as a fuller picture emerged of its handling of serious problems surrounding the 737 Max. With the release of audio from a tense November 2018 meeting between the American Airlines pilots’ union and Boeing executives – after the Lion Air crash but before the Ethiopian Airlines accident – the […]Read More