CIPR respond to proposed corporate governance principles

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has welcomed new corporate governance principles proposed by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in a consultation response published today. The ‘Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies’ seek to restore public trust and confidence by following six principles to inform and develop businesses in reporting corporate governance practices. The CIPR response highlights the role public relations has in delivering the principles, whilst arguing two of the six – ‘purpose’ and ‘composition’ – go further in safeguarding companies against ethical and corporate failure. Sarah Hall Chart.PR,…

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Taylor Bennett Foundation launches new programme in Scotland

A charity set up to tackle the lack of ethnic diversity in the communications industry is to launch its first graduate training programme in Scotland. The Taylor Bennett Foundation (TBF), which works with PR agencies and in-house communications teams to provide intensive training for black and minority ethnic (BAME) graduates, will launch its first programme outside London in early June, providing training for four graduates over five weeks.  Lead sponsors of the programme are Standard Life Aberdeen and strategic communications consultancy Charlotte Street Partners. The programme is being provided in…

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CIPR President heralds PR’s ‘social purpose’ as Institute celebrates 70th anniversary

Public relations professionals from across the UK gathered at St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street, London today for a special service to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). The ceremony, attended by 150 PR professionals, took place at the site of the Institute’s founding in 1948 and featured readings from senior industry figures including Lord Black of Brentwood Hon FCIPR. CIPR President Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR led the celebrations by sharing a record of the Institute of Public Relations’ first meeting. “The formation of an association…

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CIPR Welcomes Commitment to Tackle ‘Fake News’

The establishment of a National Security Communications Unit to tackle the threat of “fake news” spread by hostile state actors is a welcome step by Government, says the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. However, the roots and causes of ‘fake news’ are complex and the new unit must protect free speech as well as defend our democracy. In a comment in PR Week, the Head of Government Communications also promised a new unit within the Cabinet Office to tackle “disinformation and reclaim a fact-based public debate.”  Stuart Bruce FCIPR, Chair…

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CIPR Condemns Celebrities Faking Popularity

Following reports last weekend in the US media and in The Times, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) condemned the dishonest and deliberately misleading practice of buying social media support. According to the reports celebrities including Paul Hollywood, Baroness Lane-Fox and James Cracknell have purchased ‘followers’ in order to boost their social media presence and fake their perceived popularity. According to the reports, Devumi – the company who were selling the followers – also appear to have engaged in widespread identity theft to create thousands of fake social media profiles…

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