World’s largest PR professional body condemns disinformation report

Following media reports concerning alleged disinformation spread by the Eswatini Government, the Association that expelled Bell Pottinger from its membership -the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA)– has condemned the behaviour in the strongest possible terms. Having recently launched its Africa Network in March with Edelman Africa and Middle East CEO Jordan Rittenberry as its Chair, the world’s largest PR professional body is calling for stronger ethical compliance across the continent’s PR industry. PRCA Director General Francis Ingham MPRCA said: “It’s entirely unacceptable for PR professionals to act unethically and spread harmful disinformation,…

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CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance responds to EU sustainable finance strategy

The EU Commission today presented its new Sustainable Finance Package which includes plans to bring financial institutions along on its goal to create a carbon neutral continent by 2050. CISL and its finance leadership groups across banking, insurance and investment respond to the new strategy. The Sustainable Finance Package builds on the sustainable finance action plan, published in 2018. It addresses four main areas of action: financing of transition plans, addressing the needs of and creating opportunities for citizens and SMEs, instituting double materiality approach for the financial sector as well as…

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ICO publishes annual tracking research

77% of people say protecting their personal information is essential, research commissioned by the ICO has found. The survey of over 2,000 individuals monitors changes in what people think about data protection and freedom of information, and how they utilise their information rights. This has been especially important during the pandemic where the public and organisations have had to quickly adapt their daily lives and businesses. The survey, carried out by Harris Interactive, also shows levels of trust and confidence in how companies and organisations store and use personal information…

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AT&T to Support 988 Hotline to Help Combat Mental Health Crisis in America

AT&T is supporting the three-digit emergency hotline code, 988, for suicide prevention and mental health crisis services. Voice calls to 988 will be directed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) to help individuals in crisis. The United States is experiencing a crisis, and we want to be a part of the solution. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April–June of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019. In response to…

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Net Zero Asset Managers initiative announces 41 new signatories, with sector seeing ‘net zero tipping point’

41 leading asset managers, representing USD$6.8 trillion in assets, have joined the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. Among other steps, this will see the investors work with clients to reach net zero emissions alignment across their portfolios by 2050 or sooner and set interim 2030 emissions reduction targets. The additional signatories mean a total 128 investors, collectively managing $43 trillion in assets, are now part of the initiative. The asset managers joining the initiative today include Amundi, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management, Franklin Templeton, MFS Investment Management, HSBC Asset Management…

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