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Half of corporate affairs directors surveyed said they had responsibility for ESG (Image: Thithawat_s via Getty)

Nine in 10 FTSE 100 firms employ ESG or sustainability chief

Ninety per cent of the UK’s largest firms now employ a head of ESG or sustainability, whereas very few had the equivalent only four years ago, according to a new report.

News & analysis

Virgin Atlantic issues RFI for global PR brief

Virgin Atlantic issues RFI for global PR brief

Virgin Atlantic has issued an RFI for a retained PR agency to represent it globally and promote its ‘business for good’ positioning in the market, PRWeek has learned.

FTI’s Deane calls for BBC to be scrapped and trashes UK climate change efforts in boozy GB News appearance

FTI’s Deane calls for BBC to be scrapped and trashes UK climate change efforts in boozy GB News appearance

Alex Deane, a senior managing director and head of public affairs at FTI Consulting, has called for the BBC to be scrapped and trashed the UK’s efforts to curb climate change in the run-up to the COP26 summit, while in conversation with Nigel Farage on the former Brexit Party leader's GB News talk show.

The In-house Elites: 'It’s not every day you get to build a FTSE 100 press office’

The In-house Elites: 'It’s not every day you get to build a FTSE 100 press office’

Jamie Dunkley has built wealth-management firm St James’s Place’s external comms function from almost a standing start, driving change and earning trusted adviser status along the way.

Former Disney EMEA comms chief joins Techstars

Former Disney EMEA comms chief joins Techstars

Start-up 'accelerator' firm Techstars has appointed Matthew Grossman, industry veteran and most recently a senior comms figure at The Walt Disney Company, to the new role of chief brand and communications officer.

Digital bank Zopa hires first corporate comms director ahead of planned IPO

Digital bank Zopa hires first corporate comms director ahead of planned IPO

UK digital bank Zopa, billed as the world’s first peer-to-peer lender, has named Lucas Germanos as its first director of corporate communications as it targets a stock market flotation.

Electric vehicle charging app Bonnet hires agency

Electric vehicle charging app Bonnet hires agency

The PHA Group has been appointed by electric vehicle charging platform Bonnet to provide PR support with a blended corporate and consumer team.

Opinion & features

COP26 is the easy bit for corporate and public affairs teams

COP26 is the easy bit for corporate and public affairs teams

As preparations get underway for the biggest diplomatic meeting on UK soil since World War II, corporate affairs and comms teams need to adapt their strategy to demonstrate what business is actually doing to tackle climate change.

The ‘COP Flop’ for agencies: What is it and how can you avoid it?

The ‘COP Flop’ for agencies: What is it and how can you avoid it?

Do you want to unlock stronger, harder, longer-lasting ideas that prove how powerful your brand purpose really is, but fear it was only developed halfway through 2020, while considering pivots into knitting kits and shunning your Aunt Aggie who panic-bought all the loo roll?

City and corporate: Move out of crisis mode and regain control by war gaming

City and corporate: Move out of crisis mode and regain control by war gaming

Amid ongoing uncertainty, the best way forward is to make assumptions about tomorrow based on what we know today

Abrdn’s rebrand ditches the vowels and branding best practice

Abrdn’s rebrand ditches the vowels and branding best practice

The investment company will be hoping its new identity doesn't prove to be a burden to the brand.

Cameron has botched crisis comms basics in Greensill scandal

Cameron has botched crisis comms basics in Greensill scandal

Given his previous role as director of corporate affairs for Carlton, now part of ITV, you would be forgiven for thinking that David Cameron would be well equipped to handle his own personal PR crisis.

Top & Flop of the Week: Waitrose plastic pledge, Goldman Sachs 'extra mile' misstep

Top & Flop of the Week: Waitrose plastic pledge, Goldman Sachs 'extra mile' misstep

PRWeek shines a light on major brand and corporate successes and failures of the past week.