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Greenpeace hijacks Coke's 'huge PR push' with alternative Christmas campaign

Greenpeace hijacks Coke's 'huge PR push' with alternative Christmas campaign

Greenpeace has launched a Christmas campaign designed to take advantage of what it describes as Coca-Cola's "huge PR push" during the festive season.

Shape History creates emotive Christmas campaign in aid of children's hospice

Shape History creates emotive Christmas campaign in aid of children's hospice

Social change agency Shape History has created an emotive Christmas campaign film in aid of children's charity hospice Shooting Star Chase.

Women's Equality Party and Now launch Equal Pay campaign

Women's Equality Party and Now launch Equal Pay campaign

The Women's Equality Party are launching a campaign to mark Equal Pay Day today, the symbolic date whereby women effectively stop being paid a salary, relative to men.

Which charities pay their PR staff the most? And what is the specialism's gender pay gap?

Which charities pay their PR staff the most? And what is the specialism's gender pay gap?

A new study from CharityComms shows that the average gender pay gap for charity marcoms professionals has widened to 14 per cent.

Five Campaigns We Liked in October: your winner revealed

Five Campaigns We Liked in October: your winner revealed

PRWeek UK picked its top PR and comms campaigns from October and nearly 600 people voted for their favourite. Find out the winner below...

Tesco Christmas campaign places turkey traditions and charity at its heart

Tesco Christmas campaign places turkey traditions and charity at its heart

Tesco has released its Christmas campaign with a family-orientated film that promotes the retailer's range of turkeys and a charitable pledge.

Scouts reviews PR and public affairs briefs held by Portland

Scouts reviews PR and public affairs briefs held by Portland

The Scout Association is reviewing its PR and public affairs briefs currently held by Portland, with retainers on both accounts worth up to £5,000 a month for the successful agency.

Marie Curie to set up Christmas tree powered by memories

Marie Curie to set up Christmas tree powered by memories

Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity, is creating a memory-powered Christmas tree.

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Former CIPR president Sarah Pinch and public affairs leader John Lehal (both pictured below) have been appointed chair and vice chair, respectively, of PR industry diversity charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

Michael Sheen helps push business with a conscience on #SocialSaturday17

Michael Sheen helps push business with a conscience on #SocialSaturday17

The actor turned activist Michael Sheen is again helping Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) shine a light on the tens of thousands of purpose-driven businesses of all types across the UK, with the trade body's annual Social Saturday taking place tomorrow (14 October).

Mental health campaigner urges PR agencies to sign up to Media Charter to promote 'responsible' discussion

Mental health campaigner urges PR agencies to sign up to Media Charter to promote 'responsible' discussion

A leading mental health campaigner has told PRWeek on World Mental Health Day that PR agencies should consider signing up to new guidelines that aim to create a more responsible and helpful public discussion around the topic.

New CEO of Healthcare Comms Association offers free membership to charities

New CEO of Healthcare Comms Association offers free membership to charities

The new chief executive of the Healthcare Communications Association is inviting charities to join the members body for free, saying the third sector plays an "essential role" in improving patient outcomes.

Cavendish beats incumbent and Grayling to five-year brief with Canal & River Trust

Cavendish beats incumbent and Grayling to five-year brief with Canal & River Trust

Cavendish Communications has won a five-year UK national public affairs brief with one of the country's largest charities, the Canal & River Trust.

Opinion and features

Five ways to fast-track graduates... for their benefit and yours

Five ways to fast-track graduates... for their benefit and yours

The PR industry is unique in the sense that it's the people who matter. The success of an agency or consultancy is almost 100 per cent dependent on the people within it.

Comms will play a critical role in gender pay gap reporting

Comms will play a critical role in gender pay gap reporting

Around 9,000 employers will have to report their gender pay gap by April next year, but while the Government guidelines thoroughly explain the reporting procedure, there is very little information about how to communicate your data.

Faking wokeness: Don't do a Dove

Faking wokeness: Don't do a Dove

A few months back I was asked to contribute to a global innovation and advisory report entitled 'Surviving Marketing Fails'.

The pervasive, pernicious and damaging impact of presenteeism in PR

The pervasive, pernicious and damaging impact of presenteeism in PR

It was 200 years ago, during the Industrial Revolution, that factory owner Robert Owen first began campaigning for improved working conditions, the lynchpin of which was the concept of the eight-hour working day.

The age of the influencer may have dawned, but does it help or hinder PR?

The age of the influencer may have dawned, but does it help or hinder PR?

When I started out in public relations, I felt like I'd snuck a peek 'behind the Wizard's curtain'.

Why I've been keeping mum about my maternity leave anxiousness

Why I've been keeping mum about my maternity leave anxiousness

When people ask me about whether I'm excited about having a baby I always respond "yes, absolutely" (well that's what they want to hear and because, of course, it is true).

Could young people be the saviours of the newspaper industry?

Could young people be the saviours of the newspaper industry?

There is real evidence that children are eager to consume factual, print media, so newspaper publishers should think more seriously about safeguarding their future readership.

So, you want my job? Press officer at the Charity Commission for England and Wales

So, you want my job? Press officer at the Charity Commission for England and Wales

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Kate Bell's job as press officer at the Charity Commission for England and Wales?

Is PR a young person's game? At just the wrong side of 35, I prefer to think not

Is PR a young person's game? At just the wrong side of 35, I prefer to think not

Is PR a youngsters' game? It's a question that plays on my mind - especially since becoming a mum.

Pitching the antidote to greed in professional sports

Pitching the antidote to greed in professional sports

Ben Miller explains how soccer star Juan Mata got the ball rolling on Common Goal, and much more.

Recent people moves

In brief: Deezer hires Good Relations, Powerscourt fits Footasylum, health hires at Hanover and Lexington

Deezer hires Good Relations, Powerscourt fits Footasylum brief, health hires at Hanover and Lexington and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Number 10 aide among new names on PRCA Council, Porta adds to board, Zest to handle war charity launch

Number 10 aide on PR Council, Juniper takes WWF advocacy role, Zest to launch war charity, Porta adds to board and more from PRWeek UK.

Hotwire brings on John Mahoney as first chief client officer

Hotwire brings on John Mahoney as first chief client officer

Mahoney was most recently a VP at SapientRazorfish.

In brief: Messem brings transport to Madano, Shaffer hired by Hornbeam, Portland gets SNP man, Boswell-Smith joins Prime Global

In brief: Messem brings transport to Madano, Shaffer hired by Hornbeam, Portland gets SNP man, Boswell-Smith joins Prime Global

Messem brings transport to Madano, Shaffer hired by Hornbeam, Portland gets SNP man, Boswell-Smith joins Prime Global and more from PRWeek UK.

Former Labour strategy chief Greg Beales takes Shelter comms and policy role

Former Labour strategy chief Greg Beales takes Shelter comms and policy role

Former Labour Party strategy chief Greg Beales has joined homeless and housing charity Shelter as director of communications, policy and campaigns.

In brief: Nobu hires Fox, Powell-Chandler joins Burson, Hope&Glory wins UNiDAYS

In brief: Nobu hires Fox, Powell-Chandler joins Burson, Hope&Glory wins UNiDAYS

Nobu hires Fox, Powell-Chandler joins Burson, Hope&Glory wins UNiDAYS (pictured) and more from PRWeek UK.

Guardian's Katie Martin to lead campaigns and public affairs at Citizens Advice

Guardian's Katie Martin to lead campaigns and public affairs at Citizens Advice

The charity Citizens Advice has appointed Katie Martin, currently of Guardian News and Media (GNM), as its new head of news, public affairs and campaigns.

Fleming leaves Labour PR team as Ovenden departs party for M&C Saatchi counter-terror role

Fleming leaves Labour PR team as Ovenden departs party for M&C Saatchi counter-terror role

Labour is losing lobby press officer Paul Ovenden, as acting head of press and broadcasting Neil Fleming moves to another role in the party.