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Despite concerted efforts by successive UK governments, businesses and organisations nationwide, gender disparity persists from the highest boardroom level, down. While progress is being made, for example the number of women on company boards has more than doubled since it was measured in 2011, companies outside the FTSE 100 are being urged to do more to ensure the UK doesn’t slip further lower down rankings for global gender parity.

On 22 November, chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the UK’s annual autumn budget. Detailing the government’s spending priorities, this year’s budget also showed a renewed government impetus on environmental issues, propelled by programmes such as the much-loved Blue Planet II. The statement recognised the need for legislation to tackle air pollution and ocean plastic, as well as extra funding for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in schools.

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Despite concerted efforts by successive UK governments, businesses and organisations nationwide, gender disparity persists from the highest boardroom level, down. While progress is being made, for example the number of women on company boards has more than doubled since it was measured in 2011, companies outside the FTSE 100 are being urged to do more to ensure the UK doesn’t slip further lower down rankings for global gender parity.
On 22 November, chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the UK’s annual autumn budget. Detailing the government’s spending priorities, this year’s budget also showed a renewed government impetus on environmental issues, propelled by programmes such as the much-loved Blue Planet II. The statement recognised the need for legislation to tackle air pollution and ocean plastic, as well as extra funding for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in schools.
Hosting its fifth annual Huddle event, global media agency, Mindshare, opened its offices earlier this month to a budding industry crowd. Yet this year’s event sought to move beyond humans, considering some of the more conceptual and visionary feats of modern technological discovery. As talks got underway, organisations such as Google, CNN and Dow Jones spoke candidly on the future of the media landscape.
There’s more to reaching a remote workforce than the latest connected technology or a spanking new intranet. Meaningful engagement will require companies to genuinely listen to what their employees want from their internal channels, and for leaders, middle managers and communication teams to work together to deliver it more effectively.
Building meaningful relationships with charities, other businesses and the communities in which companies operate is a means of developing brand awareness, improving reputation and doing good in the world. This year’s awards programme will recognise the best in relationships and reputation management through partnerships, sponsorships and CSR. Winners are chosen from 30 categories, focusing on successful collaborative working, communications and partnership development. As the 2018 awards opens for entries, its commitment to benchmarking the best in corporate engagement across Europe continues.
This year, the Metropolitan Police had more than its share of crises to handle in order to keep the city of London running safely and soundly. Its work following the Westminster Bridge terror attack, and subsequently following additional attacks, earned it the honour of the PRCA Award for ‘Crisis and issues management,’ and the ‘In-house team of the year award – public sector.’.
The 1960s was the early age of computing. To make the giant machines run, people were employed specifically to man the spools of tape that fed the primitive computers. Now, almost every job has a digital element to it and, now more than ever, demand for skilled, interested digital employees is rife in the UK.
With each year that passes, warnings about climate change become starker. Ice caps are melting, temperatures are getting warmer, and the migratory patterns of birds is changing due to the treeline shifting northwards. Now, the life of future generations is in jeopardy. Where mitigating the effects of climate change was once mostly confined to environmental charities, national governments and intergovernmental organisations, it is the turn of corporations to lead the way in developing solutions for a rapidly changing world.
Remaining one of the most comprehensive insights into the PR and communications landscape, the annual CIPR National Conference took place last week at London’s prestigious British Library. Underpinning the growing need for practitioners to share experiences across the profession, this year’s conference was brimming with a host of industry experts. Yet the conference’s key theme highlighted the capacity for PR’s evolution, brought to life over the course of the day through a range of distinguished speakers.