Public relations fail

by | Sep 1, 2009


Protest

Public relations firm Edelman is very proud of its crisis management practice.  As its website says:

Companies must address parallel challenges which must be addressed head on: the actual issues or crisis situation and the potential reputational fall-out of not being perceived to handle the related problems in a timely and effective manner. Edelman’s specialist Crisis and Issues Management & Communications team is organised and equipped to ensure that both angles are covered through an integrated management and communications approach which anticipates and addresses both underlying risks and surface realities.

All the more amusing, then, that the News section of Edelman’s website makes no mention of the fact that a number of naked demonstrators from the Climate Camp are currently occupying their London office in protest at their PR campaign for a new coal power station at Kingsnorth…

Update: Edelman have been in touch to reply to this post

Author

  • Alex Evans

    Alex Evans is founder of the Collective Psychology Project, which explores how we can use psychology to reduce political tribalism and polarisation, a senior fellow at New York University, and author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? (Penguin, 2017). He is a former Campaign Director of the 50 million member global citizen’s movement Avaaz, special adviser to two UK Cabinet Ministers, climate expert in the UN Secretary-General’s office, and was Research Director for the Business Commission on Sustainable Development. He was part of Ethiopia’s delegation to the Paris climate summit and has consulted for Oxfam, WWF UK, the UK Cabinet Office and US State Department. Alex lives with his wife and two children in Yorkshire.


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