Public Affairs

Governments play an increasingly powerful role in the global economy, and organizations cannot remain indifferent to their reputation with policymakers. FleishmanHillard’s public affairs specialists offer the expertise of a dedicated team of policy experts, backed by the firm’s global communications network. Our people come from a wide range of disciplines that work in and around governments, including former senior government officials, journalists, campaign pros, corporate officials and staff of nongovernmental organizations. The team provides in-depth analysis of policy and political issues, builds reputations with government audiences and advocates on behalf of issues, anywhere across the globe.

What We Do

Policy Analysis & Advocacy

Whether it’s a global issue or a policy matter confined to a single country, FleishmanHillard helps organizations successfully advocate policies that match their business goals. And while each government is unique, our worldwide team brings a deep understanding of the processes and policies that are critical to a campaign’s success.

Media Relations

Journalists who cover government and politics are smart and sophisticated — and require senior level outreach. Backed by a global communications network, our public affairs team dedicates senior counselors to media outreach, dealing with the top-tier media throughout the world and working with reporters on the complex issues facing organizations every day.

Lobbying (Legislative & Regulatory)

In addition to a presence in nearly every major capital in the world, our team features professionals who have worked in government in their respective countries. This equips them with a deep understanding of the local government’s processes and policies to reach your audience.

Grassroots Mobilization

There is nothing more powerful in the policy advocacy realm than authentic voices from people who have a stake in the outcome of a policy debate. FleishmanHillard helps mobilize that support at all levels of government, both through in-house capabilities, a network of affiliates and strategic allies skilled at generating grassroots activity.

Coalition Development

With connections to diverse organizations throughout the world, our vast global network of contacts means we are building relationships with organizations that can be turned into advocates for your cause.

Cybersecurity

Representing category leaders in the cybersecurity market, FleishmanHillard has deep experience in cybersecurity communications services, including positioning campaigns, crisis response for breaches and data loss incidents, and employee and stakeholder engagement programs.

B2G

When it comes to selling products and services to the public sector, FleishmanHillard can provide a fully integrated campaign. This includes media and government relations, social media and digital communications, and third-party and grassroots engagements to help strengthen your business efforts — and results.

Global China Practice

China’s current role in the global economy is a megatrend that will drive significant adjustments, both inside and outside of the country. Our Global China team understands that managing relationships across foreign cultures is a key factor in global success for China’s enterprises. Find out more.


Public Affairs
  • FDA’s New Proposed ‘Nutrition Facts’ Will Change the Way We Look at Food

    Sarah Levy

    On Thursday, February 27, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated a comment and rulemaking process to overhaul the Nutrition Facts Panel, the nutrition and ingredient label required on most packaged foods and beverages. The proposed changes are 10 years in the making, beginning in 2003 in response to the Obesity Working Group’s directive to…

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    Congressional Retirements Will Change U.S. Healthcare Policy

    Richard Sorian

    Waxman Retirement Signals the End of an Era More than 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced plans to retire at the end of the current term with many citing the gridlock and hyper-partisanship of recent years as a primary reason. While a dozen or so are leaving to run for higher…

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    UK and China: A Partnership for Growth?

    Nick Williams

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has led the UK’s largest trade mission to China in December which has been heralded as an attempt to link Britain to the fast growing China market through both trade opportunities into China and in terms of Chinese investment into the UK. David Cameron has taken a lead amongst world…

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  • Big Data Can Help Us Understand the ‘New’ Consumer

    Li Hong

    In today’s fiercely competitive world, products or services are facing one common problem, the old ways of segmenting consumers along broad socio-demographic and class based lines, has ceased to aptly describe the modern consumer, especially in terms of their ‘real-time’ relationship with a brand. Why? Because Digital technology and ‘Big’ data are changing the way…

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    An audible sigh of relief as Ireland affirms the Lisbon Treaty by 2:1 at the second time of asking – but Lisbon not a done deal just yet as attention moves to Poland and the Czech Republic

    Mark Mortell

    The Irish electorate's resounding “Yes” to the Lisbon Treaty this weekend (67.1% Yes, 32.9% No) has been welcomed by political leaders throughout the European Union and by European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso. This time round Irish voters supported the Treaty, although some protagonists have been critical that the question was put to the people…

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    Lisbon – The Plot Thickens

    Mark Mortell

    The campaign for Lisbon ii is now well and truly on. Activity has hotted up in the last week as the protagonists on both the ‘Yes' and ‘No' sides focus on the prize. Posters, media attention and personalities are emerging and while the serious side of the campaign has so far been dominated by claims…

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  • The second Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty: same text, different context.

    Mark Mortell

    Déjà vu, some would say. Different season, same reason. On June 13th 2008, in keeping with our constitutional obligations, the Irish people were asked to go to the polls to ratify the Lisbon Treaty by means of a referendum, rather than via parliamentary debate. ‘Lisbon' is a treaty consisting of amendments to the two main…

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    The Curtain Goes Up for Japanese Election Drama

    Akihiro Nojiri

    In our previous post about the Japanese general elections we spoke of the theatrics of this year's ballot. Well the show has officially begun, the campaigning period starting this very day, August 18th. With a variety of restrictions on the use of media and promotional materials, including online tools such as Twitter, candidates and party…

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    Chinese Food Safety Law Sets High Bar for Food Companies and Communications Professionals

    Li Hong

    The Food Safety Law of China is scheduled to go into effect on June 1, 2009. For the first time in Chinese legal history, the new Law specifically states that food companies are the first party of responsibility in the food safety chain, unequivocally stipulating that strict compliance with the law is the top priority…

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  • Clear Takeover Rules Are in China's Interest, Too

    Li Hong

    Li Hong and Yougeng Sun of FH Beijing offer this analysis on Coca-Cola's attempt to take over a leading Chinese company and the Chinese government's response. China's rejection, on competition grounds, of Coca-Cola's proposed $2.4bn takeover of China's leading juice maker, China Huiyuan Juice Group, has generated considerable and yet understandable concerns abroad. Huiyuan Juice…

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    Narrow Focus on Chinese Economy Neglects Other Issues

    Li Hong

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    Changes in Media - And in The Practice of Communications

    Li Hong

    Li Hong, Senior Partner and President of Fleishman-Hillard, China, offers his views on the changing media environment in Asia and around the world, and how communications professionals are adjusting to those changes. If there were one single defining word to describe what the communication consulting industry experienced the most over the past 10 years, it…

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  • Risks and Opportunities Are Structural in Nature

    Li Hong

    Li Hong, Senior Partner and President of Fleishman-Hillard China, offers his views on managing corporate reputation within the Chinese environment What are the risks and crises a company faces in its daily operations? How a company prevents and manages the risks and crises determines its viability and relevance in the fast-moving world of business. In…

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    Biden's Journey to the White House

    Robert Hoopes

    When I was 19 and a JR in college I loaded up my grandmother's Chevy citation and went to work in Manchester New Hampshire for my home-state senator Joe Biden. His sons were schoolmates of mine since middle school and his Chief of staff an old family friend. It was the natural place to start…

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    So You're Not a Fan of the President...

    Dan Baxter

    Like most people I speak with these days, I'm not a huge fan of President Bush. Whatever you think of his policy choices (and I don't think much), to me it is the completely incompetent communication surrounding his administration that rankles the most. However, in the same way that a crisis in the evening seems…

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  • Does Brussels Matter?

    Dan Baxter

    We here at FH Brussels spend a lot of time answering - and occassionally asking - this question. Those familiar with our work may well be tired of us banging on about how 80% of the legislation in Europe is made here, how the EU represents the biggest consumer market in the world, etc. So…

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    Nanotech, Risks, and Benefits (in That Order)

    James Stevens

    Nanotech certainly seems to stoke the fire of a few of us in our Brussels office. Not only did we convince Dave to write in his blog about it but our Brussels colleague Emily Rees has drafted this reflective piece on the tensions at play in Brussels on the subject. (see pdf attachment). The piece…

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    Beautiful Politicians?

    James Stevens

    An article in the Economist this week, which can't have been that good as I can not remember much about it, spent some time discussing politicians and whether being beautiful counted towards electoral success. At an EU level, we certainly have our fair share of old, greyhaired men; some of whom could never claim to…

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  • Brussels: Officially the Centre of the Regulatory Universe, Say US Academics

    James Stevens

    Brussels may be constantly grey and therefore not an appealing holiday destination, but apparently its dark regulatory clouds cast a rather large shadow for global business. Living in our own hermetically sealed European Union (EU) bubble, the Brussels PA team have long overplayed our own importance. So its fitting that my first venture into blogging…

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Most Recent

  • FDA’s New Proposed ‘Nutrition Facts’ Will Change the Way We Look at Food

  • Congressional Retirements Will Change U.S. Healthcare Policy

  • UK and China: A Partnership for Growth?

  • Big Data Can Help Us Understand the ‘New’ Consumer

  • An audible sigh of relief as Ireland affirms the Lisbon Treaty by 2:1 at the second time of asking – but Lisbon not a done deal just yet as attention moves to Poland and the Czech Republic

  • Lisbon – The Plot Thickens

  • The second Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty: same text, different context.

  • The Curtain Goes Up for Japanese Election Drama

  • Chinese Food Safety Law Sets High Bar for Food Companies and Communications Professionals

  • Clear Takeover Rules Are in China's Interest, Too

  • Narrow Focus on Chinese Economy Neglects Other Issues

  • Changes in Media - And in The Practice of Communications

  • Risks and Opportunities Are Structural in Nature

  • Biden's Journey to the White House

  • So You're Not a Fan of the President...

  • Does Brussels Matter?

  • Nanotech, Risks, and Benefits (in That Order)

  • Beautiful Politicians?

  • Brussels: Officially the Centre of the Regulatory Universe, Say US Academics

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Client AT&T

The It Can Wait journey began in 2010 to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving, with awareness again being a key focal point in 2011.…

Client Embassy of Turkey in Washington

The Turkish Embassy to the United States engaged FleishmanHillard to help enhance and clarify Turkey’s foreign policy objectives and actions with U.S. policy leaders and to…

Client AT&T

On Sept. 21, 2012, only two days after AT&T officially launched “No Text on Board Pledge Day,” the number of people making a commitment to never…