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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 a dedicated team of experts in politics and policy, 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...

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 a dedicated team of experts in politics and policy, 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, and corporate and NGO veterans. The team provides in-depth analysis of policy and political issues, builds reputations with government audiences, and advocates on behalf of issues – in the world’s leading capitals and anywhere else.

What We Do

Policy Analysis & Advocacy

Whether it’s a global issue or a policy matter confined to a single country, we can help 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.

Government Relations (Legislative and Regulatory)

Our team features professionals who have worked in government in their respective countries. This equips them with a deep understanding of how to navigate the political, legislative and regulatory environment in nearly every major capital around the world..

Coalition Development

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

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.


When it comes to selling products and services to the public sector, our team understands the fully integrated efforts that get through. This includes media and government relations, social media and digital communications, and third-party and grassroots engagements to help strengthen your business efforts.

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.

Who We Are

Public Affairs
  • The 2016 Election’s Top 5 FAQs from Europe

    Kris Balderston

    October 26, 2016

    Kris Balderston As a self-described political junkie and active participant in every U.S. presidential campaign since 1988, I feel its fair to claim there simply hasn’t been a contest – ever – quite like the Election of 2016. During mid-October, I had the opportunity to travel and talk with many of my FleishmanHillard colleagues and clients in...

  • Cross-Sector Collaboration Key to Sustainable Development

    Kris Balderston

    July 27, 2016

    Kris Balderston It has been almost a year since the United Nations (UN), its member states and millions of citizens around the world came together to reach an agreement on the world’s “to-do list” for the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the global goals, were adopted at the United Nations Sustainable...

  • Brexit Conversation Elucidates Path Forward

    Kris Balderston

    June 29, 2016

    Kris Balderston British voters sent shockwaves throughout the world on Thursday, voting to begin the process to leave the European Union. Governments, businesses, and even everyday citizens are grappling with the unexpected reality of Brexit, a decision as momentous as it was surprising. To help affected clients anticipate the short-term and long-term effects of Brexit, the FleishmanHillard...

  • Do Good, Do Well: Multi-Sector Alliances for Global Problem Solving

    Kris Balderston

    June 15, 2016

    Kris Balderston Since I have started at FleishmanHillard, I have always viewed the organization as a global problem-solving platform. With its deep global network and diverse portfolio of clients—including NGOs, foundations, corporations and governments, FleishmanHillard has been able to convene clients to “do good and do well.” In the Washington, D.C. office, our team has strived to...

  • Grabbing (or Avoiding) the Election Spotlight

    Kris Balderston

    February 18, 2016

    Kris Balderston Who determines what issues are become front and center in presidential campaigns? Why are certain topics suddenly gaining considerable air time in the 2016 campaign? Who shapes the debate? Last week, Sara Fagen, Partner at our sister firm DDC Advocacy, and I had a chance to draw from our political campaign experiences in a discussion...

  • The Holmes Report's Global PR Summit 2015: True Shared Value & CSR

    Cara Knox

    October 28, 2015

    Cara Knox True. It defines FleishmanHillard and our commitment as public relations professionals to serve our clients with the highest level of integrity. And for the past three days, FleishmanHillard, along with leading global communications agencies, have explored “Culture and Character: The Keys to Authentic Brand-Building” as a sponsor of the fourth-annual Global PR Summit, hosted by...

  • An Island of Opportunity: What the evolving U.S-Cuba relationship means for U.S. Businesses

    Kris Balderston

    October 6, 2015

    Kris Balderston The evolving bilateral relationship between the Cuba and the United States is setting the stage for Cuba’s economic development, as the Obama administration is incrementally allowing U.S. businesses access to the Cuban market. Therefore, companies looking to approach and engage with Cuba in the immediate and long term should understand how both the forces shape...

  • Post-2015 Development Agenda: Opening a New World of Opportunities for Business

    Kris Balderston

    May 28, 2015

    Kris Balderston This year, the UN, its member states and partners will set the economic, social and environmental agenda for the next 15 years. On May 22nd, FleishmanHillard’s Washington, DC office, together with the United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, convened a cross-sectoral group of business and not-for-profit leaders to explore...

  • Sifting Through Digital Noise to Make Your Campaign Heard

    Amanda Allison

    May 14, 2015

    Amanda Allison FleishmanHillard/Digital Diplomacy Coalition Event Lays Out Rules for Engagement, Measurement and Action Last week, The Embassy of Sweden (@SwedeninUSA) (or House of Sweden, as it’s officially branded - complete with an IKEA green room) was abuzz with some of the Washington diplomatic community’s most prolific digital strategists for the latest Digital Diplomacy Coalition event (@digidiplomats)....

  • The New, New Healthcare Law

    Richard Sorian

    March 27, 2015

    Richard Sorian Like the homeowner who winds up tripling his remodeling budget by telling the contractor “While you’re at it, can you ..." Congress is wrapping up what might be the most significant healthcare bill since the Affordable Care Act of 2010. What started out as a bill to fix a broken Medicare payment system for doctors...

  • Good News for Doctors and Children!

    Richard Sorian

    March 19, 2015

    Richard Sorian Congress is poised to do something remarkable. Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate are ready to enact legislation putting an end to an 18-year odyssey that alienated millions of physicians and created a continual environment of uncertainty for both practitioners and a vulnerable patient population. At the same time, they plan to extend...

  • Taking the Pulse: Obamacare Round Two

    Richard Sorian

    November 11, 2014

    Richard Sorian Hard to believe it’s time for the second year of full implementation of the Affordable Care Act —aka Obamacare. On November 15, the health insurance marketplaces reopen for business for Americans to shop for private health insurance. Proponents are hoping this year will look nothing like last year’s debacle. The Obama Administration, worried about setting...

  • Taking the Pulse: What Will the New Congress Prescribe on Healthcare Policy?

    Richard Sorian

    November 6, 2014

    Richard Sorian Now that the 2014 elections are more or less over (ah, runoffs…) it’s time to consider their impact. Republicans made strong gains in both houses of Congress, cementing their already strong majority in the House and retaking control of  the Senate in resounding fashion.  Republicans also made gains at the state level and held off...

  • Congressional Retirements Will Change U.S. Healthcare Policy

    Richard Sorian

    January 31, 2014

    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...

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

    Mr. Li Hong

    May 20, 2013

    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...

  • 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

    October 5, 2009

    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...

  • Lisbon – The Plot Thickens

    Mark Mortell

    September 15, 2009

    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...

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

    Mark Mortell

    September 4, 2009

    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...

  • The Curtain Goes Up for Japanese Election Drama

    Akihiro Nojiri

    August 18, 2009

    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...

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

    Mr. Li Hong

    May 26, 2009

    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...

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

    Mr. Li Hong

    March 24, 2009

    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...

  • Narrow Focus on Chinese Economy Neglects Other Issues

    Mr. Li Hong

    March 17, 2009

    Li Hong st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Li Hong and Yougeng Sun of FH Beijing offer this analysis of how the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are responding to economic crisis...

  • Changes in Media - And in The Practice of Communications

    Mr. Li Hong

    March 17, 2009

    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...

  • Risks and Opportunities Are Structural in Nature

    Mr. Li Hong

    March 4, 2009

    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...

  • Biden's Journey to the White House

    Robert Hoopes

    August 26, 2008

    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...

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

    Dan Baxter

    August 7, 2007

    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...

  • Does Brussels Matter?

    Dan Baxter

    August 7, 2007

    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...

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

    James Stevens

    February 28, 2007

    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...

  • Beautiful Politicians?

    James Stevens

    January 31, 2007

    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...

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

    James Stevens

    November 30, 1999

    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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