ESG Reporting: A Virtuous Cycle

“Investor interest in aligning capital is really a means to an end, and that end is sustainable development.” – Tim Mohin I recently sat down with long-time acquaintance, Tim Mohin, CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and author of…

Three Ways to Influence What World We Leave Behind

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. - An ancient Native American proverb This adage hung on my wall at home as a teenager, a decade…

I’ve Taken the Pledge to Stop Saying “Non-Financial”: 4 Learnings from the GRI Reporters’ Summit

Companies that want to be successful in the long term must get comfortable with the uncomfortable. That was a key theme in FleishmanHillard’s recent Navigating Zero Gravity report. And it was reinforced throughout the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Reporters’ Summit North America on February 25, where sustainability-minded professionals converged on Tempe, Ariz., to get updates on the use of the GRI Standards, hear and…

Employee Appreciation Day? You’re Better Off Making it the Way You Do Business

Today like never before, talent is at a premium. U.S. unemployment rates are reaching record lows, creating one of the most competitive labor markets in memory. Employers face significant challenges attracting – and keeping – a diverse talent base as workers have more options and higher standards now than any time in recent history. Beyond…

Data Privacy is a Fickle Beast

The bargain most of us agree to when we decide to use almost any online service is one of the internet’s oldest. The promise of “free” services that help us connect with friends, curate our music library or navigate a…

No Guts, No Thank You

There is no time more telling about the health of a company’s values then when an issue or crisis lands at the door. Whether a product fail, an executive misconduct, or a service break down – it’s surprising how many…

The Increasing Importance of Accountability and Expectation Setting

While I am passionate about accountability and expectation setting, I haven’t always understood them.  Once, when I was young, I was supposed to be watching my brother, but instead, I was on the phone for an hour talking to my…

Five Steps to Finding a Footing in Zero Gravity

FleishmanHillard recently released research on the growing expectation that businesses engage in societal issues. We called it Navigating Zero Gravity because of the challenges associated with taking a stand when there’s seemingly no solid ground. The findings describe a new…

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Customers to Corporations: Handle My Data With Care, or Else…

There’s a fatalistic phrase I hear a lot that goes, “it’s not a question of if your organization is breached, but when.” With the volume of breaches and data security-related incidents in the news on an almost daily basis, you can understand why one might feel that way.…

With Millennials, Your Company’s Response to Issues Makes Every Day Election Day for Your Brand

At no time more than this U.S. midterm election week has it been so apparent that we are living in divisive times. Myriad events in recent months have focused the world’s attention on an array of issues, exposing the raw,…

The Authentic CEO

The pressure on CEOs has never been greater. No more is it enough to be cheerleader-in-chief for the company’s stock, visionary to its people, or strategist and coach to the leadership team. New research by FleishmanHillard finds that we expect chief…

Listen to Outrage

It’s hard to listen — to really hear people — when they’re angry … and yet, it is so important to the work we do. It’s hard to pinpoint the issues and be reasonable when it seems the people on…

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Navigating Zero Gravity

How do companies speak out on issues, but not alienate their customers and employees? Explaining the motive matters. You may not call it “zero gravity,” but you likely know what it feels like. Zero gravity is a place a lot…