Iceland is a UK supermarket specialising in frozen food that has made a name for itself in the last few years for taking a bold stance on a wide range of ESG (environment, society, governance) issues. This week it fired its long-standing PR adviser Keith Hann for saying the Welsh language was gibberish. That's not the wisest thing for any PR professional to say, let alone one who heads up a company with its headquarters in Wales!
As I explain in this Communicate article Hann has a history of off-colour comments such as in a BBC documentary where he joked about once wanting to be a Cambridge Don so he could "shag lots of young students" and of the difficulty of convincing "hard-core Guardian-reading media conscious people in London that Iceland sells anything other than total crap." In the article I explain why I suspect there is more to his sacking than just his latest offensive remarks.
You can watch the clip from the documentary on the BBC website and also read this blog post from Welsh-born Rob Skinner, director of reputation, risk and change management at PayPal.
The PRCA has launched an initiative to fight the spread of misinformation, ahead of a bid to promote the importance of ethical communication at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). Please complete the Opinium survey to help shape the PRCA's response. Via Koray Gomez.
I'm already speaking to clients about how I can help them benefit from the COP26 taking place in Glasgow. Let me know if you'd like to talk about how you can get involved in COP26.
A new report by MIT Sloan Management Review examines how while digital transformation is happening in many companies and organisations there is one crucial element being overlooked - leaders.
This MIT report is free to download if you register, but it does remind me how inaccessible traditional academic papers can be as they are hidden behind expensive paywalls so only easily available to other academics. This has been discussed on Stephen Waddington's Lockdown Facebook group where Tony Byng shared an idea that I've used in the past.
Simply ask the author. If there is a paper I want to read I contact them and say "I don't think practitioners spend enough time learning from academics and the abstract of your paper on 'whatever' looks interesting, but unfortunately I don't have an academic subscription." You don't even need to ask them to share it.