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FMCG and the war against plastics: do they rise and fall as one?

Published the 22 May, 2018
Ocean plastic - FMCG reputation

Plastic: the new sugar In the UK, concern around plastic pollution has grown seemingly exponentially in the last twelve months, due in part to initiatives like Sky’s Ocean Rescue, the airing of Blue Planet II and a wider European regulatory push towards banning single-use plastic products. Table 1: Discussion of Sugar and Plastics in the […]

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CEO blog: Having the courage to take a stand

Published the 09 May, 2018
CEO Activism: Risks and Opportunities of political activism

In today’s social context, the CEO is expected to take more of a visible stance on a range of societal issues. “Political Activism” is one of the most potentially divisive areas and it falls on the Corporate Affairs leader to counsel the CEO so they engage with the right issues, understand how the stance fits […]

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Communicating the Gender Pay Gap Results

Published the 25 April, 2018
Communicating the Gender Pay Gap Report Results

In April 2018, the UK government required all UK based companies employing over 250 members of staff to publish data on how much they pay their male and female employees, in order to establish whether men were paid more than women on average. Over 10,000 companies submitted their data before the deadline, though some have […]

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GDPR: An opportunity for Corporate Affairs?

Published the 13 April, 2018
GDPR: An opportunity for Corporate Affairs?

As the 25th May enforcement deadline is fast approaching, and with recent news around Facebook and other tech giants stoking concerns around consumer data protection, it is no surprise that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is appearing in headlines throughout Europe. Most industry experts share concerns that businesses across industries are not prepared. GDPR has […]

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“Getting Smart”: Smart grids and the move to DSO

Published the 05 April, 2018
UKPN - smart grid interview

Q&A with Julie Minns, Head of Customer Engagement at UK Power Networks Over the last few years the energy sector has been undergoing a huge transformation. This has been fuelled by a whole new raft of innovations and challenges: smart meters, the development of distributed energy resources (such as solar panels and electric vehicles); the […]

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Disrupting Cobalt’s Supply Chain: A Communications Opportunity for Apple

Published the 28 March, 2018
Cobalt mining and Apple

As the adoption of lithium-ion batteries in consumer electronics and electric vehicles continues to accelerate, Communications professionals are faced with a new stakeholder to manage. The big-players are now engaging directly with miners and consequently disrupting long-standing traditional supply chains. This piece examines the potential benefits these companies can leverage for their reputation and social […]

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CEO blog: Theranos – Falling for the “snake oil salesman”

Published the 21 March, 2018
Theranos scandal: Falling for the “snake oil salesman”

The ongoing fallout of Theranos is a timely reminder that in an age of fake news, clickbait and startup hype, responsibility for these incidents does not lie with the ambitious entrepreneur alone. alva’s CEO reviews this incident and argues that it is also the responsibility of the media and investors to ask the difficult questions […]

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5G: How can Telecoms best engage with consumers?

Published the 21 March, 2018
5G coverage at Mobile World Congress

In the lead-up to the Mobile World Congress, many media outlets and industry commentators touted 5G as the focal point of the event. Post-event, as well, the feeling within media was that 5G had been the darling of the showcase. While the upgrade to 5G is likely to impact both industrial and consumer stakeholders, commentators […]

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The new stakeholder landscape of digital healthcare

Published the 19 February, 2018
Digital healthcare considerations for corporate affairs and communications

As technology-enabled care becomes inevitable, pharmaceutical companies now need to redefine their relationships with external stakeholders. A key shift will be with “end-user” stakeholders, particularly with patients and, perhaps to a lesser degree, healthcare professionals (HCPs). It should be the role of the Corporate Affairs leader to understand and interpret these changing conversations, expectations and […]

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alva CEO blog: Don’t waste a Tax Reform

Published the 15 February, 2018
Don't waste the Reputational Benefits of a Tax Reform

On 20 December 2017, the US Senate approved the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than three decades, since Reagan signed major legislation for corporations and individuals in 1986. This tax reform presented the leading companies operating in the US with an opportunity to increase profits or return dividends to shareholders, […]

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