Eighty-five percent of Americans say they would likely support a purpose-driven company in their community, while more than two-thirds (68%) say they would want to work for that company.
The 2015 Cone Communications Millennial CSR Study reports that 82% of young millennials (aged 18-24) and 75% of mature millennials (aged 25-34) consider CSR when deciding where to work, and 62% of millennials overall are willing to take a pay cut to work for a responsible company. Beyond the millennial age group, the Cone Communications study also noted that 87% of people in the U.S. expect companies to operate responsibly to address social and environmental issues. Clearly, CSR is a hidden gem in enticing and keeping top talent.
Since the 2016 election cycle, however, it’s becoming more and more common for companies to unmistakably and unapologetically take a stand. Research statistics reflect that shift. Cause sponsorship is predicted to reach $2.14B this year and Cone Communications reported in a Corporate Social Responsibility study that 78 percent of respondents stated that they want companies to address important social justice issues and that four out of five consumers will consider switching products if they believe a brand supports a specific cause.
A 2017 study by Cone Communications revealed that nearly 8 in 10 consumers want businesses to "address important social justice issues." And "63% of Americans are hopeful businesses will take the lead to drive social and environmental change moving forward, in the absence of government regulation."
Nearly eight-in-10 (79%) Americans say they are more loyal to Purpose-driven brands than traditional brands and nearly three-quarters (73%) are more willing to defend them, according to the 2018 Cone/Porter Novelli Purpose Study. The study, examining consumer expectations and behaviors towards companies that lead with Purpose, finds that Purpose-driven brands can build stronger emotional connections with consumers that go far beyond a transactional relationship.
For the seventh year in a row, Cone, a Porter Novelli public relations and marketing agency specializing in Purpose and corporate social responsibility (CSR), will join Sustainable Brands® 2018 (SB’18) as a sponsor. Cone will help lead and facilitate four dynamic sessions taking place over the four-day conference in Vancouver, June 4-7.
Cone, a Porter Novelli public relations and marketing agency specializing in Purpose and CSR, will join the International Crisis Management Conference (ICMC), as a sponsor of the two-day event in Boston April 24-25. The conference will cover the characteristics of a crisis, a framework to manage the life cycle of a crisis and provide training for preparedness professionals.
Whitney Dailey, Vice President of Marketing/Research & Insights at Cone, a Porter Novelli public relations and marketing agency specializing in Purpose and CSR, will join Jeff Senne, Corporate Responsibility Strategy and Implementation Leader at PwC, for a fireside chat at the 4th Annual Cause Marketing Summit on April 12. The one-day event is designed for socially responsible businesspersons and nonprofit professionals aiming to develop compelling communications campaigns and increase employee engagement and retention.
Organizations of all shapes and sizes are facing a newfound imperative to effectively recruit the up-and-coming talent pool knows as Generation Z (Gen Z). Companies are quickly realizing that Gen Z (the pre-teens and teens born roughly between 1996 and 2010) constitute a rare and distinct breed of employee. This demographic has unique values, priorities, and work outlooks as compared to Millennials. The question at hand--how do organizations effectively recruit this new modern-minded worker, estimated to represent 75% of the workforce by 2030?
West Elm evidently has its ear to the wall regarding shopper soft spots. Seven in 10 consumers believe businesses are obligated to help improve issues that may not be relevant to their everyday operations, according to research by Cone Communications. More than three-quarters of Americans will shop with a brand based on its actions.
Cone, a Porter Novelli public relations and marketing agency specializing in Purpose and CSR, is pleased to announce it has once again been named to the PR News CSR A-List, which recognizes the top 10 CSR agencies in the country. Additionally, the agency took home awards for CSR Professional of the Year and Media Relations – CSR. The PR News CSR Awards celebrate the very best communicators, agencies and organizations working to make positive changes in the world.
Today, Americans expect businesses to practice corporate social responsibility. This means acting as good citizens. A Cone Communications study published in May found that the majority of Americans both buy from and boycott companies based on their stances on pressing social issues. This has become a much bigger priority for consumers in recent years.
Global public relations leader Porter Novelli (PN) announced the launch of its global Purpose Practice, specializing in purpose-driven brand strategy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), social marketing, social impact and brand communications. The launch follows Porter Novelli’s merger with Cone, a leading CSR firm, in February 2017.
We asked top social impact agency professionals to weigh in with their predictions for brand purpose initiatives in 2018. This is the first in a two-part series sharing their insights.Unsurprisingly, three of the trends focused on the importance of companies taking visible and strong stands on socio-political issues.
No one can pinpoint the exact moment that Black Friday got out of hand. Camping out in tents overnight for deals on electronics? Probably. Trampling people to get in to a Target? Definitely. And don't discount how much mobile preferences have played in this change.
It’s fascinating hearing the paths people take to work in the field of social impact. There’s always a journey. There’s always a story.
Cone Communications, a public relations and marketing agency, and its client Timberland, were recognized as a winner at this year’s Holmes Report Global SABRE Awards. The Global SABRE Awards recognize the 40 best public relations programs of the past year, from around the globe, selected from the winners of the Holmes Report SABRE regional competitions.
Whitney Dailey, Director of Marketing/Research & Insights at Cone Communications, will join the 2017 B:CIVIC Summit as the keynote presenter on November 14. The event, hosted in metro Denver at the National Western Center, is designed to serve as a catalyst for building capacity in the community with social impact champions who know that for-profit business is a powerful force for social change.
Employee engagement was on the main stage at this week’s Commit!Forum. Despite vastly different industries, both MGM Resorts International and 84 Lumber share a commitment to engaging employees as a means to attract and retain top talent.