'Businesses that value PR reap the benefits' - CIPR President

CIPR President Emma Leech Found.Chart.PR, FCIPR has welcomed research from Releasd which shows businesses leaders who have a strong understanding of public relations are more likely to say the function delivers good value ,

However the research - which surveyed 300 senior executives from large companies -  revealed over a third of execs do not have a good understanding of what the PR function does, with two out ten respondents not knowing what 'PR' stood for. 

Emma Leech Found.Chart.PR FCIPR, CIPR President
The delivery of all organsational objectives depend on strong and effective relationships, excellent communication and reputation. These are our areas of expertise and PR professionals deliver exceptional value for businesses that grasp this. It is telling that the research shows those with a strong undertanding of PR recognise the value it delivers. 

It is clear, however, that we must work harder to ensure our success is recongised by more business leaders. That is exactly what our #PRPays campaign sets out to achieve. The campaigns highlights the strategic value PR delivers for the business community through a series of exclusive video interviews with senior leaders, including the likes of Heathrow CEO, John-Holland Kaye. We use those endorsements to represent our profession and champion its benefits benefits to business leaders. We are proud of the contribution public relations makes to business and society and will work to ensure that success is increasingly recognised across senior levels of business. 
Emma Leech Found.Chart.PR FCIPR, CIPR President
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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
The CIPR is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).