CIPR annual report 2020 'Pulling Together; supporting members through the pandemic'

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has published our 2020 Annual Report, reflecting on a year like no other; shaped by the global pandemic, focused on supporting the profession and, ultimately, showing the resilience of the public relations community.

The report - 'Pulling Together; supporting members through the pandemic' - highlights the activities and new services at the heart of our approach to support members. It outlines our extensive lobbying work on behalf of the freelance PR community and the introduction of services including the new iprovision Mental Health hotline, the Employability Support Hub, and the Progress and student mentoring schemes. It also details our flagship 'Race in PR' report on the lived experiences of black, asian, and minority ethnic practitioners working in PR, and looks at how we approached navigating our immediate future and our focus on staff wellbeing through a series of written contributions from CEO, Alastair McCapra, and other staff.

Highlights in 2020 included:

  • Over 1,800 new members 
  • 465 professionals became #CIPRqualified
  • We trained 1,500 people through our workshops
  • Over 80 members became chartered
CIPR 2020 President, Jenni Field Chart.PR, FCIPR
2020 was not a year anyone expected, planned for, or wanted. The shift in focus to support members to meet the challenges of an increased workload, of adapting to remote working, in managing their wellbeing, and in driving their professionalism drove everyone at the CIPR and I want to thank the many volunteers and all the staff for their tireless work. The response from members was testament to those efforts, brilliantly documented in this report. Although it was a very different year to what I had envisaged when planning my Presidency, it is one we can look back on with immense pride.
CIPR 2020 President, Jenni Field Chart.PR, FCIPR

The Annual Report is published alongside the Institute's Financial Report, which outlines the organisation's audited accounts and details including its gender pay gap.

  • Download both here
  • Register to attend our AGM on Tuesday 6 July here.

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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners with nearly 10,000 members.

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).