CIPR joins coalition of member organisations in response to Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has joined with the 60 other member organisations of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communications Management, representing 320,000 members worldwide, in issuing a statement on the conflict in Ukraine. The CIPR CEO, Alastair McCapra, has also warned members of undertaking work that supports Russian entities on the sanctions list.

Statement issued by the Executive Board of Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management:

The leadership of the Global Alliance for Public Relations & Communication Management has witnessed with growing horror over recent days as the Russian invasion of Ukraine has continued with mounting loss of human life and a growing humanitarian crisis as hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes. 

We share the revulsion felt globally at the actions of Russia towards a neighbouring country. We support all efforts to bring about a peaceful outcome and know that an immediate cessation of violence is the best way to provide the space needed to achieve a negotiated settlement underpinned by respect for international law. 

As part of the wider effort to generate economic pressure on the aggressors, we encourage all public relations and communication professionals – wherever they are based - to carefully consider the ethical aspect of continuing to represent clients who are aligned with the Russian authorities or who are equivocal in condemning the current military action. 

We also note with considerable concern how disinformation has been used as a weapon in this escalating crisis. This underlines very starkly the importance of media literacy and relying on trusted, independent and verified information sources. It also reminds us forcefully of the life and death consequences that can follow spurious claims being spread unchecked through social media and other channels. In addition, we have seen State-controlled media in Russia used to minimise the impact and scale of the invasion in an attempt to influence public opinion in that country. 

Above all, our thoughts at this time are with the people of Ukraine - and indeed with the many ordinary Russians who do not support their government’s attack on Ukraine, some of who have been detained for protesting. While not in the firing line, they too are victims of this invasion and it is they who will live with many of the consequences. 

We wish safe passage to all of our media colleagues covering this war and also stand in support of the public relations and communication professionals working with aid agencies and non-governmental organisations that are doing Trojan work in response to the worsening situation. 

In recognition of this, we are making a donation to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. 

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive

We are proud to add our voice to the international collective of public relations membership bodies in declaring our condemnation of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. We remind our members that in the UK and other jurisdictions, sanctions against Russian entities have legal force and members must ensure that they are not directly or indirectly undertaking work that supports them.

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
  • Visit this page for guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime relating to Russia.
  • The CIPR issued our own statement on Monday on the importance of ethical communications related to the conflict.

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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).