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WPP have just released a new sustainability plan to cut their own emissions to net zero by 2030.......

One of Oligvy's sustainability aims is: "To protect the environment whilst providing services to our clients, such as safe-guarding both eco systems & biodiversity; utilizing sustainable resources; and climate change mitigation"

HK Strategies say "Our approach is holistic and inclusive, so your consumers, employees and stakeholders are part of the process and share in creating a positive impact on people and the planet."

VMLY&R (WPP) say: Building better futures: We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, planet, clients and communities.

The F-List 2021: 90 PR and ad agencies that are working with the Fossil Fuel Industry

 

WPP: but their agencies hold dozens of contracts with major polluters that plan to increase their emissions in that same timeframe. WPP named “Increased reputational risk associated with working on environmentally detrimental client briefs and/or misrepresenting environmental claims.” as one of the principal future risks to their business.

 

You may know that Ogilvy has BP as a major client; But you may not   know that their “Keep Advancing” campaign had to be entirely scrapped after @CLientearth filed a complaint with the the UK’s Dept. for International Trade over its greenwashing content. Meanwhile OgilvyPR is repping Chevron’s @CaltexAustralia brand. While sky-darkening brushfires have become a regular occurrence in the past few years, they’re sending messages like this:

 

"CALTEX AUSTRALIA: Protecting the environment is a key priority for us. Since converting the Kurnell refinery into an import terminal we have created innovative ways to protect the environment including successful bioremediation on site. Bit.ly/2X5ldgk "

 

Netherlands Officials Tell Shell to Stop Its Ads Greenwashing ‘Carbon Neutral' Fuel (https://gizmodo.com/netherlands-officials-tell-shell-to-stop-its-ads-greenw-1847613583)

 

@HKStrategies  has done PR for many of the biggest polluters blocking climnate action including: Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, The Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, America’s Natural Gas Alliance. None of these clients have plans to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement

 

@VMLYR has had Chevron as a global client since 1987, working from Australia to Pakistan to Singapore to the US (and beyond). Chevron has become one of the world’s biggest polluters, and they don't have plans to change in the next 34 years.

 

 

For the full list have a look here: 

https://twitter.com/cleancreatives/status/1440331199688237059

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Edelman, one of the largest public relations firms in the world, has pledged never to work with climate deniers and proudly touts its work on environmental justice campaigns with brands like Tazo Tea.  

 

“Right now the only categorical exclusion we have is on climate denial and coal,” Michael Stewart, then a top Edelman executive, told the Guardian in 2015. “When you are trying in some way to obfuscate the truth or use misinformation and half-truths that is what we would consider getting into the work of greenwashing, and that is something we would never propose or work we would support our client doing.”

 

But newly released tax filings obtained by BuzzFeed News show that in 2019 the company accepted more than $4 million from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, a major US oil trade organization that even Shell and BP had recently dumped for its aggressive opposition to popular climate solutions.

 

AFPM, a trade group that pulled in more than $55 million in revenue in 2019 alone, has aggressively opposed climate action and provided funding to the Heartland Institute, a climate denial group. AFPM has paid Edelman at least $12 million for public relations work from 2017 to 2019, tax filings show.

AFPM has taken some of the most extreme positions among fossil fuel trade groups, including helping create Energy4Us, a group that ran Facebook ads supporting the Trump administration’s rollbacks of national fuel efficiency standards without initially disclosing its ties to the oil and gas industry. The trade group also helped fund a campaign opposing a carbon tax in Washington state.  

paid millions by Fossil Fuel Group on BuzzFeedNews

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