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October 27, 2023
Sanctions update: What UK and EU Updates Mean for Global Companies

Sanctions update: What UK and EU Updates Mean for Global Companies

Many companies have deficiencies in their sanctions risk management and customer due diligence processes, according to a survey by the UK’s financial regulator. The EU has also published new expectations about companies’ third party due diligence for risks related to sanctions, particularly for companies operating in Russia and Belarus. In this blog, we look at these latest developments in global sanctions...

October 25, 2023
How Should Global Companies Prepare for the EU's Human Rights Directive?

How Should Global Companies Prepare for the EU's Human Rights Directive?

The EU’s proposed new Directive would mandate large companies in the EU or doing business there to implement strict new due diligence obligations. The regulation is now close to being finalized, which would start the clock ticking for individual countries to change their laws. We analyze what companies should expect from the Directive, as well as the wider trend towards global human rights due diligence regulations...

October 24, 2023
Employee Retention Strategies for Nonprofits During Giving Season

Employee Retention Strategies for Nonprofits During Giving Season

Many people get started in nonprofits because they are very passionate about the cause. This means that the work is incredibly meaningful and can be very fulfilling. However, with funding and staffing limitations, the nonstop list of tasks, and passion for the cause, the sector sees a high rate of employee burn out. And of course, that issue becomes even larger during stressful periods like “Giving Season.”...

October 22, 2023
Gaining Executive Support for ESG Communication Initiatives

Gaining Executive Support for ESG Communication Initiatives

While environmental social governance (ESG) initiatives are increasingly becoming standard corporate practice, some organizations are still hesitant to invest the time and capital required to pursue a comprehensive program. In fact, sometimes securing internal buy-in can be the most challenging part of the process. Convincing key decision makers of the value of ESG can seem daunting. To help you overcome these internal...

October 18, 2023
Tell the Story Behind The Numbers for Better Media Monitoring

Tell the Story Behind The Numbers for Better Media Monitoring

Numbers are a great asset to any piece of communication because they lend validity to your claims. By their nature, numbers and data are straightforward. One is always one; two is always two. One plus two is always three. Right? Well… that depends. As with the written or spoken word, data can be interpreted differently by different people. Without context, insight, proper analysis and/or deconstruction into what...

October 16, 2023
How Competitive Intelligence Has Changed in the Digital Age

How Competitive Intelligence Has Changed in the Digital Age

Competitive Intelligence (CI) is pivotal to business strategy. Knowing what other companies are up to—whether that means investigating their wins or avoiding their losses—is the best way to remain at the top of any industry. With a constantly evolving world, it’s more important than ever to use CI. While businesses have implemented CI data into their strategies for ages, the old ways simply aren’t...

October 11, 2023
Keep Up With Supply Chain Intelligence to Mitigate Disruption

Keep Up With Supply Chain Intelligence to Mitigate Disruption

Recent years have been characterized by supply chain disruption–from Covid-19 to the Suez blockage to the invasion of Ukraine. Moreover, companies who fail to identify and manage illegal or unethical activity in their supply chain face increasing regulatory, reputational, financial, and strategic risks. In this blog, we look at some of these risks, and show how smart use of data and technology can give companies...

October 04, 2023
How to Leverage Social Media Stats For Better Sports PR Campaigns

How to Leverage Social Media Stats For Better Sports PR Campaigns

Social media statistics are one of the most underrated areas of insight when it comes to marketing and public relations. Because this medium is one of the easiest ways to interact with fan bases, it holds countless pieces of information that can be used across a business to help understand audiences. When it comes to public relations for sports teams, social media is extra helpful. Tracking fan sentiment, user-generated...

September 27, 2023
How to Improve Your Media Monitoring Management

How to Improve Your Media Monitoring Management

Media monitoring is the key to seeing the clearest picture of how your company is functioning. Yet, it can feel like a monumental task to manage all the available information, while also making sure your data is current, comprehensive, and correct. The more you can discover about which data is most integral for your company to thrive, the more you can refine your needs, filter out unimportant data, and create a long-term...

September 21, 2023
How to Use Metadata in Media Monitoring

How to Use Metadata in Media Monitoring

All modern-day businesses interface with metadata, whether they know it or not. Any time a company engages with digital information, they have engaged with metadata. But, what exactly is metadata? And, wouldn’t it be more useful if you could readily identify it, understand its specific strengths and then use it to its greatest extent in your media monitoring? From internal documents to public social media content...

September 18, 2023
The Cost of Low-Quality Data for Decision Intelligence

The Cost of Low-Quality Data for Decision Intelligence

In the quest to achieve unrivaled business growth, organizations show increasing interest in Decision Intelligence (DI) . Whether you use DI to augment, recommend, or automate decisions, the effectiveness of your DI endeavors heavily depends on the quality of data that powers it. As financial services and global businesses alike expand the use of DI, weeding out poor quality—within both internal and alternative...

September 11, 2023
Decision Intelligence: What Is It and Why Alternative Data Makes a Difference

Decision Intelligence: What Is It and Why Alternative Data Makes a Difference

In today’s fast-paced world, the ability to make highly informed decisions in a timely manner can be the difference between the success or failure of your business. Particularly during times of uncertainty or market volatility, doubt can hold organizations back. And data overload can contribute to this doubt. So how do businesses ensure they do not fall behind the competition or consumer values? Increasingly,...

August 31, 2023
Performance Metrics That Matter for Public Relations

Performance Metrics That Matter for Public Relations

With today’s 24/7, digital connectedness, keeping up with your company’s media exposure is an ever-evolving challenge. It can be impossible to track every traditional news mention as sources proliferate—not to mention keeping up with public sentiment on social media. Then, when you need show results from your efforts, it’s difficult to know where to start. Zeroing in on the right data, not just...

August 24, 2023
The Ultimate Crisis Communications Checklist

The Ultimate Crisis Communications Checklist

It’s a fact of doing business that your organization will face communications crises--no matter the size, type, or mission of your organization. From natural disasters to public opinion on social media, there are factors that you simply cannot control or even fully anticipate. And, while we’d all like to think we react appropriately and quickly when fielding these moments, the only way to ensure it is to...

August 22, 2023
Why Universities Need to Prioritize Donor Due Diligence

Why Universities Need to Prioritize Donor Due Diligence

No institution wants to be embroiled in a scandal—especially when it could have been prevented. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to Tufts University when it was revealed that when one of their long-standing donors, the Sackler family, was tied to the opioid crisis. Over a period of nearly 40 years, the university received around $15 million from the Sacklers, who own the pharmaceutical company Purdue...

August 16, 2023
9 Steps For Better Third-Party Anti-Bribery and Corruption Due Diligence

9 Steps For Better Third-Party Anti-Bribery and Corruption Due Diligence

Companies operating in today’s global business environment must navigate ever-strengthening anti-bribery and corruption regulations. Some of the most significant recent enforcement actions against companies arose from alleged due diligence failures, leading to fines, legal action, strategic risks and reputational damage. Meanwhile, there are growing expectations around companies’ understanding of their Environmental...

August 15, 2023
How to Combat Negative Publicity After a Donor Scandal

How to Combat Negative Publicity After a Donor Scandal

Organizations like nonprofits and academic institutions that rely on donations need to be hyper aware of the importance of due diligence. Screening current and potential donors for political and financial vetting is a crucial step in any donor-funded company, but even the most extensive checks can sometimes have pitfalls. If a team accepts money from an organization or individual that ultimately backfires and garners...

August 14, 2023
How to Use Big Data Analytics in Finance

How to Use Big Data Analytics in Finance

The finance industry is up against massive challenges as 2023 shapes up to be a tumultuous year for the market. The closure of Silicon Valley Bank signaled another big fall in trust, and businesses are scrambling to make sure that they’re providing security and safety alongside their normal client services. Now more than ever, it’s critical that companies have trustworthy ways of performing their practices...

July 23, 2023
Key Trends in Risk and Compliance in 2023

Key Trends in Risk and Compliance in 2023

We are already more than halfway through 2023, so if your business isn’t up to date on all the newest trends and shortcuts in the realm of risk mitigation and compliance, suffice it to say you’re falling behind. This year, there is an even greater push on ESG compliance, protection from rising technology like AI and Crypto, and the general need for due diligence to avoid working with sanctioned third parties...

July 21, 2023
Do You Know Your Donors?  Mitigate Donor Risk for Nonprofits

Do You Know Your Donors? Mitigate Donor Risk for Nonprofits

It goes without saying that for nonprofit organizations, fundraising is a massive component of labor. And while anyone can imagine that the organization of galas, coordination of annual drives, and communication with regular donors are all key parts of the job, there are still many aspects that go overlooked—like donor due diligence. In this blog post, we will explore what it means to go beyond recruitment and...

July 11, 2023
How to Understand and Monitor Sanction Lists

How to Understand and Monitor Sanction Lists

Sanctions are often hot topics of international news reports, especially as they relate to foreign governments and international relations. But, you may not realize that sanctions can be levied to any entity that violates regulations. Sanctions are also important to businesses, and working with those who have been sanctioned can have serious consequences. As such, monitoring and understanding sanction lists is a key...

July 06, 2023
Recent Regulatory Enforcement Show Need for Due Diligence

Recent Regulatory Enforcement Show Need for Due Diligence

Alleged compliance breaches have led to combined fines and settlements worth hundreds of millions of dollars in Q2 of 2023. Regulators have taken enforcement action against companies over their activities in jurisdictions spanning four continents. In this blog, we look at some of the most significant regulatory interventions in recent months and suggest how companies should retool their compliance approach to mitigate...

June 29, 2023
Managing Collaboration and Communication in Research

Managing Collaboration and Communication in Research

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the world in a multitude of ways. It’s no secret that we are no longer living in the same society that existed in 2019. Because of the events of the last few years, we are now dealing with things like growing inflation, industry-agnostic mass layoffs , and a massive increases in remote offices. That last point is unique in that it’s something people are often rooting for, as employees...

June 23, 2023
5 Most Common Crisis Communications Scenarios

5 Most Common Crisis Communications Scenarios

These days, nearly every company must have a social media presence to survive and thrive in this market. The prioritization of digital footprints comes at a high cost, though, as there are plenty of potential errors related to posting content, engaging with consumers, and even simply managing public relations (PR). Fortunately, most of the potential pitfalls for PR and social media crises fall into similar categories...

June 21, 2023
How to Optimize Your Change Management with Research Workflow Tools

How to Optimize Your Change Management with Research Workflow Tools

Change management is a crucial, yet daunting, part of a company’s life cycle. Whether it’s in response to exciting growth or disappointing pitfalls, adaptation is often necessary when it comes to moving forward, and the need to adapt is only increasing as the marketplace becomes more unpredictable. Change management is especially important when it comes to research. Research teams are often shifting their...