Kekst CNC Corporate communications Dec 14 2020

COVID-19 Opinion Tracker – Edition 6

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Michael White Corporate communications Nov 04 2020

Bots Account for Nearly Half of 5G Conspiracy Tweets

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Eleanor Cavill Dec 17 2020

Episode 7: A Crisis in Polling? Looking Back at the 2020 US Election

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Research

Corporate communications

The sixth Kekst CNC international tracking survey shows that the relationship between business and the general public will be transformed by the crisis. As 2020 has unfolded, individual corporates and sectors that had hitherto been unloved or the focus of severe criticism, have been at the heart of shared efforts to deal with the challenges of COVID-19. But our survey finds that a positive performance during the pandemic is not a blank reputational cheque. Consumers across all six countries expecting those who have come out of the pandemic best to share a larger burden of taxation in the months and years ahead. For employers, our survey reveals that new ways of working have become established and expected, with employees insistent on flexible models of working after the end of the coronavirus pandemic – and significant numbers say they will look at other employers if this flexibility is not provided.

Corporate communications

What will the future of work look like in the aftermath of this pandemic? How has and will COVID-19 impact employees’ behaviour? What are the expectations and demands for employers? These are some of the questions we discussed on our panel event, drawing on the findings of our global COVID-19 public opinion survey and the perspectives of our Kekst CNC experts.

Corporate communications

The fifth Kekst CNC international tracking survey shows that in many countries business continues to be seen as having responded more effectively to the pandemic than government. However, there are signs that this faith in business may be declining after a very strong performance in the first months of the pandemic. Employees' priorities over the next three months are focused on pay, keeping their job, and health and safety measures​. However, mood matters too, with the top demand from German employees being to build a feeling that senior executives and employees alike are all in this together. Employers will need to bear this in mind as they look to take their employees with them through the autumn and winter months.

Blogs

Data, Research and Insights

Online sustainability discussions have started to shape and influence decisions in politics, business and society. In light of the pandemic, there are an array of international topic experts and vocal thought leaders who have successfully established a steady drumbeat of sustainability-related content while building a breadth of followers and an informed community. But what are the conversations and the topics they care about most?

Cyber Security

While 2020 is likely to be a year many would prefer to forget, the changes it has brought to our lives are likely to have lasting effects, even after COVID-19 is finally put to rest. One area of change has been work: Post-pandemic, half of British employees are demanding flexible working arrangements, with 30% prepared to quit should their employer demand a full-time return to the office, according to Kekst CNC’s COVID-19 Opinion Tracker.

Corporate communications

Automated social media accounts commonly referred to as “bots” are amplifying 5G conspiracy theories on Twitter and spreading disinformation. This indicates how automated Twitter robots are influencing extreme areas of debate on the social network.

Podcasts

The ‘blue wave’ that many pundits predicted would come in the early hours of November 4th did not immediately materialise. But does this mean that pollsters were the undisputed losers of the 2020 US election? In this episode, our host Eleanor Cavill is joined by two of Kekst CNC’s Senior Advisers, James Johnson and Tom Lubbock.

In the sixth “Global Thinking” episode, host Eleanor Cavill is joined by Andrew Berkley, Data Science Lead, Strategic Intelligence Team at the World Economic Forum and Kekst CNC Partner and Head of Digital Engagement, Lucy Cording.

In the fifth episode, our host Dominic Laurie is joined by Saeed Amidi, CEO & Founder of Plug and Play, who shares his insights from Silicon Valley’s start-up ecosystem. While most industries have come to a standstill in recent months, demand for digital companies’ offerings has skyrocketed in recent months.

News

News

Stockholm, 13 January 2021 – JKL, the leading strategic communications firm in Sweden and the Nordics, has announced it will change its name to Kekst CNC.

London, 17 December 2020 – Kekst CNC, a leading global strategic communications consultancy, announced today the strengthening of its Environment, Social and Governance (“ESG”) and Sustainability offer with the appointment of Meghan Sheehan as Director.

News

London, 11 December 2020 – The latest wave of the Kekst CNC Covid-19 Opinion Tracker, a survey in six countries, has found that expected UK vaccine uptake is on the increase. The proportion of Brits who say they would definitely or likely get the jab is up by five percentage points on September, and now sits at 70%, the highest of all countries surveyed and considerably above the 45% for France where likely uptake has slipped.

Events

Crisis and Issues Management

“The Continuing Storm: Global Threats in the Wake of a Worldwide Pandemic” a Kekst CNC and CMi Forum webinar, chaired by security experts Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former German Ambassador to the U.S. and the UK, and Tom Hurd, Director General of the UK´s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, was a must-attend for all those interested in global dynamics. The discussion was informed by Kekst CNC research, which provided an analysis of global threats as viewed by the public in six countries.

Sustainability, ESG and Purpose

What impact has COVID-19 had on ESG? Has it become more important or less? Have priorities of investors – and the public – shifted? Is climate protection still ‘number one’? And how are leading businesses in this space changing their ESG policies and priorities?

Shareholder Activism and Corporate Governance

Shareholder activism has surged in Japan over the past few years. In addition to the increasing number of activist campaigns, a record 65 Japanese companies received shareholder proposals during this year’s AGM season. This is reflective of the government’s corporate governance reform, such as the introduction and revision of the stewardship code and corporate governance code serving as a tailwind.