Media Insights and Crisis Expertise » reputation management http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/mediaandcrisis Your destination for best practice issues and crisis management, current issues, media training, presentation skills, consumer advocacy and strategic issues management Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:40:31 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 Corporate manslaughter guidance results in bigger risks to reputation http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/mediaandcrisis/2010/02/18/corporate-manslaughter-guidance-results-in-bigger-risks-to-reputation/ http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/mediaandcrisis/2010/02/18/corporate-manslaughter-guidance-results-in-bigger-risks-to-reputation/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:44:48 +0000 Peter Roberts http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/mediaandcrisis/?p=258 The Sentencing Guidelines Council has just announced that companies convicted of corporate manslaughter will face fines upwards of £500,000.

The fines will apply to all companies found guilty in the courts from this week, even if the actual incident happened some years ago. You can read more here.

The guidelines recommend fines from £100,000 up to hundreds of thousands of pounds be imposed for offences that cause death.

The move clearly means additional scrutiny of corporate health and safety practices and for individual directors, managers and other employees there is the threat of up two years in prison.

If such penalties are to be avoided, the safety culture within the place of work, quite fundamentally, needs to be deemed as critical as any another aspect of the business. This will be a gargantuan communications task for many organisations, who have not only tended to marginalise this part of the operation, but are often composed of a mixed workforce including contractors and joint venture partners, which makes the process harder.

Naturally, organisations can help themselves pre-empt such scenarios and a critical first step is to identify the threats – both inside and outside the business – a company faces. This formal risk audit is something we spend a lot of our time doing at Hill & Knowlton. Corporate threats take on different forms pending on the organisation, from waste disposal practices, to haulage policies; pressure groups to flooding.

For help in reviewing any threats that your organisation may face, please get in touch with us by clicking here.

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