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How Corporate Communications Can Advance Purpose Internally and Externally

In today's business landscape, corporate purpose is no longer a "nice to have." It's a business imperative. Employees, customers, and investors are increasingly drawn to companies that stand for something more than just profits. But having a corporate purpose is only half the battle. To truly reap the benefits, companies need to communicate it effectively, both through internal and external corporate communications. Here's how.

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Internal Corporate Communications: Igniting Employee Passion

A company’s purpose—and how that purpose is embedded in the organization and activated both internally and externally—determines where employees choose to work, how engaged and productive they are, and how long they stay at a company.

Make It Personal

Help employees connect their personal purpose to the company's purpose. When employees feel like their work has meaning, they're more likely to be engaged and productive.

Empower Employees

Encourage employees to be actively involved in bringing the purpose to life. This could include volunteering opportunities, employee-led initiatives, or simply creating a culture where employees feel comfortable sharing their ideas.

Communicate Transparently and Authentically

Share both the successes and challenges of the purpose journey. This builds trust and credibility with employees.

Use Storytelling

Share stories of how the company and its employees are making a difference in the world. Stories are a powerful way to connect with employees on an emotional level.

External Corporate Communications: Building Trust and Loyalty

Authentic purpose has many dimensions, linking to culture and behaviors, leadership styles, connection and belonging, inclusion, rewards and recognitions, and more. When purpose is embedded in a way that it both guides and drives all these intrinsic elements of a workplace, it produces profound returns.

Walk Your Talk

Ensure that your external actions are aligned with your stated purpose. Hypocrisy will be quickly called out in today's transparent world.

Showcase Impact

Share specific examples of how your company is making a difference. Data and metrics are important, but don't forget the power of storytelling.

Engage Stakeholders

Involve customers, partners, and communities in your purpose journey. This could include inviting feedback, collaborating on initiatives, or simply sharing your progress.

Be a Thought Leader

Use your platform to speak out on issues related to your purpose. This helps to position your company as a leader in your industry and attract like-minded stakeholders.

By effectively communicating corporate purpose both internally and externally, companies can create a more engaged workforce, a stronger brand reputation, and a more sustainable business.

Looking for help with your purpose-driven corporate communications? Schedule a free consultation with a CCOP partner.


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