Clare Hamilton-Eddy, Yulu’s Managing Director
Yulu Public Relations is an award-winning PR firm, with offices in both Vancouver and New York. They strive to create positive social and environmental changes through innovative campaigns and were recently named ‘Agency of the Year’ at Ragan’s PR Daily’s 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. We had a chat with Clare Hamilton-Eddy, Yulu’s Managing Director, to discuss the recent challenges and changes the company has experienced, as well as what Yulu’s goals for the future look like.
Could you speak to the latest changes at Yulu? What does it mean to the team at Yulu PR to be named ‘Agency of the Year’?
This is a significant honour for us. Winning PR Daily's ‘CSR Agency of the Year’ award is helping us highlight what Yulu and other socially-mandated communications agencies and practitioners are doing to drive positive change in the work they do. Our hope is that it encourages others to do similar over time. This recognition shines a spotlight on an important element of PR and communications and demonstrates how it's evolving.
Charlotte Gilmour just joined the team. What does this new edition mean for Yulu and its evolution?
We're thrilled to have Charlotte join us as Yulu's Director of Client Services. Charlotte has over a decade of international experience in PR, having worked in both Vancouver and London. She brings a wealth of knowledge in media relations, crisis communications, event management, and internal communications, and I’d challenge anyone to find a stronger project manager. She also has a passion for our oceans, something that is proving highly beneficial to us, as we’re able to apply her knowledge, expertise and interest in this area to our daily work.
Externally, we are leading the charge in building a new industry in communications: Impact Relations. We are working to bring new industry standards to communications through this movement - standards that ensure transparency, authenticity, mission-driven work and values are always prioritized (more on Impact Relations here: http://impactrelations.org/). We’re really beginning to see some momentum here and are receiving some encouraging support from a range of PR agencies and in-house practitioners.
How would you describe Yulu's evolution over the years?
Social impact has always been at the heart of what we do. In the beginning, it was challenging as there weren’t a lot of believers, whereas now it's simply best practice—something that is reflected by the fact we’re working with some of the world’s largest brands as well as some really interesting and innovative companies. Over the years, as people have begun to see that doing good is good business, we've been able to evolve to the point where we only take on clients that fit into our social mandate—to contribute positively to society or the environment.
What are some future goals for Yulu PR and its team?
We’re big believers in thoughtful growth and thoughtful worth and we take a lot of pride in this. We feel like we’re in a good place: we have an international team, we have fantastic clients that are driving positive social and environmental change, and we’re building our global network in various capacities. From an Impact Relations perspective, we want to see it being taught in schools across North America and, eventually, the world.
You can learn more about Yulu and their upcoming projects on their website, http://yulupr.com/.