COMM11110 – WIRES

There are hundreds of non for profit organizations operating in Australia that aim to help rescue and rehabilitate the native wildlife of Australia through volunteers and donations, one of these includes WIRES (WIRES, n.d.). With any organization like a wildlife group there comes many logistical issues that need to be looked into and assessed. These logistical issues can have a major effect on the public relations sector of the organization if not dealt with correctly.

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Logistical Issues:

The most important logistical issues faced for wildlife organisations like WIRES for example are as follows;

  • Being able to get volunteers the correct resources needed to help nurture the animals
    • Bandages, Pouches, Food, Cages
  • Volunteers being able to get out to rural areas to collect the injured animals
    • Prepared to drive that far
  • How will volunteers transport them
    • Having suitable/multiple cars to carry certain animals such as emu’s, kangaroos, wallabies etc.
  • Seeking vet assistance
    • Able to get to the destination of a vet during working hours
  • Providing the correct training for carers
    • Limited trained carers to look after qualified animals
  • Legislations
    • Having a license that limits a certain amount of species for one carer to be able to look after

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These logistical issues however can be used as an advantage for WIRES’ public relations to make the company look good in the public’s eye (Wilcox, 2013). Even though they do not always have all of the resources that they need and they do not always have enough carers who are trained for specific animals they still pull together and save and rehabilitate thousands of native wildlife a year. These minor logistical issues however help to enforce the public to donate to WIRES which helps the organization to be able to provide the training and required equipment for the volunteers.

References

WIRES, n.d., WIRES, Viewed 19th April 2016, http://www.wires.org.au/

Wilcox, D, Cameron, G, Reber, B, & Shin, J 2013, Think Public Relations, 2nd Edn, Pearson Education Inc, New Jersey.

COMM11110- BPA Crisis

In March 2016 it was announced that multiple companies who produced canned goods had Bisphenol A (BPA) present in their products (Allen, 2016). There were multiple environmental and cancer foundations such as the Breast Cancer Foundation who all worked together and tested these multiple canned products for the presence of BPA (Allen, 2016). Out of the 192 canned products that were tested a total of 129 contained the organic synthetic compound that is BPA (Allen, 2016).

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Multiple organisations have their own research on the idea of whether BPA is actually harmful however a final answer has still not been decided. It has been tested that Bisphenol A (BPA) has negative effects on the brain, behaviour and the prostate glands in fetuses, infants and young children (Brennan, 2015). This is due to the fact that their bones and organs are still developing and growing (NIEHS, n.d.).

Campbell was just one of the many companies that had BPA found in their canned products. Immediately after the campaign was released in March 2016, Campbell promised to have BPA removed from all of their products by March 2017. Along with Campbell there was a lot of other companies such as; Del Monte, Whole Foods, Walmart and Albertsons who were proved to have BPA in their products (Allen, 2016). Campbell released an article documenting and explaining their goal to make all of their packaging BPA free for good (Allen, 2016). Personally, I believe the decision of changing their packaging to BPA free will help the company on an overall especially for their target audience of mothers and fathers with young children and infants (GirliegirlAmy, 2015). However this PR crisis will have a minor negative effect on the company’s image as people may believe that it is still harmful and will choose other products over it, resulting in a profit loss(Wilcox, 2013).

References

Allen, K 2016, Brands managers act quickly after BPA shows up in cans, viewed 8th April 2016, http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/Brands_managers_act_quickly_after_BPA_shows_up_in_20464.aspx

Brennan, D 2015, How environmental exposure may affect your child, viewed 9th April 2016, http://www.webmd.com/children/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa

National Institutue of Environmental Health Services, n.d., Bisphenol A (BPA), viewed 10th April 2016, https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/sya-bpa/

Wilcox, D, Cameron, G, Reber, B, & Shin, J 2013, Think Public Relations, 2nd Edn, Pearson Education Inc, New Jersey.

GirlieGirlAmy, 2015, What is BPA and how can you avoid it?, viewed 17th April 2016, http://girliegirlarmy.com/wellness-2/20150527/what-is-bpa-and-how-can-you-avoid-it/