Kohnstamm Named to Top 10 List of Corporate Social Responsibility Firms

Agency partners with Ripple Effect Images, non-profit of National Geographic contributing photographers who elevate the profile of innovative women's organizations worldwide through the power of imagery.

Kenyan woman

Credit: Lynn Johnson/Ripple Effect Images

In the Nyando region of Kenya, as part of a local disaster management group,
women decrease the impact of flooding, saving crops and homes. 

Kohnstamm Communications was named one of the top 10 PR agencies with expertise in Corporate Social Responsibility, joining industry standouts GolinHarris, Coyne PR and Citizen Paine. The 22-year St. Paul, MN firm gained a national reputation through its decades of work with two top MBA programs known nationally for business ethics, and PR that delved into broadened understanding of green manufacturing, packaging waste, food waste, LEED certification, organics, and national research that benchmarked the gap between perception and reality among the global top 100 corporations. The "10 best corporate conscience agencies list" is compiled by TopPRAgencies.com, an online organizer of independent reviews and ratings.

Kohnstamm also leverages its PR expertise to help build the brands of philanthropic organizations to effectively improve their communications and outreach. In 2014, Kohnstamm is partnering with Ripple Effect Images, a consortium of National Geographic contributing journalists who elevate worldwide attention through imagery for select NGOs whose innovative approaches have singularly empowered and benefited the economic standing of women and girls.

Rajasthan lamps

Credit: Annie Griffiths/Ripple Effect Images

Women in a remote region of Rajasthan receive solar lanterns,
bringing artificial light into their lives for the first time. 

"The power of storytelling that communicates the strength and hope of women and girls cannot be overstated," said Ripple Effect founder and National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths. "Now, by partnering with a top firm gifted in mastering the art of public relations to help build communication with foundations, strategic partners and individuals will align this great work with a broader understanding of what is truly working out in the world."

Griffiths, a Minnesota native and one of National Geographic's first women photographers, founded Ripple Effect Images in 2010 to raise awareness that the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries is the best investment the world can make.

To read more on Kohnstamm's PR work in corporate social responsibility, and its partnership with Ripple Effect Images, go to Crossroads, the Kohnstamm blog.

Gujarat girls

Credit: Ami Vitale/Ripple Effect Images

Young girls beaming at a school in Gujarat, India.  Globally, girls who get a primary education
marry an average of four years later, and have 2.2 fewer children.