Australians take the lead in PR Awards Asia-Pacific for ‘Best Culture of the Year’

PR Awards Asia Pacific

Of the five agencies nominated in the category, three are based in Australia – Sabio, Ogilvy PR and Sling & Stone

Australian public relations firms have made the shortlist of the PR Awards Asia-Pacific in the Best Culture of the Year category.

Of the five agencies nominated in the category, three are based in Australia – Sabio, Ogilvy PR and Sling & Stone.

PR Awards Asia Pacific shortlist 2023 - Sabio GM Lauren Faulkner

Lauren Faulkner

Sabio general manager Lauren Faulkner shared her pride in the recognition. She told Mediaweek: “Being shortlisted for PR Awards Asia-Pacific ‘Best Culture of the Year’ is a proud moment for the agency and our team.

“It is a testament to the positive and supportive environment we have cultivated at Sabio and spotlights our commitment to nurturing talent, embracing diversity and driving work-life balance – all while delivering outstanding results for our clients.

“This recognition further motivates us to continue to be bold in our policies and initiatives while always striving for excellence. It is a reminder that our emphasis on creating a strong culture has truly resonated with our team and has set us apart in the industry,” she added.

The Sabio team

Richard Brett, CEO of Ogilvy PR and Ogilvy Health, told Mediaweek he was pleased his company was being recognised as a great place to work.

“Ogilvy PR has always been a people business. Our people are the heart of our company and we are so proud to be short listed for best culture of the year; it shows that our commitment to leading the industry and our consultancy strategy is working,” he said.

PR Awards Asia Pacific shortlist 2023 - Ogilvy Richard Brett

Richard Brett

“So much goes into making an agency a great place to work from the people we hire, the clients we work for and the benefits we have.
“This award recognises the talent, collaboration, culture and clients that make up our agency. I’d like to thank the incredible and talented people in the agency – a huge thank you to all of you for your hard work, creativity, teamwork and commitment.”

Sling & Stone’s head of people, Fran Chitoriski, noted that they hope to hold on to their PR Week Asia Best Culture title for a second consecutive year. 

“Our team culture is the most powerful tool we have to achieve our mission, drive our success, and the success of our clients. We’ve intentionally built a supportive, empowering, and meritocratic environment, guided by our values: Gumption, Build, Tune-In, Play,” Chitoriski told Mediaweek.

“We continually invest in our team, nurture long-term growth, celebrate diversity and strive to create a place where people belong. After all, it is our team’s expertise, passion and creativity which makes our agency and the work we deliver great.

PR Awards Asia Pacific shortlist 2023 - Sling & Stone - Fran Chitoriski

Fran Chitoriski

Sling & Stone APAC team

Chitoriski said: “Looking after our people and culture is top of the priority list, so to be shortlisted for this award is a testament to the deliberate work that has gone into building it.
“We want to thank all of our team for collectively making Sling & Stone a great place to work, fostering and protecting our culture — it’s a shared responsibility. We’re blessed to work with such an awesome bunch of team mates.

“We’re honoured to be included alongside agencies that also value a people-centric approach, and hope we can hold onto our PR Week Asia Best Culture title for a second year running.”

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