FCB Inferno Named “Agency of the Year” at Inaugural Campaigns for Good Awards
FCB Inferno took home top accolades at the first annual Campaigns for Good Awards, a new initiative from PRWeek, Campaign and Third Sector.
In addition to winning the “Agency of the Year” title, FCB Inferno – which “stood out as a clear favourite,” according to Juror Rachel Walker, senior celebrity and VIP manager at Marie Curie – was praised for “creativity and originality play(ing) a key role in forging the connection by developing platform ideas, apps, social experiments and Snapchat filters.”
The agency’s campaign for Project Literacy, “A Little Chicken Named Pong-Pong,” created with Weber Shandwick, also won “Best Public Awareness Campaign (Brand led).” Juror Mark Perkins, executive creative editor at W Communications, said it was an “outstanding campaign. Thoughtful, beautifully created, done with warmth.”
The awards were created to celebrate creativity with heart, and this is the first time three leading Haymarket titles in the PR, advertising and charity sectors have joined together to recognise great campaigns. The objective of the Awards is to reward excellence and honour campaigns that use creative ideas successfully to further positive causes.
FCB Inferno was also highly commended in the “Best Fundraising and Advocacy Campaign, local” category for its “Believe in Me” campaign for Barnardo's, and was a finalist for the “Best Progressive Cause Campaign” for “Queen Rules.”
The FCB network was also highly commended in the “Best Progressive Cause Campaign” for FCB India’s “Sindoor Khela – No Conditions Apply” and FCB/SIX’s “Destination Pride.” Other network finalists included FCB Canada’s “Anything But Sorry” and “#SpeedTalk” from Happiness/An FCB alliance for “Best Public Awareness Campaign.”
Campaigns for Good’s statement read: “FCB Inferno’s most recent campaigns have delivered a global impact in more than 65 countries, generating two billion social shares and press coverage reaching a total of 11 billion people.
It focuses on using a deeper understanding of human behaviour to connect with the target audience and create real change, recruiting teachers, encouraging women to exercise, or alerting parents to the dangers of online grooming.
All of the agency’s strategists train in behavioural science, and one noticed commuters in London walking past Big Issue sellers to go into a coffee shop and came up with the Change Please initiative. Homeless people were trained as baristas and paid the London Living Wage. Six carts across London sell more than 1,000 coffees every day. Change Please has taken 12 people off the streets, saving the taxpayer £360,000 a year, and Change Please coffee beans are now for sale in more than 370 Sainsbury’s stores. Sales continue to generate funds for the campaign.
FCB Inferno continues to use the agency’s skills and expertise as a force for good through projects promoting female empowerment, tackling homelessness and illiteracy, and helping the world’s most vulnerable children."
About FCB Inferno
FCB Inferno is one of London’s leading advertising agencies, and part of global advertising network FCB. The network dates back to 1873, and now has 9,000 employees in 90 countries, with 150 at FCB Inferno.
FCB Inferno’s clients sit across industry sectors and currently include the UK Government (for which they created the “This Girl Can” brand), BMW, Huawei, NIVEA, Sky and UEFA. FCB Inferno received two Grand Prix awards at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity in 2015 and 2016.
FCB Inferno has been voted the top UK agency promoting good causes for the last two years by The Good Report, ranking third overall in the list of international agencies.