Top 10 Strategic Communication Agencies in the US for Impact in 2021

Effective strategic communication agencies are rare to come by. However, demand is increasing thanks to brands’ growing desire to integrate social impact with their client’s brand and additionally, interest in connecting with consumers via the causes they care about. Here are the top 10 Strategic Communications agencies that focus on social impact where your work can help make money while focusing on people and the planet. 

 

1. CommPro Worldwide

In its own words: We work with brands, emerging growth organizations, government agencies, high-profile individuals, non-profits, and NGOs to drive visibility on issues and brand activations through the power of strategic partnerships.

Our mission is to continue to work with organizations to align their social impact and sustainable development goals through public-private partnerships to drive ESG, CSR, and impact agendas while accelerating business objectives. 


Milestones/Honors/Awards: 

CommPro Worldwide hasve delivered some of the most successful executions in the history of the United Nations. Amongst other initiatives, CommPro Worldwide supported the Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) event, over a dozen heads-of-state, UN Secretary Generals, and Foreign Presidents, delivering flawless brand integration and execution. They’ve also worked with celebrities such as, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Paul Dejoria on social impact initiatives.

 

Partial Client List: 

United Nations Global Compact, EU Parliament, IBM Blockchain, Cisco Systems, BurstIQ, PVBLIC Foundation, Deloitte, UNCTAD, Humanity 2.0 (Vatican), Microsoft, NASDAQ, and NYSE.

 

2. Edelman

Focused on creating compelling and captivating stories that emerge from bold ideas, Edelman is a global communications firm employing 6,000 people in more than 60 offices. The independent company was founded in 1952 and remains true to its values, which include an emphasis on diversity—culture, background, and experience—a commitment to curiosity, and the pursuit of positive impact.   

 

Milestones/Honors/Awards: 

2019 Bronze Cannes Lions Award, 2019 Marketing Agency of the Year, Richard Edelman Named Best Agency Professional of the past 20 years

 

Partial Client List: 

KFC, Virtual Innovations Summit, Virgin Active, HSBC, Asics, Taco Bell, LinkedIn

 

3. Apco Worldwide

Boldness. Curiosity. Inclusivity. Empathy. Those are the values motivating Apco Worldwide, a consultancy specializing in advocacy and advisory communications. The majority women-owned company has been helping public and private sector organizations navigate challenges, embrace opportunities, and stay ahead of social risk for more than 35 years. 

 

Milestones/Honors/Awards: 

2021 PRCA Digital Awards’ Digital Professional of the Year, 2021 Forbes’ America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, 2020 PRWeek UK Corporate, City, and Public Affairs Awards’ Best Use of Social Media And/Or Influencers in a Campaign 

 

Partial Client List: 

Mars, Danfoss Gap, Ebay, Masdar

 

4. Finn Partners

Specializing in sectors ranging from arts to travel, fashion to health, Finn Partners is a proudly independent global marketing and communications firm delivering insights that inform, ideas that inspire, and impact that makes a difference. Clients include Goodwill, Tractor Supply Company, Jack Daniel’s, and the American Bar Association. 

 

5. ICR

ICR is a renowned strategic communications and advisory firm that helps clients manage their reputations, improve relationships with investors, thrive in a digital marketplace, win stakeholders’ hearts and minds, implement best practices, and ensure long-term equity value. Clients include RedRobin, Peloton, Dole, RiteAid, and GNC.

 

6. Zeno Group

Be fearless and embrace the unexpected. Zeno Group is a global, integrated communications agency that thrives at the intersection of brand and corporate reputation, helping businesses solve today’s challenges. The team of born storytellers who are built for impact works with clients ranging from Asics to Netflix. 

 

7. Ruder Finn Inc.

Through storytelling, connection, and influence, Ruder Finn provides human-centered communications strategies for what’s next. The firm has helped companies such as Cisco, MetLife, Johnson and Johnson, Michelin, Samsung, and Visa tell compelling narratives that capture wide attention. Ruder Finn’s work lets clients inspire positive change and maintain a competitive edge. 

 

8. Prosek Partners

For two decades, Prosek Partners has built, protected, and strengthened top brands in the healthcare, financial, and professional services sectors. Relying on deep industry knowledge, the firm provides innovated, integrated marketing and communications services to clients like Edward Jones, Bloomberg, Travelers, and Capital One. 

 

9. MWWPR

Offering expertise in areas like analytics, diversity and inclusion, consumer marketing and reputation, internal communications, and more, MWWPR is smart, fearless, and relentlessly relevant. With eight offices across the U.S. and U.K., the global independent integrated PR agency has partners such as Red Lobster, Nikon and New York Magazine

 

10. Grounded World

Grounded World is B-corp certified boutique marketing agency. We bring nearly a quarter century’s worth of experience, award-winning creative and best-in-class strategy to your business. Flexible, fluid and fearless, we can pop up, plug in, or execute and deliver end-to-end. Our nimble boutique marketing agency approach, complemented by the latest tech means we can work in whatever style works best for you and your budget.