FCB Ulka’s Sindoor Khela among best campaigns for social responsibility

ACT Responsible, in collaboration with WARC, has released ‘The Good Report’ – a unique ranking of the world’s best use of creative communications to promote sustainability and social responsibility to raise awareness of major social and environmental issues. 

A total of 827 campaigns produced by 534 agencies for 685advertisers from 74 countries were evaluated for this latest Good Report. The Good Report ranking is created by combining the industry's recognition of the best performing campaigns as tracked by the WARC Creative 100, with the promotional effort behind the campaigns and the general public's recognition from public votes organized by ACT Responsible. There is no complicated criteria or categories, just great work for Good. 

Of the 40 campaigns featured in The Good Report 2018, 27 are for NGOs, institutions and foundations and 13 are for commercial brands. The top 25 agencies are made up of 6 independents and 19 networked agencies. In the top 19 Networks’ list, there are 3 independent networks and 18 networks owned by holding companies; and the top ten Advertisers include 8 NGOs/ Institutions and 2 for-profit companies. 

Taking the top places are: 

Most successful Campaigns promoting good causes 2018

#1Trash Isles, AMV BBDO London, LadBible and Plastic Oceans Foundation

#2Prescribed to Death, Energy BBDO Chicago, National Safety Council

#3No Conditions Apply – Sindoor Khela, FCB Ulka Mumbai, The Times of India

#4Destination Pride, FCB/SIX Toronto, PFLAG Canada

#5 Touching Masterpieces, Geometry Prague, NeuroDigital for National Gallery of Prague 

Most successful Agencies promoting good causes 2018

#1 BBDO New York, USA

#2 AMV BBDOLondon, UK

#3 Colenso BBDO Auckland, New Zealand

#4 la chose, Paris, France

#5 J. Walter Thompson New York, USA 

Most successful Networks promoting good causes 2018

#1 BBDO Worldwide

#2 FCB

#3 J. Walter Thompson Worldwide 

#4 McCann Worldwide

#5 Havas Group 

Most successful advertisers promoting good causes 2018

#1 Amnesty International

#2 WWF

#3 Greenpeace

#4 Procter & Gamble

#5 Plastic Oceans Foundation 

Act Responsible considers that advertising recognition is too often confined to its commercial side; and that the other part of its role, such as informing, raising awareness and educating, is often forgotten. 

For 18 years now, Act Responsible has collected the best ads promoting sustainability and social responsibility in order to highlight the use of creativity to raise awareness of the world's major issues. Still, hardly any specific recognition is offered to agencies that give time and talent to support the communication of public interest causes. Nonetheless, the commitment of communication professionals to these causes is fundamental; good causes need campaigns to create awareness of their existence. 

Act Responsible has created ‘The Good Report’ in collaboration with WARC to celebrate the wonderful work and dedication that thousands of agencies are making to support these major causes, in order to further motivate and inspire creativity as well as the continued production of new campaigns. 

“With The Good Report, ACT Responsible continues its mission of promoting, inspiring and federating the communications industry for the greater Good. We truly believe advertising has a major role in educating and promoting good to help make the world a better place and we are proud the celebrate this work every year. Producing The Good Report with the collaboration of the WARC Rankings team is a great privilege,” said Hervé de Clerck, ACT Responsible Dream Leader. 

David Tiltman, Head of Content, WARC and ACT'ive Partner, added here, “Whilst purpose-driven campaigns are playing a key role in today’s brand marketing, Act Responsible, together with Gunn Report, have been shining a light on communications for good causes for nearly two decades. Following the recent rebrand of the Gunn Report to WARC Rankings, WARC is delighted to continue this collaboration.” 

All the work featured in The Good Report will be available to view at The Act Responsible Expo during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June each year. It honours the hugely valuable job the industry does throughout the year in countries all round the world, in multiplying the impact and effectiveness of communications for Good Causes.


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