Corporate Diversity at General Motors
GM's Minority Dealer Development Program, the auto industry's first and most successful diversity program, was under intense media and company scrutiny. The Reverend Jesse Jackson and other civil rights leaders were paying close attention, and asking the company to take a hard look at the program. General Motors agreed to undergo an independent review by prominent attorney Weldon Latham. The company was concerned about how the results of the internal audit would be released and the public reaction.
Investment Grade Bond Rating: Virgin Islands
Soury Communications worked closely with major money center banks and the Virgin Islands government to promote the financial stability and economic development successes of the territory in helping to secure its first investment grade bond rating from the leading agencies: Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings.
J.R.R Tolkien Seeks Fair Share of Rings Royalties
The Lord of the Rings movie and merchandising franchise has garnered over six billion dollars in revenues and enormous profits. J.R.R Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, had sold film rights to his books before his death in 1973 for of 7.5% of gross revenues after expenses. After so called “Hollywood accounting,” the Tolkien estate, which is now a charitable trust, had received virtually nothing from proceeds of the films.
The Campaign to Free the West Memphis 3
After 18 years in prison, with Damien Echols on death row and Jesse Misskelley and Jason Baldwin serving life, the West Memphis 3, as they became known, were freed in August 2011. The three men agreed to an Alford plea in which, while maintaining their innocence, they accepted a guilty plea.