The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) has suspended the membership of the Association of Consulting Companies in the Field of Public Relations (AKOS) indefinitely, with immediate effect.
The decision – taken by ICCO’s Executive Committee – follows Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and flagrant violation of international law.
The Executive Committee acted following concerns that AKOS had failed to distance itself from the actions of the Russian Government.
ICCO was founded and operates on the principles of truth, trust and integrity. Today’s decision is driven by the belief that international law and human rights must always be respected. The move is consistent with a broader wave of international sanctions against Russia.
Nitin Mantri, ICCO President said:
“Our thoughts are with all those suffering as a result of the invasion. This decision was not taken lightly. ICCO wishes to state publicly its support for a great number of Russian communications professionals who oppose the actions of their Government. Yet we must strongly condemn any agency involved in proliferation of misinformation or suppression of free speech. “
Francis Ingham, ICCO Chief Executive said
“We condemn the Russian Government’s actions in the strongest possible terms. ICCO stands committed to the principle of international law, and have a responsibility to our members and the public to send a clear message that this activity is not tolerated. ICCO does not tolerate membership of any Associations that do not to oppose inexcusable breaches of international law and human rights.”