Brunswick Group

Profile: Brunswick Group

1- Name of NGO:

Brunswick Group

2- Brief & Mission:

Brunswick’s Business & Society division assists enterprises in navigating intricate societal issues and defining their corporate “mission.” Their Climate Hub further aids businesses in addressing the impacts of climate change. Recent information has come to light regarding the firm’s lobbying efforts on behalf of the UAE, resulting in financial support from the country. 

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism engaged the services of Brunswick Group through several contractual arrangements. According to records of lobbying activities, Brunswick Group was also retained by The Rothkopf Group (TRG), founded by former Foreign Policy editor David Rothkopf. This engagement involved undertaking global and regional public relations endeavors for Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2018.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

The evident connection between the company and the UAE suggests a distinct affiliation, hinting that the UAE government enlisted the firm’s services with political intentions.

5- Sources of Funding:

Since 2017, The Brunswick Group has received over $3.4 million from Abu Dhabi for the purpose of promoting events and attractions within the United Arab Emirates. This includes notable sites such as Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest building in Abu Dhabi, as disclosed in recently submitted documents.

6- Activities:

Brunswick Group was enlisted by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism through a series of contractual arrangements. According to records of lobbying activities, the firm was also retained by The Rothkopf Group (TRG), founded by former Foreign Policy editor David Rothkopf. TRG engaged Brunswick Group to undertake international and regional public relations responsibilities for CultureSummit Abu Dhabi 2018. An unveiled engagement letter outlined a payment of $70,000 to Brunswick for its PR services in relation to the 2018 event. 

7- NGO Leadership:

Sir Alan Parker is chairman of the Group.

8- Controversy:

Evidence supports the fact that this organization was involved in lobbying activities advocating for the UAE’s interests. These activities included financial transactions, even though they were associated with the Brunswick Group. Additionally, their Climate Hub assists enterprises in managing the effects of climate change. They also conducted lobbying on behalf of a nation involved in fossil fuel production.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:https://www.brunswickgroup.com
  • Address:USA
  • Email:  jgolz@brunswickgroup.com

10- Classification/Blacklist:

It has been substantiated that this group engaged in lobbying efforts on behalf of the UAE, involving payments and Consequently, the firm has garnered a reputation that led to its blacklisting.

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