Hill and Knowlton has been in the middle of several controversies. Several of its PR campaigns allegedly violated both industry ethics and civil statutes. In 1991, Hill and Knowlton received $14 million from countries known to abuse human rights, including China, Peru, Indonesia, and Egypt. It has also taken on cases from countries accused of abusing human rights, those who deal with corporate crime, and even some for the CIA. Hill and Knowlton has also been accused of using propaganda on behalf of clients such as the tobacco industry, the U.S.-funded and U.S.-directed Citizens for a Free Kuwait, and Coppertone.
Hill and Knowlton specializes in the areas of healthcare, technology, marketing, public affairs, online communications, and corporate and financial practice. Some of the companies for which Hill and Knowlton has prepared successful promotions are:
Ambev - Cerveceria Rio
China State Council Information Office
First Alert - Carbon Monoxide
GlaxoSmithKline Singapore - Infanrix
Heal Florida Healthcare
HP Photo Big Bang
Lock & Lock
Lock & Lock - China, Taiwan & Thailand
Motorola RAZR, Thailand & Malaysia
Oxy Reckitt Benckiser - Dettol
Pacific Gas & Electric
Procter & Gamble
Roche - Xenical
Starbucks Muan Jai
UK Trade & Investment
Finally, here is a list of some of the many publications produced by Hill and Knowlton (taken from www.hillandknowlton.com):
Ampersand showcases some of the best published work by our people and selected guest authors and provides insights on a broad spectrum of issues, industries, and geographies.
All Things Corporate is a corporate and finance practice quarterly newsletter.
Traffic is a marketing communication newsletter.
The Pulse is a public health, food safety, and pharmaceuticals European newsletter.
Corporate Seeds is a quarterly European newsletter on environmental, social, and ethical developments.
iBall is a consumer technology newsletter.
Netcoms Insider provides the latest on new communication trends, technology, and online PR.
Insights is our global public affairs newsletter.