Throughout the WHWG's 25-year history, our work has frequently altered the outcome of major financial, environmental, and industrial negotiations, litigation, and legislation in the United States and around the world.
Some of the many clients we have helped:
Activision, American Farm Bureau, Amgen, BENS, Chrysler, Credit Suisse, CropLife Int'l, CSX, DARPA, Georgia Pacific, Healthy Weight Foundation, High Tech Inventors Alliance, Home Depot, Hoover Institution, Marriott, Mayer Brown, McGraw-Hill, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, NASA, Nestle USA, Northrop Grumman, Polish National Foundation, Syngenta, US Department of Labor, United Technologies, Verizon, Visa, Walmart, Weyerhaeuser, Whirlpool
Additionally, members of WHWG have assisted nearly every GOP presidential campaign from 1980 to 2016.
Some examples of how our services have helped solve our clients' problems:
SUPREME COURT CASES - VARIOUS CLIENTS
Provided communications support for Supreme Court cases in both the pre-cert and argument phases.
For one landmark case after another, WHWG has worked to make the issues at stake clear and urgent in areas ranging from antitrust, to patent law. to environmental law (Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act), to financial regulation, to the Alien Tort Statute. One prominent Supreme Court attorney said that our op-ed was as influential as a major amicus brief.
AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
Saved a $500,000,000 market for a critical crop protection product by rebutting false accusations leveled by activists.
When activists accused an essential agricultural pesticide of causing widespread environmental damage, media outlets in Europe and North America jumped on the bandwagon, repeating the activist talking points and calling on regulators to ban the product. Soon the EU succumbed to the pressure and instituted a “precautionary” ban. One of the two companies manufacturing the product turned to WHWG for help. Could we get media and regulators in the U.S. to listen to what the science had to say in such a hostile atmosphere?
WHWG’s deep research – conducted together with our partner firm, v-Fluence – quickly revealed what none of the media had found: the activist claims were directly contradicted by data collected by governments around the world. The environmental catastrophe simply wasn’t happening. Together with v-Fluence, we immediately mobilized an outreach campaign to editorial boards and science writers, enlisting scientists, farmers, and other experts to help get out the facts. Talk of an environmental catastrophe soon vanished from the press; a White House task force backed away from recommending restrictions on our client’s product; and the EPA held fast to earlier determinations that the pesticide was safe for the environment.
Launched a messaging campaign that freed a global energy firm from unreliable foreign partners.
A global energy firm was confronted with a major financial problem when its foreign partners refused to give it timely access to its share of cash returns. Even worse, political allies of the firm began to elicit unfounded accusations from that country’s regulators. WHWG launched a six-month, earned-media campaign aimed at financial elites to focus international pressure on the host country. The client’s interest in the partnership was secured and successfully sold on favorable terms.
Gave legal team of major automotive manufacturer the confidence to respond aggressively and succcessfully to the threat of antitrust action by the U.S. Department of Justice.
WHWG brought together the company’s legal and communications teams to map out all probable scenarios and trigger points. The creation of these scenario maps, each with fully-vetted statements and ready-to-release plans, gave the corporate counsel confidence to proceed with an aggressive public response. The inquiry was successfully resolved.
Secured the regulatory approval of a major railroad merger by working with customers to organize a grassroots campaign.
When a major rail company sought to merge with a competitor, it faced surprisingly strong opposition in Washington, D.C. WHWG organized a response from customers of both companies who wrote 3,000 personal letters in support of regulatory approval. WHWG also worked with the company’s legal advisors to harmonize its regulatory filings with the company’s strong customer and consumer messages. The merger was approved.