APCO Worldwide - Public Affairs and Strategic Communication Consultancy

APCO Worldwide is a leading, independently owned, global public affairs and strategic communication consultancy. Our priority is to use communication to deliver tangible business results for our clients. We measure our success by the results we achieve for clients.


The APCO team addresses complex policy issues with an integrated communication and public affairs approach at the local, national, regional and international levels. This strategy is critical to our success–allowing us to represent multiple interests of a wide range of clients, including major corporations, industry associations, issue coalitions, governments and non-profit organizations. Our goal is to cooperate with clients as strategic partners, not merely practitioners of a craft.


  • Antitrust and competition
  • Board communication
  • Coalition building
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and strategic philanthropy
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Creative services
  • Crisis management
  • Government relations
  • Internal communication
  • Investor / shareholder relations
  • Issue management
  • Litigation communication
  • Market entry and investment strategy
  • Media relations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Online communication
  • Opinion research
  • Positioning
  • Public relations
  • Strategic Communication (StratComm)

APCO operates at the nexus of business, government and the media, so it is only natural that we should design a service for clients which leverages this expertise. Our business diplomacy team does just that. An elite group of former diplomats, politicians, journalists and business leaders work in concert to provide clients with top-level strategic advice on topics such as economic policy, energy, corporate social responsibility and government relations.

Whether working with foreign governments to secure direct investment, helping multinational clients open new doors in emerging markets or building strategic relationships across geographies and industries, APCO's business diplomacy practice is not only innovative, it also gets results. In today's global marketplace, clients require a strong understanding of the interplay among business, government and nongovernmental organizations. Our business diplomacy approach to this challenge is yet another example of APCO creativity and success.


Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO has offices in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Founded in 1984 by Margery Kraus, president and CEO, APCO Worldwide is now primarily employee owned and one of the largest privately held consulting firms in the industry. Our clients include six of the top 10 companies on Fortune's Global 500.

APCO's strategy is one of organic expansion, not corporate acquisition. We open our own offices in markets around the globe and develop them by attracting the very best local talent. The result is an integrated global network that strategizes globally and implements locally. In that sense, APCO is truly a "global" organization. We have also formed strategic partnerships with industry leaders in related fields, so by working together we are able to service even more of our clients' needs.

APCO's current line-up of staff includes a formidable list of former members of congress, ambassadors, state officials, high-ranking government and administration officials, political advisers, business leaders and journalists.


APCO receives numerous awards for outstanding and innovative client programs. In addition, APCO was named 'Public Affairs Agency of the Year' in 2004 and 'International Agency of the Year' in 2003 by The Holmes Report. APCO was also named 'European Consultancy of the Year' in 2005 by Public Affairs News.

In 2005 Margery Kraus, president and CEO, was named 'Public Relations Professional of the Year' by PR Week and 'Top Woman Business Builder' in Fast Company Magazine.

Contact Details

APCO Worldwide
700 12th Street, N.W.
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
+1 202 778 1000
+1 202 466 6002

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