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Using Guinness's brand power and weight to drive inclusive and equality in their heartland of Rugby: Introducing the NEVER SETTLE platform

Using Guinness's brand power and weight to drive inclusive and equality in their heartland of Rugby: Introducing the NEVER SETTLE platform

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Guinness is a brand with a long-established stronghold and influence within Rugby. The sport and brand’s presence is huge and far reaching, with drinkers, pundits and players across the world celebrating their own connection. However, the perceived core audience for both the brand and the sport are overwhelmingly male and white, with inequality and intolerance rife.

The Guinness GB team tasked Platform13 with uncovering actionable insights and executions to centre those not currently being spoken to by the brand and the sport.



We kicked off with deep research and meaningful conversations with those that sit outside the core white male audience, a richly diverse group of underrepresented people in Rugby, resulting in insights that people's perceptions of Rugby (and its associated sponsors) remain largely: white, heterosexual, able-bodied, affluent, male centric.

The results were clear: Whilst, for some, the sport is a symbol of community and national pride, there are many others who feel excluded from this narrative, through an obvious lack of diversity within rugby, with this being a gateway for the sexism, homophobia, transphobia and institutional racism which plague the sport.



A new long term initiative for Guinness Rugby was born: NEVER SETTLE - an action-led platform that uses their power in Rugby for good, a commitment by the brand to NEVER SETTLE until EVERYONE who loves the sport feels like they belong.

Delivered with comprehensive and clear guidelines on the mission, the values system, and behaviours as well as a multitude of long term multichannel ideation and recommendations from Guinness to create more equality, more communion and more impact that demands attention, wherever it is applied.

This work was so well received internally that Platform13 was invited to collaborate on the global Strategy for Diageo’s new Fair Sport framework with their global agency, Leo Burnett.

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Never Settle 2021

In 2021, Guinness NEVER SETTLE kicked off with the launch of the Womens Six Nations, overseen by Platform13, and executed by Guinness agencies - opening an important conversation around the lack of visibility of women’s sport in the media. This included a creative idea from Platform13 to visually show how little is actually covered in the press and an all important (unfortunate), online abuse/ trolling response strategy.

This campaign was awarded Gold in the Communications category at the Sports Industry Awards, with a host of other nominations.


Never Settle 2022

In 2022, building on ‘visibility’ to drive inclusivity, the next step for Never Settle was through the line application for the Guinness Six Nations (men’s). We led and advised how the platform could credibly integrate into all the plans from a strategic and impact perspective (including updating the original brief to reflect).

Executed by Guinness agencies, the platform impacted everything from media and comms including the TV spot, OOH, PR and social, in stadia activation, nationwide experiential, industry and Rugby union partnerships and sponsorships and both in grocery and in the home activity.

W6N 2022

For the W6N in 2022, Never Settle continued to be the platform that anchored all activity driving inclusivity in Rugby. In addition to leading and advising the brand and rostered agencies from a strategic and impact perspective, Platform13 had identified and outreached to cultural voices such as Black Girls Ruck, who were activated by the brand during the season.


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