The importance of writing a company profile is often overlooked. Your company profile can be an effective tool for presenting your organisation to the rest of the world. Despite the rise of the internet and social media, there still is a place for the traditional company profile that doesn’t directly sell products or services, but builds the image and credibility of a business.
As a company profile writer, I will share what I have learned since beginning company profile writing in 2005.
What is a company profile?
Also called a business profile or corporate profile, a company profile summarises an organisation’s purpose, history, function, and outlook. A well-written business profile makes it possible to quickly and easily present key information to the media, potential customers and investors, and the general public.
What should be included when writing a company profile?
Having written many company profiles for a wide range of organisations, I will share my insights as a company profile writer.
There’s no exact formula for writing a company profile. The type of information you include and the length of the company profile will depend on your organisation and what you are trying to achieve.
Here are a few items that are typically included when writing a company profile.
- Mission statement – summarising the company’s purpose.
- Leader’s message – a short message from the CEO/Director can briefly explain the mission, goals, achievements and importance of the business in a broader context.
- General overview of what your business does – this can include a brief explanation of the types of products and/or services offered. It’s not necessary to go into detail, as this can be covered in product or service brochures and website.
- Company history – established businesses often have notable stories behind them about past successes and the challenges they have overcome. New businesses might be able to highlight the experience of the founders and what inspired them to begin the venture.
- Successes and milestones – this can include short case studies explaining how your company has helped its customers and an overview of important accomplishments.
- Awards and certifications – include any awards or industry certifications that are required to do your work.
- Profiles of key personnel – these should be in a consistent style and include the same type of information. When writing staff profiles, we ask these questions for creating staff profiles to get the information needed.
- Corporate governance – your approach to meeting legal requirements.
- Social responsibility – how your business aligns its values and behaviour with the expectations and needs of stakeholders — customers, investors, employees, suppliers, communities, and society as a whole.
- Company culture – this could include your organisation’s outlook when it comes to staff development, occupational health and safety, and the overall work environment.
- Financial performance – if a publicly traded company, include a summary of the most recent financial data.
By no means is this a complete list; your company profile might need to cover other subject areas not included here. For most of these sections, the key questions to ask when writing a company profile are “What makes us stand out from others?” and “What makes us memorable?”
The aim of writing a company profile is to lift your organisation’s image and raise its credibility. So it’s okay to boast a bit about your company and its achievements when taking on the role of company profile writer.
Here are examples of company profiles we have written, including a business overview for a multinational company. The type of content you include in your company profile will depend on your business, the intended readers and your goals.
If you need assistance with writing a company profile , please contact us to speak with a company profile writer about our company profile writing services.
If you are thinking about writing a company history, visit Tips for Writing a Company History.
Michael Gladkoff, Company Profile Writer