The financial crisis and various international scandals are widely viewed as having eroded trust in the banking sector, leading to calls for banks to act urgently to rebuild trust among stakeholders. This chapter examines one type of stakeholder communication, namely press releases on the subject of customer complaints, and aims to identify mechanisms by which the UK bank Barclays engages with customers as a means of regaining their trust. It shows that, through reader reference and transitivity structures in which readers (and writer) are projected into particular roles, Barclays seeks to demonstrate ability and benevolence, two of the three dimensions of an organisation’s trustworthiness (Mayer et al. 1995), and that the emphasis shifts from one to the other over time.
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- Press releases
- Trust rebuilding
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- Linguistics and Language