Committee Room number 10 in the House of Commons in London was the setting in the evening of July 7 for a vibrant debate on a big topic, formally titled "Wearable technology is an ethical nightmare for the communications, marketing and PR professions." Organized by The Debating Group and sponsored by the CIPR, the motion was proposed by Stephen Davies and seconded by me; and opposed by Stephen Waddington and seconded by Claire Walker. About 100 people formed the audience, many of whom … [Read more...] about The only way is ethics #PRethics
One of the great things about the Ethics Awareness Month initiative from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is that it helps focus clear attention on a core issue in the profession that, in many people's minds, needs that attention.It doesn't matter a bit that the PRSA's initiative happens to be organized by the professional body that represents practitioners in the USA. To give full credit to them (as well as recognize some good common sense at work), it's very open - anyone with a … [Read more...] about Being inclusive about PR ethics
The subject of ethics in public relations often provokes strong opinions from people, especially when questionable practices fall under the critical spotlight - as Scott Adams so cannily grasped in this Dilbert cartoon in August. Ethics in PR issues from the past few years that readily come to my mind range from Edelman's shattered pedestal over not one but two Wal-Mart kerfuffles in 2006; the anti-astroturfing campaign by Trevor Cook and Paull Young in that same year; ongoing PR spam (very … [Read more...] about So what will you do for ethics in PR?