This Week in PR Ethics: 1/23/2020: Corporate Ethics Gap, Disinformation and Cheating is Not Condoned

Today starts a new chapter in EthicalVoices. Every Thursday I will share ethical issues of the week. The objective is to highlight key issues for educators to use in their classrooms and professionals to use in their organizations.

This week we look at the corporate ethics gap, disinformation and how cheating is not condoned.

Ethical Challenges with the Growing Cancel Culture – Paul Omodt

Paul Omodt, the principal of Omodt and Associates and crisis expert discusses a number of key ethics issues, including:

1) Why speed is not always your ally
2) Ethical challenges with the growing “cancel culture”
3) How to seek forgiveness for an ethical lapse
4) How one man gained forgiveness after saying the N word and losing his job

What to Do When You Are Asked to Protect a Large Donor’s Reputation – Shonali Burke

Shonali Burke, a growth strategist and social expert discusses a number of ethical challenges. Including:

1) What to do when you are asked to protect a large donor’s reputation
2) Will public relations ever overcome its legacy of spin
3) New challenges with transparency and disclosure
4) How PR agencies need to adapt

Ethical Issues in Healthcare PR and the Challenges of Data Permanence – Erica Sniad Morgenstern

Erica Sniad Morgenstern, the vice president of marketing communications of Welltok, discusses a number of important ethical issues, including:
1) Challenges of talking a tough stand with senior executives to keep your organization on message
2) Data permanence and one thing to never do if you issue incorrect data
3) Ethical issues created by the decline of original reporting
4) Ethical issues in the healthcare/HCIT industry
5) Why the best ethics advice may come from the TSA

The Most Popular Ethics Blogs and Podcasts of 2019

In this week between Christmas and New Years, many people are at work looking for an escape. Some people are at home and also looking for an escape.

Luckily for you, I am here to help. This year, EthicalVoices celebrated its first birthday. As the year comes to a close, I wanted to share the most popular Ethics blogs and podcasts of 2019. All of them are great, but if you missed a few, these are the ones people like the most.

Being an Effective Counselor During Difficult and Heart-Wrenching Ethical Situations – Michelle Egan

Michelle Egan, the chief communications officer of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company discusses a number of key ethical issues including:
• Who owns the work you create at a company? And what do you do when a former co-worker asks for it?
• What to do when your company’s equipment causes the death a Middle schooler?
• Fighting the attack on the free flow of information
• How do you balance privacy with transparency?

The Most Ethical PR Professionals Don’t Just Fight Fires, They Prevent Them – Melanie Ensign

Melanie Ensign the head of security, privacy, and engineering communications for Uber discusses:

1) Why the best PR pros focus on stopping fires before they begin, rather than responding to a crisis
2) The ethical and cognitive challenges of marketing with FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt)
3) Why SCUBA diving is a great guide for change management
4) Common ethical mistakes with measurement – and why we need to stop confusing coverage with action

Ethical Issues With Product Recalls and Cannabis – Loring Barnes

Loring Barnes, APR, Fellow, PRSA, an independent practitioner and Chair of her town’s Selectboard, discusses a number of key ethical issues including:
• Tough ethical decisions during product recalls
• How communicators should approach ethical issues around cannabis
• The quickest path to redemption after making an ethical lapse