Every media outlet and social channel is blanketed with Presidential election coverage. This blog will give you a break from it all. We will look at ethical issues of the week that have nothing to do with elections: philotimy, racism and disclosure.
- The power of virtue – One of my favorite publications is the Harvard Business Review. There was a great article this week that takes a different look at what might be driving ESG and triple bottom line efforts. It states that those are visible representations of an Ancient Greek ideal – corporate philotimy. Philotimy is “decency, dignity, honesty, altruism, and a dozen other ideals encapsulating what it means to live with integrity. It is greater than the individual, with a person’s act of philotimo reflecting positively on his or her family, community, organization, and society.”
- What to do when your company brand is racist – While I love the Harvard Business Review, I rarely reference two of their stories in a blog post, but this week I have to. They present a fascinating case study on what to do when your company brand has a racist past and connections. I find the comments and opinions from executives almost as interesting as the case study itself.
- Disclosure and astroturfing – While I am avoiding discussion of presidential politics this c/net article is a great example of organizations using potentially biased polling to reinforce their claims and positions. As I tell my students and clients – strategically, we always need to look at where the information is coming from, and ethically we need to always disclose where the information we use comes from.
- This Week in PR Ethics (1/27/22): Front Groups, Misinformation and Historical Transgressions - January 27, 2022
- What do you do when you fire a client who has prepaid you? Lisa Gerber - October 18, 2021
- Why businesses need to stick to their purpose and avoid wokewashing – Rebekah Iliff - September 13, 2021