This Week in PR Ethics (6/17/21): Lying, Backlash, Data and Awards

There were so many ethics issues this past week, it was a challenge to just pick a few.  But the good news is – there is always next week. But for now, I have curated articles on lying, racial equality, data supply chains and interns.


  • Entrepreneurs and lying – HBR never disappoints when it comes to ethics, and this article continues the trend. It is an in-depth look at entrepreneurs, lying and rationalization. It is going to be a must-read in my class in the fall and every professional should take a few minutes to read it.



  • Ethics of data supply chains – The ethics of physical supply chains are often discussed (and I will have an interview on it Monday) – but this article looks at ethics and data supply chains.


  • Pay your PR interns! – For years, PRSA has spoken out about unpaid internships being unethical. CPRS in Canada has now spoken out against the practice as well. In short: stop.


  • EthicalVoices is now an award-winning podcast! – Finally, this week the PR Club of New England gave EthicalVoices a Bronze Bell for Outstanding Podcast. Considering this is a passion project, and I can’t link it to business ROI, I am overjoyed and deeply honored.
Mark McClennan, APR, Fellow PRSA
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Mark W. McClennan, APR, Fellow PRSA, is the general manager of C+C's Boston office. C+C is a communications agency all about the good and purpose-driven brands. He has more than 20 years of tech and fintech agency experience, served as the 2016 National Chair of PRSA, drove the creation of the PRSA Ethics App and is the host of


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