Aside from everything discussed at hearings in Washington, there were a number of interesting ethics articles over the past few weeks.
- PRCA calls out disguised earned media – This PRovoke article highlights how PRCA recently called out the unethical practice of hidden pay for play (or payola for all of us of a certain age). It highlights reports of a UK PR agency offering secret payment to journalists for including clients in editorial coverage. This is a totally unacceptable practice and goes against PR codes of ethics and FTC rules. Thanks to @tressalynne for sharing this.
- Misinformation is an international threat – While I am mentioning @tressalyne, I loved this article she wrote earlier this month for @burellesUS that highlights how 70% of Americans say the spread of misinformation online is a major international threat, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Check out the article for more chilling data.
- When is talking about ethics advertising? – I came across the Mother Jones article after listening to Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now at the Newport Folk Festival (if you click, have tissues ready). It asks if a New York Times columnist asking about ethics advice on his new cider brand is actually an ad.
- A new code of ethics – This Washington Post article looks at the lack of a code of ethics for the Supreme Court and what that means in practice.
- Business integrity does not exist in a silo – I tend to share articles from HBR, but this week, I wanted to share something from the Sloan Management Review at MIT. It looks at how companies can put a greater holistic focus on the G in ESG and move away from check the box responses.
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