This Week in Public Relations Ethics (3/11/21): Stupidity, Stupidity and Well, More Stupidity

I like to tell my students that just because something is stupid, doesn’t mean it is unethical. But most stupid things can lead to great discussions on related ethical issues – and boy do we have a lot to talk about this week. From Royals to Racism to Fast Food and Kant, it was tough for me narrowing it down to just a few issues this week

Ethics and Diversity: I Too, Am America – Troy Brown

Troy Brown, the President of one50one, discusses a number of key ethics issues, including:

1) How to respond when people try to marginalize you

2) The unethical myth of we can’t find diverse candidates

3) Ethical issues with influencer marketing

4) Ethics of Blockchain and Digital IP

This Week in PR Ethics (2/25/21) – The World’s Most Ethical Companies, Jeep Cherokee and Is Giving a Scam?

This week there were a number of interesting ethics stories on a wide range of topics. Ethisphere reported that world’s most ethical companies outperform the market by 7.1%, showing you can do well by doing good. There was also a call for Jeep to drop the name Cherokee and questions about ethical issues with charitable giving.

The Changing Landscape of Business Advocacy – Dr. Holly Overton

Dr. Holly Overton, Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina and a senior research fellow with the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication discusses:

1) What to do when you are on a toxic team at work

2) The changing landscape of business advocacy and what it means to PR

3) The rise of corporate social advocacy

4) What we can learn from the Page Principles

This Week in Public Relations Ethics (2/11/21) – Is PR Unethical? How Do You Build a Speak Up Culture?

There were a wide variety of ethics topics this week – from a new roboethics advisor to how to build a speak up culture and which countries most commonly report unethical behavior. Then there were the meta-ethics questions about is PR inherently unethical and is it ethical to ask a reporter questions in advance