​PRCA issues eight point ethical challenge to industry

Speaking at the African Public Relations Association conference in Botswana this morning, Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said: “Our industry took a major step forward last year when it expelled Bell Pottinger. But we have more to do if we are to achieve our potential, and prove without doubt our ethical professionalism. “That is why I have today, in the part of the world where our industry faced up to its stiffest ever challenge, laid down eight challenges: 1. The industry must toughen its Codes 2. The industry must…

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CIPR #AIinPR panel welcomes Lords’ Select Committee Report on Artificial Intelligence

The CIPR’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) panel has welcomed a report published today called AI in the UK: ready, willing and able, by the House of Lords Select Committee on AI. The House of Lords Committee – chaired by CIPR Honorary Fellow Lord Clement Jones – suggests that AI is a huge opportunity for the UK economy both in terms of growth and productivity. It calls on the Government to claim a global leadership position and put forward its own practical ideas for the development and application of AI. The report warns…

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Scotland looks at creating an ethical publicly-owned investment bank

A Scottish National Investment Bank is one step closer, following the publication of the implementation plan. Developed by Benny Higgins, CEO of Tesco Bank, the plan has recommendations covering the remit, governance, operating model and financing of the new bank. The plan recommends that the bank should: Be publicly-owned and mission-driven, focused on supporting Scotland’s economic priorities and promoting inclusive growth Operate in an ethical and transparent way Cowork to crowd in, not crowd out, private sector investment Be supported by long-term capitalisation of at least £2 billion over the…

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Charities and ethics – when charities fall short

It’s been a turbulent few weeks for charities worldwide with some truly horrifying reports being made into the actions of several large and respected charities such as Oxfam, Save the Children and even the UN. Reports include the widespread use of sex workers, and the trade of sex for aid. We, quite rightly, hold our charities to higher standards than most businesses, and we wouldn’t tolerate this from anyone so it seems even more shocking when it involves charities. I think this proves there needs to be a fundamental shift…

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Global public relations associations commit to enhancing public trust through ethics

The current crisis in trust is diminishing the ability for institutions, governments and organisations to operate effectively in society. Fake news and an inappropiate use of automated communications in particular, erode trust and reputations in our institutions. To counteract this and take a leading position on the global practice of public relations, several professional associations met in Madrid to explore possible enhancements to their codes of ethics that, as a whole, guide hundreds of thousands of professionals around the world. Participants in this global discussion on codes of ethics agreed…

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