‘Former MPs cannot exercise influence for commercial gain’ – PRCA responds to David Cameron reports

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has responded to reports that former Prime Minister David Cameron allegedly lobbied Whitehall to increase access to emergency COVID-19 loans schemes for a private company. Reports suggest David Cameron used his influence amongst former colleagues to secure access to funding for financial services company, Greensill Capital. The organisation now faces bankruptcy and owes debts of up $1.75bn. Public Affairs Board Chair Liam Herbert CMPRCA: “It is difficult to ignore the irony of a former PM who targeted the ethical and regulated practices of…

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‘Empathy and ethics must form the heart of PR’s recovery’ – 2020 PRCA PR Census

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has published the results of its flagship annual PR and Communications Census. This year’s study combines data gathered in March and October to offer a comparative snapshot of the PR industry before and after the COVID-19 outbreak. The research, sponsored and carried out by Norstat, is based on survey responses from 1,251 PR professionals across the UK. The 2020 Census data gathered in March shows that the industry was on course for another year of growth, having contributed £15.7bn to the economy and…

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PR firm backs charity call to improve ethics of social media

Campaign Collective has backed a coalition of 37 charities urging social media owners to take action against hate speech online. The social enterprise, which helps charities and other campaigners with their PR & communications, has joined the suspension of all advertising spending on Facebook in July. Facebook’s policies for addressing hate speech are under increasing global scrutiny as big businesses boycott advertising on the platform. But the reality is that this is a problem for any organisation which uses their platforms.  Campaign Collective will join 37 UK charities in forming a working group…

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UNESCO Gathers Bioethics And Ethics Experts From Eastern Africa To Discuss Ethical Issues Raised By COVID-19 In The Region

On 13 May 2020, the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector organized a Webinar under the theme “Managing Covid-19 pandemic within ethical principles: A reflection on the current and future situation in the Eastern Africa Region”.  It drew experts, from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Comoros, including representatives from National Ethics and Bioethics Committees (NBCs), and further amplified their voices with update provided, experiences shared and reflections and ideas brought forward on current and future implications of COVID-19 pandemic in the region. In her welcoming remarks, the Director of…

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Fewer people believe “business behaves ethically” IBE Business Ethics Survey finds

A report by the Institute of Business Ethics – ‘Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics 2019‘ – highlights a fall in those who regard business as behaving ethically. While the majority of those asked believe business does behave very or fairly ethically, this has fallen from 62% to 57% in the last 12 months.  The same top three issues raised as concerns by the public in 2018 remain the same in 2019; tax avoidance (33%), executive pay (29%) and environmental responsibility (28%) – the latter identified as a top…

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