Why Doesn’t PRSA Identify Code of Ethics Violators and Sanction Unethical Behavior?
The PRSA Code of Ethics focuses on helping practitioners learn how to be ethical and to detect, deter and avoid unethical behavior. Still, unethical behavior continues, and it frustrates those of us who believe strongly in best practices and feel our profession and our personal reputations are damaged by the unethical behavior of others. That feeling often leads to a call for PRSA to enforce the Code through punishment and sanctions.
To address these concerns, and to fully address PRSA’s history with ethics enforcement, members of the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS) prepared the following essays, which offer significant detail and perspective about PRSA’s education versus enforcement strategy:
- PRSA Code of Ethics Moves From Enforcement to Inspiration, by Kathy R. Fitzpatrick, APR, JD, past member, BEPS
- Why PRSA Can’t Punish, by James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, CCEP, co-chair, BEPS
For additional information regarding PRSA’s stance on ethical communications, email the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards.