CIPR launches Ethics Festival



The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has today launched Ethics Festival 2016 - a programme of initiatives aimed at championing ethical practice and highlighting the ethical duties of public relations practitioners.

Throughout October, the CIPR will publish guidance and host events across the UK aimed at educating CIPR members and the wider PR profession on key ethical issues impacting public relations.

Ethics Festival highlights include a CIPR Corporate and Financial Group event on Protecting reputation: the legal issues and remedies, featuring a presentation from defamation lawyer David Summerhayes on what defamation law means for PR professionals.

On Monday 17 October, the CIPR will join forces with #CommsChat for a tweet chat on ethics. Members are invited to submit suggestions for questions via Twitter @CIPR_UK. Further details on the tweet chat will be announced in due course.

Following the recent publication of the Integrity guide, the Institute will also publish a new skills guide - 'The Ethics of Paid and Earned Media', worth 5 CPD points.

Eva Maclaine FCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Professional Practices Committee
Ethics is not a tick-box exercise. Ethical principles need to be thoroughly engrained into a PR practitioners' DNA. It is what differentiates us from other practitioners who simply have skills with no ethical competence and shows that we are true professionals.
It is our role to encourage ethical conduct at all organisational levels and offer strategic advice for the benefit of organisations and society at large.
The Ethics Festival programme is an exciting range of initiatives that promote knowledge sharing and practical guidance for practitioners on the ethical challenges they can encounter on a daily basis.

Eva Maclaine FCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Professional Practices Committee

Further information on the Ethics Festival can be found on the CIPR website.

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is by far the biggest member organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).