PRSA stands for Public Relations Society of America and is the world’s largest organization of public relations professionals. It was chartered in 1947 and provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession.
Like many other organizations, PRSA has a code of ethics in which they chose to stand by. PRSA’s code of ethics is intended to help its members to make ethical decisions. The Public Relations Society of America is dedicated to making ethical decisions. The PRSA code of ethics is very detailed and describes in a Preamble what is found in the code of ethics. Advocacy, Honesty, Expertise, Independence, Loyalty ,and Fairness are all things included in their Statement of Professional Values.
There is a Code of Ethics Pledge that PRSA Members sign in which they are to adhere to:
To conduct myself professionally, with truth, accuracy, fairness, and responsibility to the public; To improve my individual competence and advance the knowledge and proficiency of the profession through continuing research and education; And to adhere to the articles of the Member Code of Ethics 2000 for the practice of public relations as adopted by the governing Assembly of the Public Relations Society of America.
I understand and accept that there is a consequence for misconduct, up to and including membership revocation.
And, I understand that those who have been or are sanctioned by a government agency or convicted in a court of law of an action that is in violation of this Code may be barred from membership or expelled from the Society.