HLS Head Honcho Appointed as PRCA Africa Ethics & Practices Board Representative

The Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) Africa has appointed three prominent industry representatives to lead its Ethics & Practices Network as part of a continent-wide programme to elevate operating standards and overall ethical conduct for communicators and their work across the continent.

These include Dustin Chick (Partner and Managing Director at Razor PR), Bridget von Holdt (co-Market Lead and Managing Director at BCW Africa) and Adam Hunter (Managing Director of Hook Line & Sinker). Given the serious impact of this work and the critical role it serves in driving governance standards and behaviours for the whole sector, Katy Katopodis has been appointed as an independent member of the E&P Board.

Katopodis is currently Editor-in-Chief of Kaya FM and serves on the management committee of the SA National Editors Forum (SANEF).

“It has never been as important to double down on our governance guidelines and ethical conduct as communicators. We are entrusted with the reputations of good companies, brands and people – which places us at the centre of how things are properly communicated. Added to this is the is the dramatic rise of misinformation, and what this means about our role in elevating truth above the noise,” said Chick.

“Naturally, there is a lot to be done – and we cannot expect that we can do what we want all at once. Our initial focus is on three key areas: to work with our global peers to formalise an agency and client charter for Africa, to provide policy and guidelines about artificial intelligence and to drive education on ethics and conduct as much as possible in bringing all African communicators to the fore,” said von Holdt.

“That we are placing this work at the centre of creating a better and responsible communications market in Africa cannot be underestimated. This is a long-term effort to create guidelines that means the work we produce is trusted, and that we do not allow room for anything other than doing the right thing. I am excited for what this means for us all,” said Hunter.

“It is an immense privilege and responsibility to be asked to represent the voice of media in this network. Communicators and journalists have worked with each other for decades, and it is important that we hold each other to account for what communications is provided, how it is received and ultimately how it is used. Having an independent member of this team creates automatic accountability which already places the work this committee will do on the continent above many global peers,” said Katopodis.

About PRCA Africa Ethics & Practices Network

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is the world’s largest professional PR body.

Representing 35,000 PR professionals in 82 countries worldwide, we are a global advocate for excellence in public relations. Our teams across Europe, the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific work with professionals around the world to co-ordinate our operations across six continents.

Our mission is to create a more professional, ethical, and prosperous PR industry. We champion – and enforce – professional standards around the world through our Professional Charter and Code of Conduct. The Code compels members to adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice.

We deliver exceptional training, authoritative industry data, and global networking, and development opportunities.

We also manage the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) – the umbrella body for 41 PR associations and 3,000 agencies across the world. Additionally, we support the delivery of the Motor Industry Communicators Association (MICA).

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