Council of Ethics for Communications (VEN) appoints new members
Council of Ethics for Communications, VEN, is extending as new members have been appointed to the council. Formed in 2015 by ProCom – The Finnish Association of Communication Professionals and Viesti, The Union of Communication professionals, VEN now includes The Finnish Association of Marketing, Technology and Creativity, MTL and JAT (the organisation for communications / PR professionals working for the public sector in Finland).
THE COUNCIL OF ETHICS FOR COMMUNICATIONS 2016-2018
Elisa Juholin, Chairman, Dr (Pol.Sc.) Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research, Media and Communication Studies
Henrik Rydenfelt, Vice-chairman, post-doctoral researcher, PhD, University of Eastern Finland
Elina Melgin, Ph.D., CEO, The Finnish Association of Communication Professionals
Siina Repo, Executive Manager, Viesti, The Union of Communication professionals
Sari-Liia Tonttila, Managing Director, PR agency AC-Sanafor, Chairman of PR Consultancies, The Finnish Association of Marketing Communication agencies
Anna-Leea Hyry, Information Coordinator, City of Tampere
Päivi Sihvola, SVP, Communications, Marketing, HR and Corporate Responsibility, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company
Janne Laukkanen, Head of Communications and Development, Finnish Bar Association
Leif Åberg, Professor emeritus, organizational communication, University of Helsinki, Dept of Social Sciences
DUTIES AND TASKS
The Council of Ethics for Communication addresses ethical issues, acts in an advisory capacity to its constituent organizations and promotes good practices in professional communication. The constituent organizations of the Council adhere to the Communication Code of Ethics. Altogether thousands of communication professionals are now engaging in the actions of VEN.
The Council is responsible for devising and maintaining the Communication Code of Ethics. The constituent organizations of the Council adhere to the Communication Code of Ethics and promote the Code within the activities of their membership.
In its Statements of Opinion, the Council assesses the ethical appropriateness of practices in the field of professional communications at a general level. The Council does not pass judgment concerning the engagement, in such practices, of an individual or an organization. The Statements of Opinion of the Council are founded on the Communication Code of Ethics.
The Council sustains discussion on the ethics of professional communication. The Chair of the Council may present public comments and appraisals concerning current issues and topics after consulting with the other members of the Council.
The Council presents recommendations for professional communication and provides counsel to the Boards of its constituent organizations. The Council does not engage in commercial activities.
With respect to its tasks, the Council receives information and questions from the members of its constituent organizations, and information from the public. The Council forms opinions and responses at its own discretion.