Advertising Ethics

The Institute for Advertising Ethics (IAE) serves to inspire advertising, public relations and marketing communications professionals to practice the highest personal ethics in the creation and dissemination of commercial information to consumers. It is administered by the American Advertising Federation. 


Certification Webinars | October 10, 2019

#FreeAdEthicsDay! We are offering our members, and the advertising industry at-large, a FREE 90-minute certificate course presented by the Institute for Advertising Ethics' Wally Snyder. The course will provide insight into the importance of  creating ethical advertising in a competitive business environment. From consumer privacy rights and creating cultural value systems to affirmative disclosures and the regulations behind truth and transparency, this course will cover a wide variety of information geared to educate participants on how to best conduct business justly.

Each session is 90 minutes. Register for one of the time slots below.

12:30 PM 3:00 PM 6:30 PM 

Advertising Ethics

Principles and Practices

Review the nine principles and practices that are the foundation for the Institute for Advertising Ethics.
Institute for Advertising Ethics

Certificate Program

Get your certification in ethics! Workshops available to educational institutions and businesses of all sizes.

Wally Talks on StanTalks

A series of short YouTube videos featuring advice from industry legends.
Advertising Ethics Principles

Process for Endorsing

Discover how you can promote The Institute's principles and practices for advertising ethics.
Advertising Ethics Readings

Recommended Reading

Browse suggested articles and recommended reading surrounding advertising ethics.
Advertising Ethics

Advisory Council

Learn more about the independent council of educators and industry professionals that govern The Institute for Advertising Ethics.

Advertising Trust & Transparency Forum

Benchmark Your Terms for Smarter Contracts.


Ethics in Advertising: The Players, the Rules and the Scorecard

This article is based on a lecture presented at the University of Florida. Wallace S. Snyder, President & CEO, American Advertising Federation, and the Business & Professional Ethics Journal have generously given AEF permission to post this article in its entirety.

Native Advertising: A Guide for Businesses

Marketers and publishers are using innovative methods to create, format, and deliver digital advertising. One form is “native advertising,” content that bears a similarity to the news, feature articles, product reviews, entertainment, and other material that surrounds it online. But as native advertising evolves, are consumers able to differentiate advertising from other content?

Advertising Ethics

Advertising Ethics September 2011, Journal of Advertising Research, Volume 51, No. 3

Commentary: "Making the Case for Enhanced Advertising Ethics - How a New Way of Thinking About Advertising Ethics May Build Consumer Trust" by Wally Snyder