About us

Working for ethical leadership

Globethics is an international non-governmental organisation working for ethical leadership through higher education and global engagement.

Registered in Geneva, Switzerland, as an independent, not-for-profit foundation with an international Board, and affiliated centres across the globe, Globethics seeks to be inclusive of diverse cultural, religious, philosophical, and humanist ethical wisdoms, and to be the bridge between the different world views on ethical issues.

Founded in 2004 at an international workshop convened by ethics professor Christoph Stückelberger, Globethics was created as a global network with an online platform for exchange and access to knowledge resources on ethics, to address societal challenges.

The network of individual participants and cooperation partners has grown over the years along with the organisation’s activities, including the establishment of the leading open digital library on ethics; a multilingual publishing house; accredited online courses; representations in Asia, Africa and South America; in addition to the organisation of the Global Ethics Forum and other engagement, research, training, and capacity building projects.

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Vision, mission and values

Our Vision

Ethical leadership for a just, inclusive and sustainable world.

Our Mission

Equipping individuals and institutions for ethical thinking, decision-making and action through higher education and policy engagement from cross-cultural and global perspectives.

Our Values

  • Justice
  • Peace
  • Dignity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Quality
  • Sustainability
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility

Our Theory of Change

Globethics aims to achieve transformative change with its global network of higher education institutions and thought leaders, integrating applied ethics at the heart of academic activity and global policy dialogue, leading to innovative ethical solutions, especially for environmental justice, digital and emerging technologies, inclusive peace, and responsible governance. To achieve this goal, Globethics:

  • Empowers and equips students and professionals through higher education, including executive education programs in ethics,
  • Develops and disseminates knowledge about applied ethics through networking, collaborative research, publications and open access resources,
  • Supports ethical standard setting and implementation for institutional development,
  • Engages with policy makers on the international, national, regional and local governmental level, and at the higher education institution level, in multi-stakeholder academic and policy dialogues on global issues for transformative ethical leadership.