Global Ethics Day 2017

Global Ethics Day takes place on the third Wednesday of every October, landing on October 18 in 2017. Global Ethics Day 2017 topics included ethics in business, climate change, personal values, democracy, and human rights. Here are a few highlights:

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a global organization founded in the UK, released a study on Global Ethics Day revealing that a quarter of UK workers have been put under pressure to act unethically at work. “On this Global Ethics Day, we ask you to recommit to ensuring business does the right thing and is a force for good,” wrote ACCA’s chief executive, Helen Brand OBE, and the director of the Institute of Business Ethics, Philippa Foster Back CBE, in a joint full-page letter published in the Financial Times. In addition, the ACCA Singapore office launched its first ever Ethics Film Festival.

In Brazil, the Study Group on Ethics and Sustainability, part of the Business Administration Council for the State of São Paulo (CRA-SP), held a full-day series of free, public presentations on ethics in business, in response to corruption in Brazil. They also planted a tree and launched a physical and virtual time capsule to be opened on Global Ethics Day in 2025.

At The College of Health Sciences, Buraimi University in Oman, the theme was fighting climate change: the dean, students, and government officials planted trees, and students held a clean-up drive and promoted awareness at a local supermarket.

The Geneva-based international network took The Golden Rule, ‘treating others as you would like to be treated,’ as its theme this year, inviting everyone to post stories on how they apply the golden rule in their day-to-day lives. Inspired by, the University of Malawi held a panel discussion looking at the golden rule as it is reflected in Islam, Christianity, Bantu Ethics, and the work of Immanuel Kant.

Many universities worldwide held ethics panels, workshops, and classes, including Bard College and affiliates in New York, New Orleans, Berlin, and East Jerusalem. The University of Oklahoma‘s Integrity Council asked students, “How does contract cheating devalue your education?” and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire asked students “What is the most pressing ethical issue today?”

Photos and blog posts from 2017

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Global Ethics Day procession at the University of Buraimi, Oman
Global Ethics Day: Students at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University discussing ethics, culture, and society
Global Ethics Day with the Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance
Global Ethics Day: UC San Diego participated in the International Center for Academic Integrity’s International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating on Global Ethics Day

2017 Participants


Chancellor College, University of Malawi
Euclid University (Gambia)
Unified Nigerian Youth Forum


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Singapore)
The Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyunghee University (South Korea)
Michael Angelo Liwanag (International Christian University, Tokyo)


Ethics and Reputation Society of Turkey (TEID)
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia)
Perm National Research Polytechnic University (Russia)
Turkish Integrity Center of Excellence (TICE)


Accountancy Europe (Belgium)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants  (ACCA) (United Kingdom)
B-in-EU Jean Monnet Module (Greece)
Bard College Berlin (Germany)
Centre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics (Romania)
City A.M. Newspaper (United Kingdom)
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (Sweden)
El Arbol Foundation (Holland)
Ethicontrol (Ukraine)
The Ethics Incubator (United Kingdom) (Switzerland) 
Institute of Business Ethics (United Kingdom)
International Association For Promoting Geoethics (Italy)
Medical University of Pleven (Bulgaria)
Moldova State University
Philosophical Views Magazine (Serbia)
Sustainable Future Eco Landmarks (SFEL) (Greece)
Times of Malta Newspaper
University of Leicester (United Kingdom)
World Philosophy Network (Serbia)

Middle East

Al Quds Bard College (Jerusalem)
Lebanese University (Beirut)
University of Buraimi (Oman)
University of Wollongong in Dubai (UAE)

North America

Bard College, NY
Bard Early College New Orleans, LA
Bard High School Early College Queens, NY 
Brandeis University, NY 
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, NY
Center for International Ethics, Central Michigan University
College of DuPage, IL  
Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University, Washington DC
Ethics & International Affairs, NY
Indiana University Army ROTC
International Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University
Institute of Management Accountants (NJ)
Mercer University, GA
Pace University, NY
Pax Natura Foundation, UT
Quinnipiac University, CT
Saint Anselm College, NH
Same Sky, NY
Seton Hall University, NJ
Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Stern Strategy Group, MA
Texas Tech University Ethics Center
United States Coast Guard Academy, CT
United States Merchant Marine Academy, NY
United States Military Academy, NY 
University of Arkansas
University of California, San Diego
University of Oklahoma
University of Utah
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
Workday, CA

South America

DeVry Faci (Brazil)
Ethics and Sustainability, GEES CRASP (Brazil)
Writer’s Society of Ramon Romero (Nicaragua)

Global Ethics Day: Poster by Ethics and Reputation Society of Turkey (TEID)
Global Ethics Day: Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance
Global Ethics Day: joint letter in the Financial Times from the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts and the Institute of Business Ethics
Global Ethics Day at the University of California San Diego De Vry Faci Brazil