Global Ethics Day 2018

Together, let’s work to make ethics matter. Global Ethics Day takes place on the third Wednesday of every October, landing on October 17 in 2018.

Get ideas and inspiration, background material on issues of global ethics, and much more on the Resources page.

Explore photos and blog posts from Global Ethics Day events in 2017 and 2016.

And please let us know how you plan to participate, and send us your ideas for activities and events — we’ll list them here!

Please scroll down for the Participants Map, Participants List, a selection of your plans and ideas for Global Ethics Day 2018, and see photos and videos of 2018 activities.

Social media posts from 2018

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Global Ethics Day “Framing the Question,” Margaret Murphy, Artist-in-Residence, and students at Central Michigan University, October 2016

2018 Participants

Global Organizations

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) 
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
CFA Institute
C2G2 (Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative)
Intel Corporation
International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI)
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
Women in International Security (WIIS)


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Botswana
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Kenya
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Malawi
Association of Chartererd Certified Accountants (ACCA), Mauritius
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Nigeria
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), South Africa
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Tanzania
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Zambia
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Zimbabwe
Auditor General South Africa
Braveheart International (Uganda)
Everyday Ethics (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
Ethics Practitioners’ Association (EPA) (South Africa)
Graphen Communications Company (Nigeria)
H.E.L.P. Foundation For Students Rights (Nigeria)
JP Executive Communications, Johannesburg (South Africa)
MTN Group (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
Outreach Social Care Project – OSCAR (Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa)
Pedabo (Nigeria)
Sophiatown Community Psychological Services (South Africa)
University of Abuja (Nigeria)
University of Ghana


Aruf Shah Private Limited (Pakistan)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Beijing (China)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Hong Kong, with CFA Institute, and the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts (HKSFA)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), India
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Malaysia
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Nepal
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Pakistan with the Pakistan Business Council
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Singapore, with Singapore Film Society
Alternative Development and Research Centre (India)
Barrett Hodgson University (Pakistan)
BRAC University (Bangladesh)
Centre for Ethics, Politics, and Global Affairs, The Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi (India)
Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (CERB) (Pakistan)
Crowe Maldives LLP (Maldives)
GCA Consultants (Pakistan)
Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan
The Millennium University College (Pakistan)
Punjab Board of Investment & Trade (Pakistan)
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (India)
Society of Business Ethics & Responsibility Forum (SOBER Pakistan)
Tuguegarao City Science High School (The Philippines)


The Ethics Centre

Caribbean Islands

Cay-Shred (Cayman Islands)
File-Safe (Cayman Islands)
NAGICO Insurances (St. Maarten)

Central America

Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras (UTH)


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Kazakhstan
Association Mtsosneli – Innovation Research Center (Georgia)
CFA Society, Ukraine
Ethics and Reputation Society of Turkey (TEID) (Ukraine)
Incekaralar (Turkey)
Istinye University (ISU) Foreign Languages Institute, Istanbul (Turkey)
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia) 
Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı (Turkey)
St. Andrew the First-Called Georgian University (SANGU) (Georgia)
Standard Profil Group (Turkey)
Tajik State University of Law, Business, and Politics (Tajikistan)
VEON Armenia (Trademark Beeline)
Women and Girls in Foreign Policy and Diplomacy (Georgia)


All Ladies League Women Economic Forum Chapter of Belgrade (Serbia)
Association of Chartered Certified Accoutnants (ACCA), Bristol, with the University of West England
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Czech Republic
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), London, United Kingdom
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Hull network, with the Wilberforce Institute, The University of Hull (United Kingdom)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Poland
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Romania
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), West Surrey  with the World Wildlife Fund UK (WFF UK)
Audit Scotland (United Kingdom)
Chamber of Certified Accountants (Czech Republic)
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (Sweden)
Dickinson College Center, Bologna (Italy)
Ethics & Trust in Finance, Observatoire de la Finance (Switzerland)
ETTHICA Consultants (Spain)
European Network for Academic Integrity
Flogas Ireland Ltd.
Forum Sozialethik (Germany)
Harold Goodwin, WTM (World Travel Market) (United Kingdom)
Institute of Business Ethics (United Kingdom)
International Association for Promoting Geoethics (Italy)
Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care (HPSC) (United Kingdom)
Medical University of Pleven (Bulgaria)
Mendelova Univerzita v Brně (Czech Republic)
The Philosopher’s Eye (United Kingdom)
Philosophical Views Magazine (Serbia)
Springer – Ethics Publications (The Netherlands)
Universitário de Lisboa, Centro de Estudos Internacionais (Portugal)
University of Minho, Centre for Ethics, Politics, and Society (Portugal)
UK Doorstep Choice (Ltd) (United Kingdom)
Vistula University with UN Global Compact (Polish Office) (Poland)
World Philosophy Network (Serbia)

Middle East

Capital Private School (Oman)
CFA Society, Bahrain
Education for Employment (Middle East and North Africa – MENA)
University of Buraimi College of Health Sciences (Oman)
University of Wollongong, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

North America

Army ROTC, Indiana University
Bard College, NY
Business Ethics Alliance, NE 
Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, CEO, the Institute for High-Character Leadership Forbes Contributor (United States)
Cargill (United States)
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, NY
The Center for International Ethics at Central Michigan University
CFA Society, Calgary (Canada)
CFA Society, Vancouver (Canada)
Defence Ethics Programme – National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces with the Royal Canadian Air Force
Dickinson College, PA
Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, Washington DC
Ethics & International Affairs, NY
Florida Gulf Coast University
Humber College (Canada)
James Madison University, VA
The Knox School, NY
Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University, SC
Markkula Ethics Center, Santa Clara University, CA
Mercer University School of Law, GA
Mt. Lebanon High School, PA
Pax Natura Foundation, UT
Saint Anselm University, Center for Ethics in Business and Governance, NH
Simon Fraser University (Canada)
South Shore Public Libraries (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Texas Tech University Ethics Center 
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, NY
Trust Across America (United States)
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, AK
University of California, San Diego
University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll, Ethics & Integrity
University of Utah 
Water Ethics Network (United States)
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT

South America

Compliance Ecuador
Conselho Regional de Administração de São Paulo, CRA-SP (Brazil)
Estácio (Brazil)
Group of Excellence and Sustainability (GEES) (Brazil)
Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Venezuela)

Your Plans and Ideas

“I held a session of my social art project HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION on Global Ethics Day in the New York Public Library…My purpose is to ground people, including myself, by handwriting documents created for the purpose of protecting human rights.” Morgan O’Hara, HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION, NY

“On Global Ethics Day 2018, the Knox School Philosophy and Religion class explored trending moral issues affecting the world. We discussed a wide array of topics from corruption, international justice, fairness and responsibility. The Philosophy class will also host a Ethics Film series as a weekend activity. Overall we got a greater appreciation of ethics in international affairs.”  Arieanto Sutrisno, Philosophy Teacher, Knox School, NY

“We prepared national flags which participants could colour, and encouraged them to research the country in question and evaluate whether they had ethical governance, fair treatment of citizens etc. They got the flags through a random draw.”Claudine Carey Schwager, South Shore Public Library Branches, Nova Scotia, Canada 

“The Capital Private School in Muscat is committed to instill in students consciousness of value centered living, and ethical practice. The school’s motto is ‘Educate, Empower, Excel.’ In consonance with such a noble motto the school endeavors to expose the students to larger ethical issues that impact upon the future. The school’s participation in this year’s Global Ethics Day marks a beginning of a journey for the students toward achievement of the goals of ethical, and value centered life. This school is the first from the GCC  region of the Middle East to participate in the Global Ethics Day celebrations 2018.” Dr. J F Thomas, Capital Private School,  Muscat, Oman

While acting with integrity is core to Intel’s everyday values, on October 17, 2018, Intel celebrated “Global Ethics Day” for the first time. The day reinvigorated discussions with our employees and leaders around the world about the importance of ethics at Intel and Intel as a World’s Most Ethical Company. Intel also posted, “What Does Ethics Mean to You?” —Intel Corporation

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding posted a blog, “What does Global Ethics Day mean in today’s world?

Bruce Weinstein, the Ethics Guy, wrote a Global Ethics Day article For “I asked 20 successful leaders what ‘ethics’ means to them.”

“Society of Business Ethics & Responsibility Forum ( SOBER Pakistan) is a forum established to create awareness of Business Ethics among its members and general public. We want our members, business leaders and decision makers in corporate world to perform their social responsibility towards the society. On Global Ethics Day, 2018 we are encouraging our members and visitors of our page to pledge that We maintain best ethical practices in our businesses to be a responsible member of Society. Further, our core values and business ethics should always prevail in all that we do. We are also spreading awareness on this day through our facebook page, through forum meeting and through awareness sessions at different locations.
I would like that on Global Ethics Day each year a pledge statement be signed (electronically/ or in written form) signed by each participant / member of participant organizations so that we all have our pledges with us for the next year. Further, through this we will also be able to know that how many people have actually responded to us on this day.” SOBER Pakistan

For Global Ethics Day,  Institute of Business Ethics Director Philippa Foster Back contributed a blog post, “Every Day is Ethics Day.”

“ special edition newsletter focuses on #GlobalEthicsDay: Ethics in Action-Ethics in Teaching. Discover all the resources and events for teachers, educators and researcher: …—

“The employment outlook for women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) differs dramatically across countries, classes, and communities, and no single story or statistic could contain this complexity. But there is a clear regional trend: Women are dramatically underrepresented in the workplace, with only 24 percent employed—far lower than the 60 percent across OECD countries. —Mariel, Education for Employment, Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This contribution for Global Ethics Day 2018 includes the article, Unlocking the Potential of Young Working Women in the Middle East and North Africa.

“We`ll organize a movie screening (selected movie “Rogue Trader”), we’ll place flip charts with open topics/questions to allow all employee to write their answers, thoughts regarding ethics in our company in in community at whole. The special communication from Compliance Function will be communicated to all employees.”  — Marieta, VEON Armenia (Trademark Beeline)

“In honor of your global ethics celebration next week, we have chosen to use that day to introduce a new and unique program, The Country Trust Index™ Rankings, that we have been developing since late last spring…Our mission is to help organizations build trust and this ranking is designed to create even greater exposure to the importance of elevating trust & ethics in institutions around the globe. The rankings will be posted on our website on October 17.” Barbara, Trust Across America

“As part of UCSD’s Changemaker Campus program, a number of activities are planned across campus for Global Ethics Day.”  —Diana, University of California, San Diego

“Our guest speaker is Krystina Crolla-Barker, who will be sharing her experience of recruiting young people to her research project in a talk entitled ‘Decision-making in young people affected by cancer: An ethical dilemma.'” —Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care (HPSC), United Kingdom

“On 17th October 2018 we are going to organize the annual conference of the Chamber with a topic regarding ‘Creative Accounting.’ We want to discuss issues what is still in the scope of accounting rules/requirements and what is beyond, what is unethical, what is illegal. The speakers are representatives of Czech Ministry of Finance, the Supreme Administrative Court, Chamber of Auditors and Business Associations. The members of our Chamber are under the Code of Ethics and we regularly discuss related issues.” —Libor, Chamber of Certified Accountants, Czech Republic

“We are going to pose a handful of ethical questions to our member organizations and affiliates around the globe about the importance of ethics in our line of work, and some salient debates. To do so, we will write blog posts on three specific ethical questions, and advertise these discussions to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.” Sarah, Women in International Security

“We would love to organize a 1 day ethics conference for school teachers who are involved in the ethics learning at schools and promote the the idea to support ethical teaching at schools.” Megi, Association Mtsodneli – Innovation Research Center, Georgia

“Three years ago we launched the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating to occur on Global Ethics Day. For the day, institutions around the world sign up to speak up and out against contract cheating. They are asked to do events on their campus, but specifically to conduct ‘white board declarations’ where people write on white boards why contract cheating is wrong and/or why they choose to excel with integrity. We ask them to spread these messages on social media using #defeatthecheat and #excelwithintegrity.” Tricia, International Center for Academic Integrity

“Dr. David Rutledge, Furman Emeritus Professor of Religion, will speak on ‘Extending the Boundaries of Our Caring: The Challenge of Global Ethics.'” — Nancy, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University, South Carolina

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)—an intergovernmental organisation based in Singapore with a constituency of 51 Asian and European countries, the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union—is organising a large-scale youth evening between 15-19 October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The event, the 3rd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS3), is very much aligned with the Global Ethics Day as it is themed under the topic of “Ethical Leadership.” 

“The IAPG will celebrate the 2nd International Geoethics Day on 18 October 2018 .This initiative was born in 2017 with the aim to raise the awareness of the geoscience community and society about the importance of geoethics. The geoethics day falls during the Earth Science Week and close to the Ethics Day and will be the occasion to strongly reaffirm the geoethical values in which geoscientists believe and that are the foundations of the IAPG.” — Giuseppe, The International Association for Promoting Geoethics, Italy

“Talking about what global ethics mean during Philosophy class” — Arieanto, The Knox School, New York

“We will be taking global ethics awareness to school children in Enugu – State, through activities like, tree planting, debate on global issues and the self esteem of the girl-child in school.”. —  Graphen Communications Company, Nigeria

Medical University of Pleven is planning a Day of Bioethics on October 17. Official languages are English and Bulgarian. For more information, click here:

“Our speaker will be Ambassador Prudence Bushnell, and she will be speaking about her experience as Ambassador in Nairobi at the time of the Embassy Bombing.  She also has a new book out on October 1st, entitled, Terrorism, Betrayal and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings. —  Chris, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

“On #globalethicsday2018 the business world wakes up to ethics with ACCA, Carnegie Council, and CFA Institute.”  Check out the ACCA microsite to find out about their events around the world, including film festivals in Hong Kong and Singapore, global ethics roundtables in Europe and Africa, and more:

“Join us on #globalethicsday2018, October 17, as we welcome award-winning author to campus! Helon will speak on “Religion, Politics and the Literary Landscape in Contemporary Nigeria.”  — Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance, New Hampshire

“We are considering arranging a business breakfast, or a night afterwork event. This year we plan to invite speakers from UNIC (network of companies willing to promote integrity) or from some other NGO. Additionally, we’re considering showing some videos prior discussion.” — Oleg,, Ukraine

The Center for International Ethics at Central Michigan University is holding an event on October 12: “Ask the Ambassador with His Excellency Oh Joon, former S. Korean Ambassador to the United Nations.”

“The Vistula University and the Global Compact (Polish office) will organize the screening of the movie ‘Center of the Storm’ followed by panel discussion in memoriam of former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.” — Bartlomiej, Vistula University, Poland

“I plan to teach a class on human rights and global justice to our students.” — Todd, Army ROTC, Indiana University

“Ethics Practitioners’ Association (EPA), the professional body for ethics practitioners in Africa will celebrate it’s first year of existence on Global Ethics Day, 17 October 2018. In partnership with MTN, EPA will host a breakfast celebration and platform for member ethics practitioners to engage in ethics conversation focused on the growth of the EPA professional body, global values and practical implementation of MTN’s ethics program.” — Laura, Ethics Practitioners’ Association (EPA), South Africa

“Canvassing Everyday Ethics’s corporate clients to acknowledge and partake in Global Ethics Day activities.” — Laura, Everyday Ethics (Pty) Ltd, South Africa 

“We are organizing a series of events at both the School of Journalism and the School of Law. First, a conference on journalism, ethics and fake news. Second, we are having a gathering for sharing ideas on how to better promote ethics on campus. ”  — Simon, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela

“For 2018, our School of Journalism and Strategic Media chosen Steven A. Holmes, Executive Director of CNN Worldwide Office of Standards and Practices, to be the 2018 visiting distinguished professor.  The Office of Academic Initiatives and Integrity has invited Steven to give a lecture for Global Ethics Day. Mr. Holmes’ topics of interest are journalism ethics, diversity in the newsroom, challenges in covering the news at the White House, and fake news. — Hannah, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

“The MTN Group of companies with its 22 operations across Africa and the Middle East will be taking hands with The Ethics Practitioners’ Association to celebrate Global Ethics Day at the MTN head office in Gauteng Province, South Africa; we will host a celebratory breakfast where we will reflect on a global ethic and associated values, and we will share learnings from the implementation of ethics governance and management practice across the MTN Group of companies, specifically considering challenges in developing an ethical organisation culture across 63 nationalities and the 22 countries in which we operate.

“We are planning Ethics related quizzes on our online staff recognition platform, MTN Shine, to raise awareness about our commitment to conduct business ethically by honouring our Code of Ethics as we generate profit, and by protecting the planet and our people and communities wherever we operate. We also want to link our support of the Sustainable Development Goals to being an ethically-minded company.” — Johanna, MTN Group (Pty) Ltd

“Having students respond to the question “What does an ethical campus look like?” on poster and making a video compilation of the responses. Later in the evening our university’s Vice President of Student Affairs will be answering the same question and will lead a discussion on the topic for members of the community.” — Scott, James Madison University

“Sophiatown Community Psychological Services will be hosting a morning workshop on Global Ethics Day for NGO’s in our community of practice in the wider Johannesburg area.
The workshop is titled ETHICS MATTER TO NGO’S.
The programme includes the following:
INTRODUCTORY SESSION: Ethics matter, but what does it mean?
FOCUS SESSIONS (Run concurrently)
– Duty of Care – The Cornerstone of NGO Integrity
– Safe Working Spaces – Sexual Harassment, An Absolute NO
– Funding Relationships with Integrity
Each session will be facilitated by ethics and field specific experts.” — Zelda, South Africa

“We are planning to take a campus survey in 50 campuses and a documentary of the lack of quality tertiary education [in Nigeria]. On October 17, we will hold a Nation-wide Students rights conference to commemorate the Global Ethics Day where we will release the survey report and the students abuse documentary.” — Olympus, H.E.L.P. Foundation for Students Rights, Nigeria

“I shall spearhead activities in support to the Global Ethics Day, such as: Essay Writing Contest; Poster Writing Contest; Slogan-making Contest; Posting of quotes on social media.” — Amir, Tuguegarao City Science High School, The Philippines

“Panel discussion on the topic “Ethics in Foreign Policy and Diplomacy” followed by model diplomacy activities. It will help participants to experience what it is like to make ethical decisions while discussing some of the real world foreign policy issues.” — Mariami, American Studies Students’ Scientific Group at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University 

“I would suggest a competition for the best work in the field of ethics, lectures in this field, as well as an art competition on this topic. Just keep up the success!” — Olivera, World Philosophy Network, Serbia

Global Ethics Day: Students at Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement prepare for Global Ethics Day 2018
Global Ethics Day: Students at Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement prepare for Global Ethics Day 2018
Global Ethics Day: Students at Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement prepare for Global Ethics Day 2018