How to Participate

We’re asking individuals, schools, businesses, governments, and nonprofits to do their part to empower ethics by taking action and planning events on or around October 20th.

Global Ethics Day activities can include organizing panels and lectures (virtual or in-person), publishing articles and personal blogs, recording a podcast, and launching social media campaigns using #GlobalEthicsDay2021, and even environmental clean-ups, canvassing, and time capsules…there are countless ways to participate. Be sure to visit our resources page for tools and ideas on how to plan your own Global Ethics Day activity.

We encourage you to showcase, share, and promote your ethical actions and events across social media using #GlobalEthicsDay2021. And don’t forget to contact us to let us know your plans for Global Ethics Day.

Build Your Own Global Ethics Day Activities Around These Questions, Topics, and Themes

The following questions and topics can help you with planning your own Global Ethics Day activations. These can be used as simply a starting point or you can build an entire event, panel, etc. around a single question or issue. Do it in-person, virtually, or even do the hybrid thing. Whatever works for you.

General Questions:

    • What does ethics mean to you?
    • Is there such a thing as a global ethic, i.e. a set of universal values? If so, what are these values?
    • What is the most pressing ethical challenge facing the world today?
    • How should we define ethical leadership?

General Themes:

    •  Democracy and civic engagement
    • Climate change and sustainability
    • Human rights and inequality
    • War, peace, and corruption
    • Access to food, water, and medicine
    • Artificial intelligence (AI) and technology
    • Discrimination by gender, race, sexual orientation, or identity

Themes of ethics in business:

    • Creating and promoting clear ethical guidelines
    • Ethical decision-making and going beyond risk management and compliance
    • Positive social impact
    • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
    • Preventing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)
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Global Ethics Day at IIE MSA Campus (South Africa).
IDATHA (Uruguay) celebrates Global Ethics Day 2020 with a virtual conversation on ethics and artificial intelligence with a guest speaker from the Human Brain Project.
University of KwaZulu-Nata celebrates Global Ethics Day 2019.