Center for Global Ethics

The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS maintains links to thinkers, scholars, activists, and organizations from around the world, who are working to define, implement and promote policies of responsible global citizenship. As profoundly interconnected members of a global community, we recognize the need to develop and advance the acceptance of a viable and sustainable Global Ethic. The CENTER FOR GLOBAL ETHICS is sponsored by a not-for-profit (501c3) organization associated with the Dialogue Institute and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, located at Temple University, a state-related university in Philadelphia, PA 19122. The Center, the Institutes, and the Journal are directed by Leonard Swidler, Professor of CatholicThought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University. Most of the documents listed in the right column of this doscument were originally posted in the Global Dialogue Institute site at Temple University. This site no longer exists.

Tu Weiming and Leonard Swidler Dialogue (Beijing University, March 2012)


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Global Ethics Resources on the Web

Association for Communal Harmony in Asia
Founded in 1993, ACHA is dedicated to promote peace in South Asia and harmony among South Asians everywhere they live. ACHA Board of Directors appreciates people's goodwill and support for this cause. Based in the state of Oregon in the United States of America. ACHA is a non-profit and non-political organization. Of special interest for anyone wishing to support a global ethic are 8 years of collected stories of interreligious, intercultural collaboration in local South Asian communities (

Bumuntu Peace Institute (BPI)
The Vision of BPI is to promote the well-being of the African people through the type of knowledge that combats violence and poverty. It is our understanding that violence stems from ignorance, from human rights violations, from ethnic conflicts, interreligious misunderstandings and competition, and from poverty. Our mission is to promote peace by addressing these root causes of violence. This vision is embedded in the African notion of Bumuntu or genuine personhood that encompasses values of solidarity, acknowledgement of "our common humanity," and respect for one's life and dignity and the life and dignity of other human beings.

Carnegie Council Global Ethics Network
Carnegie Council's Global Ethics Network provides a platform for educational institutions around the world to create and share interactive multimedia resources that explore the ethical dimensions of international affairs. The Network facilitates the development of new pedagogical tools, curricula, and partnerships between students and educators across the globe. In doing so, the Network encourages current and future generations to think in new ways about the ethics of today's global challenges.

Center for Global Ethics (George Mason University)
The Center for Global Ethics promotes research and educational initiatives on the values that affect global policy formation and public advocacy with a focus on issues such as climate change, human rights, international intervention and peacekeeping, economic development, immigration and global citizenship, technology transfer, and global public health. It sponsors events on these topics and disseminates research through Center Reports, Working Papers, and the journal Ethics, Policy, and Environment.

Center for Global Ethics (Temple University)
Associated with the Dialogue Institute ( at Temple University, the Center for Global Ethics maintains links to thinkers, scholars, activists, and organizations from around the world, who are working to define, implement and promote policies of responsible global citizenship. As profoundly interconnected members of a global community, it recognizes the need to develop and advance the acceptance of a viable and sustainable global ethic.

Dialogue Institute
The Dialogue Institute works to transform the world into a global community by fostering interreligious and intercultural scholarship, understanding and cooperation. A nonprofit organization founded at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) in 1978, the Dialogue Institute trains religious, civic and academic leaders in the skills of critical thinking and respectful dialogue so that they can build sustained relationships across lines of religious and cultural difference. Global and inclusive, the Dialogue Institute provides resources and creates networks of support among all those engaged in interreligious dialogue and action around the world.

Global Economic Ethic
United Nations Global Compact: Global Economic Ethic
Building on the 1993 Parliament of World Religions' Declaration towards a Global Ethic, the manifesto outlines five universally acceptable principles and values: the principle of humanity; non-violence and respect for life; justice and solidarity; honesty and tolerance; and mutual esteem and partnership. In the symposium, hosted by the UN Global Compact, the Swiss Mission to the United Nations, the Global Ethic Foundation, and the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, broad consensus emerged that the current worldwide financial and economic crises reveals a need for stronger common moral ground among all actors in the globalized marketplace.

Global Ethic Foundation -- Stiftung Weltethos
The Global Ethic Foundation began with Professor Hans Küng's book Global Responsibility (1990), which was first published in English in 1991. This book developed the idea that the religions of the world can make a contribution to the peace of humankind only if they reflect on those elements of an ethic which they already have in common: on a fundamental consensus on binding values, irrevocable standards andpersonal attitudes. The Foundation came into being through the generosity of Count K. K. von der Groeben who had read the book and dedicated a substantial sum for the dissemination of the idea of a global ethic.

Global Media Ethics-University of Wisconsin-Madison
Global media ethics aims at developing a comprehensive set of principles and standards for the practice of journalism in an age of global news media. New forms of communication are reshaping the practice of a once parochial craft serving a local, regional or national public. Today, news media use communication technology to gather text, video and images from around the world with unprecedented speed and varying degrees of editorial control. The same technology allows news media to disseminate this information to audiences scattered around the globe.

Globethics.Net is a worldwide ethics network based in Geneva, with an international Board of Foundation of eminent persons. It provides an electronic platform for ethical reflection and action. The aim of is to ensure that people in all regions of the world are empowered to reflect and act on ethical issues. In order to ensure access to knowledge resources in applied ethics, has developed its Library, the leading global digital library on ethics.

Global Ethics and Religion Forum
The Global Ethics and Religion Forum is an educational, non-profit NGO dedicated to increasing global ethical responsibility. Incorporated

in 2001 and receiving US federal non-profit status in 2002, GERF is an international organization based in Southern California. The heart of the organization consists of some 60 distinguished scholars from around the world who provide the ethical and intercultural expertise for the Forum's projects. GERF is guided by a twenty-one member Board of Directors which combines both academic and community/business leaders.

Global Ethics Forum (GEF) 2011-2013 is a global ethics network of experts, institutions and individuals from all walks of life interested in applied ethics. It offers with its Global Ethics Forum an innovative global platform as a three year project running from 2011 to 2013. The Global Ethics Forum project with its focus on business ethics builds on the successes of the first Global Ethics Forum Conference that took place at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2 to 3 July 2009. The second conference GEF 2011 and the third GEF 2012 expanded the dialogue and identified practical topics and areas for ethical transformation in the economy, business, politics and the society.

Institute for Global Ethics
Founded by Dr. Rushworth M. Kidder in 1990, the Institute for Global Ethics (IGE) is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context. Our challenge is to explore the global common ground of values, elevate awareness of ethics, provide practical tools for making ethical decisions, and encourage moral actions based on those decisions.

International Global Ethics Association, Ghent University
Founded in 2006, IGEA is set up as an interdisciplinary and transnational collaborative learning community in which the interplay of theory and practice plays a predominant role. It aims at a comprehensive approach towards the moral and ethical issues of our time, through transnational and multidisciplinary research and exchange of expertise, defendinga prudent point of view concerning the philosophical foundation of ethical principles and will continuously stress the meaning of human and natural diversity and 'difference'.

Markula Center for Applied Ethics Santa Clara University
A forum for research and discussion in all areas of applied ethics, including Bioethics, Business Ethics, Campus Ethics, Character Education, Government Ethics, and Internet Ethics.

Penang Global Ethic Project
The Penang Global Ethic Project promotes the concepts of 'World Religions – Universal Peace – by identifying them with Penang's traditions of religious tolerance and diversity.

Peres Center For Peace
The Peres Center for Peace is Israel's leading non-profit organization promoting peacebuilding between Israel and its Arab neighbors, particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.

Network for Global Ethics and Human Rights, University of the West of England, Bristol
The Network for Global Ethics and Human rights brings together people and organizations doing research or campaigning in this field. Its activities has a local, national and international character. It organizes public events and initiate bids for funding collaborative multidisciplinary research involving academics and civil society partners.

School for Applied Global Ethics, Leeds Metropolitan University
The School of Applied Global Ethics (SAGE) is dedicated to the study of global issues of importance for the future of humankind thorugh the academic subjects of International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Development Studies and Political Economy.

Taba Foundation: A Global Ethic: Its Scope and Limits
Taha Abderrahman, The author holds that a critical window of opportunity remains open for theistic worldviews to collectively provide a program of shared ethics. However, it is his assertion that recent attempts to furnish a set of fundamental criteria, in the name of world religions, have failed to deliver on the promise. Drawing on the richness of Islamic theological systems, the author endeavours to provide both a critical analysis and a corrective prescription.

UNESCO, Global Ethics Observatory
The observatory is a system of databases with worldwide coverage in bioethics and other areas of applied ethics in science and technology such as environmental ethics, science ethics, and technology ethics

United Nations Global Compact
"The Global Compact asks companies to embrace universal principles and to partner with the United Nations. It has grown to become a critical platform for the UN to engage effectively with enlightened global business." – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics
The Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics focuses on building ethical competences in present and future decision makers in business, politics, and society: It is our intent to increase awareness of social issues, to foster open, transparent discussion and to offer possibilities of responsible action. Founded on solid theoretical concepts- economic ethics approach - we create opportunities to foster and implement ethics and morality under the condition of globalization, competition and market economy.


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