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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

How do people and organizations inspire trust?

They make choices based on justifiable standards. They take others into account in their decisions. And then they do what they say they will do.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics engages individuals and organizations to make choices that respect and care for others.  In our focus areas—bioethics, business ethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, journalism ethics, leadership ethics, and social sector ethics—we work with scholars and professionals to apply ethical ideas to the very real problems people encounter. We examine the obstacles to ethical action in many areas of our lives and develop tools to help people perform at their best.


Perspectives on the News by Center Staff

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Social Emotional Learning and Character Development

Twenty-three states have announced standards for social and emotional learning in schools for some or all grade levels.

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Lack of Board Engagement

Disengaged board members fail to meet their ethical obligations to nonprofit organizations.

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Ethics Is the New ‘Power Tool’ for Stock-Buying Decisions

Ethics is fundamental to genuine leaders -- the ones we want to follow, as opposed to those who are paid the most.

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        For the 2017-18 academic year, the Ethics Center will explore the theme of freedom of speech and civil discourse through public events, the work of a team of undergraduate fellows, and the provision of educational materials about key, contested ethical issues. 

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