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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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Franken, Conyers, and the Duty to Stand Down

Hana Callaghan directs the government ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University in California. The opinions expressed are her own.

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Matt Lauer is a Litmus Test for Every Workplace

Executives and employees need to be on the same page about a company’s ethics and image.

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What Nonprofits Should Do Now in Response to the Tax Bill

What will your organization’s policy be on political campaign activities?

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      Media Commentary by Center Staff

        The Trust Project, hosted by the Ethics Center, offers digital standards that show what's behind the news.

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        Free Speech and Civil Discourse

        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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