Type of Organization: IGE is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit
Guidestar for more information.
Mission: To provide practical tools to build ethical fitness and cultures of integrity
at home, at school, in the workplace, and in society.
As an institution dedicated to the advancement of ethics, our core values
establish and guide all we do. Our research suggests that five core ethical
values are common to many cultures, regardless of race, age, religious
affiliation, gender, or nationality. To live these values, we strive for
ourselves and our clients always to be:
Honest and truthful in all our dealings
Responsible and accountable in every transaction
Fair and equitable in each relationship
Respectful and mindful of the dignity of every individual
Compassionate and caring in each situation
We also strive to operate with a global mindset, which includes understanding
differences in how ethics manifest across cultures, seeing and learning
from our common ground, and fostering relationships that can operate and
succeed amidst differences and complexity.
Affiliations: In every sense of the word we are an independent organization. We have
no political or religious affiliations. This independence is fundamental
to our approach and allows us to work with people from all walks of life.
Learn more about our approach to ethics.
Clients served: IGE serves clients in a variety of sectors including businesses, nonprofits,
government, professional associations, schools K – Graduate level.
Interested in learning more about our clients and how we serve them? Read
a selection of our case studies.
Funding: As a non-profit institution dedicated to the advancement of ethics across
all sectors it is imperative that we employ a blended funding strategy.
Our funding primarily comes from
individual philanthropic support, and income from our training and consulting services.
Locations: IGE is headquartered in Madison, WI.
Hours of Operation: We hold regular business hours in each of our offices 9am – 5pm
local time. Our staff is often on the move so don't be surprised if
you receive an emailed response outside of normal business hours. Visit our
staff page to obtain email addresses for our staff.
Trademarks: Building School Culture™, Ethical Fitness®, Ethical Literacy®,
Ethics Newsline®, Institute for Global Ethics®, Moral Courage™,
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do? IGE assists individuals and organizations of every kind providing training
and consulting services to make ethics an integral part of daily life.
What do you mean by "ethics"? We use the term loosely, but generally explain it as the study of what
is right or what is good. In our more than twenty years of doing research
across the globe, we have discovered that while different people use different
words to voice their values, the concepts nearly always can be distilled
into a set of five or six shared values with a common subset: compassion,
fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
What is your position on…? As a nonpartisan organization, the Institute for Global Ethics deliberately
does not take positions on political candidates, hot-button issues, and
controversies of the moment. Instead, we focus our energies on helping
people reason through the issues themselves, providing tools and frameworks
to help parse the political, social, and moral debates underway. Our goal
is not to tell people what to think, but to offer tools that help them
with how to think through tough ethical issues.