2021-10-20 – Global Ethics Day

Event Created by Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Global Ethics Day is an annual moment to empower ethics through the actions of individuals and organizations. It takes place on the third Wednesday of every October.

Global Ethics Day was first held in 2014 to help raise awareness for ethics and ensure that ethics matter – whether in the daily lives of individuals, the decisions of corporations or the creation of laws and policies. Over the past seven years, individuals from over 75 countries have taken part in Global Ethics Day.

Global Ethics Day provides an opportunity to explore the meaning of ethics in daily life and for communities around the world to come together to identify and address the most critical issues facing society – from global pandemics, attacks on democracy, refugee crises, racial injustice, climate change, and more.

Let’s use the power of ethics to build a better future! Join us this Global Ethics Day on Wednesday October 20, 2021.

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)