Core Ethical Principles
Societies around the world have adopted a set of core ethical principles. Studies have indicated that these fundamental principles of ethics have universal appeal, regardless of culture, national origin, religious preference or socio-economic status. Furthermore, a guiding principle of ethics is that these core principles apply to everyone within the society.
Several organizations have examined these universal, core ethical principles and developed lists for our consideration and guidance.
The Josephson Institute of Ethics
Trustiworthiness Respect Responsibility Justice and Fairness Caring Civic Virtue/Citizenship Other Groups have developed similar statements of the Core Ethical Prinicples
Seven Cardinal Virtues
Justice Prudence Fortitude Temperance Faith Hope Charity
Boy Scouts of America
Trustworthy Loyal Helpful Friendly Courteous Kind Obedient Cheerful Thrifty Brave Clean Reverent
Integrity Honesty Fidelity Charity Responsibility Self-Discipline