Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Business Ethics Partnership

The Business Ethics Partnership brings together executives and scholars in a forum designed to increase the members’ knowledge about effectively managing ethics in business organizations. Founded in 2003, the partnership currently includes 7 business organizations and 10 faculty members who share the goals of honing ethics and compliance policies at member organizations and advancing the state of business ethics knowledge.

The Partnership holds retreats and quarterly meetings to examine breaking issues in business ethics, identify needed research and study, review the results of studies undertaken by the partnership, and examine the findings of research conducted elsewhere. Prominent CEOs and subject matter experts have participated in our meetings. We have also conducted CEO breakfasts for member organizations to discuss key issues facing senior executives and board members.

Representatives of member organizations have valued sharing experiences with leading companies and hearing from scholars who provide an academic perspective and significant depth on particular issues; they report their engagement has allowed them to implement several best practices and fresh ideas in their respective organizations and to form topical networks among the membership and the faculty.

Corporate Participants
Faculty Participants
Meetings and Calendar
White Papers and Presentation Summaries
Center Partners


Ann Skeet, director of leadership ethics

Kirk O. Hanson, Center executive director and John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics

Patrick Coutermarsh, business ethics program coordinator

Video Presentation

A Corporate Participant Talks About the Partnership
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