Practical principles tested in surprisingly different situations across five continents

Universal Principles of Ethics

68 Known Applications Around the World

ethics principles of 3 types depicted as a flame

The Flame Framework

In 1997, an article was published on The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Applied Ethics website, proposing the possibility of a Framework for Universal Principles of Ethics. Inherently imperfect, that framework has now been used by governments, corporations, law enforcement and judiciaries, hospitals, post-secondary institutions and professional associations across North America as well as in Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

Feel free to try it (at no cost) and please do let us know if your organization is the first on record where this framework is not a relevant and useful guide!


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Once you have permission, you can use any of the free resources on this site with students, colleagues or other audiences – as long as you acknowledge the source. In-depth generic course templates may also be available on request, and these can be tailored (for a fee) to suit specific organizations, sectors, applications or regulatory requirements.