Practical principles tested in surprisingly different situations across five continents

Universal Principles of Ethics

First 60 Applications Around the World

ethics principles of 3 types depicted as a flame

The Flame Framework

The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Applied Ethics article in 1997 proposing a Framework for Universal Principles of Ethics 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. Try it (at no cost) and please let us know if your organization is the first on record where this framework is not a useful and relevant 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.