Ethics at Darden

With the increased scrutiny of Wall Street practices, many business schools are just now trying to integrate ethics into their curriculums and cultures. At the Darden School of Business, ethics has been a fundamental part of the School since its inception.

The School is named for Colgate Whitehead Darden Jr., who said,

“Without a firm attachment to unimpeachable integrity, in our business as well as our personal affairs, we will build on shifting sands and there can be no future for any of us.”

This fundamental belief — that ethics cannot be disassociated with how we lead or how we do business — is reflected in all we do. From our commitment to the University of Virginia’s Honor Code to the integrated role that ethics plays in the curriculum — including a First Year required course in business ethics — we live by this belief every day.

In December 2011, the academic journal Business & Society recognized the School's commitment to ethics by naming Darden the #1 MBA program in the field of Business Ethics.

Olsson Center for Applied Ethics

Established in 1966, Darden’s Olsson Center for Applied Ethics serves as a critical resource for executives, scholars, students and Darden alumni who are faced with the challenges of integrating ethical thinking into business decision-making. It is ranked among the top academic centers for the study of ethics. Visit the Center's Building an Ethical World Blog for more information. 

Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics

Darden is home to the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, an organization that brings together leaders from business and academia to renew and enhance the link between ethical behavior and business practice. This initiative is in partnership with the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading corporations with a combined workforce of more than 10 million employees in the United States and $4 trillion in revenues.

Business Ethics Videos

Several Darden professors filmed videos that explore the integration of ethics into the business school curriculum and the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in business. Watch Professor Alexander Horniman's video below, or visit the Darden Business Ethics playlist on YouTube for a full selection of videos.


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