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Bridging the business-spirituality gap


Below are links to organizations focused on the intersection between business and spirituality.

Centers and institutes  top^

Appeal of Conscience Foundation

This interfaith coalition of business and religious leaders promotes peace, tolerance, and ethnic conflict resolution. The Foundation believes that freedom, democracy and human rights are the fundamental values that give nations of the world their best hope for peace, security, and shared prosperity.
Website, linked 08/16

Ashridge Centre for Business and Society

ACBAS, part of Ashridge (the international business school based in Hertfordshire, UK), focuses on the rapidly changing relationship between public, private, and voluntary sector organizations with particular emphasis on the changing role of business.
Website, linked 08/16

Ashridge Leadership Centre

An academic research unit acting as a catalyst for creative thinking, dialogue, research and writing about leadership - the leadership needed in these times of complexity, uncertainty and change.
ALC website, linked 08/16

Authentic Leadership in Action Institute

Based in Halifax, NS, Canada, the approach combines the Buddhist and Shambala traditions of mindfulness and authentic presence with the new-paradigm thinking from complexity theory, chaordic design, Theory U, social networking theory, and strength-based community development.
ALIA website, linked 08/16

Business Ethics Center of the Budapest Corvinus University

Promotes business ethics in higher education, academic research, and business life, employing multidisciplinary models from economics, management science, psychology, and ethics.
Website, linked 08/16

Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research

Established in 1997 at Wharton School of Business, its mission is to sponsor and disseminate leading edge research on critical topics in business ethics including global business ethics, corporate governance, social contracts, deception, disclosure, bribery, and corruption.
Website, linked 08/16

Center for Business Ethics

Established in 1976 as part of Bentley College, MA, it is one of the world’s leading research and educational institutes in the field of business ethics.
Website, linked 08/16

Center for Corporate Ethics

Focused on serving the ethical culture needs of businesses in the United States and around the world by providing proven tools, techniques, and programs aimed at reducing the likelihood and risks of ethical lapses.
Institute for Global Ethics website, linked 08/16

Center for Citizenship

Part of Boston College, this membership-based research organization works with global corporations to help them define, plan and operationalize their corporate citizenship. Its goal is to help business leverage its social, economic and human assets to ensure both its success and a more just and sustainable world.
Website, linked 08/16

Center for Ethical Business Cultures

Affiliated with the University of St. Thomas, CEBC assists leaders in creating ethical and profitable business cultures at the enterprise, community and global levels.
CEBC website, linked 08/16

Center for Ethics

Established at the University of Tampa, the Center for Ethics provides resources and services to educate people about business ethics, those decisions about what is right and wrong in a business context.
Website, linked 08/16

Center for Ethics & Value Inquiry

Part of the University of Ghent (Belgium), CEVI carries out research and teaching on the ethics of globalization and on ethics under the conditions of globalization.
Website, linked 08/16

Center for Ethics and Business

As an arm of the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, USA, the Center provides an environment for discussing issues related to the necessity, difficulty, costs and rewards of conducting business ethically.
Website, linked 08/16

Center for International Business Ethics

Located in Beijing, China and hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), CIBE focuses on Asian (specifically Chinese) research and training to bring together the academic study and the corporate practice of business ethics.
CIBE website, linked 08/16

Center for Visionary Leadership

Develops and supports values-based visionary leadership in all fields of human endeavor, especially business and politics. It offers educational programs on spiritual development and social change based on the Ageless Wisdom.
Website, linked 08/16

Centre for Applied Ethics (CAE)

Established at Hong Kong Baptist University in 1992, CAE strives to stimulate critical reasoning about fundamental ethical concerns in contemporary society, to raise awareness of moral values, and to further strengthen the University's commitment to research and whole person education. The Centre actively promotes and coordinates research in the areas of bioethics, business ethics, professional ethics, and social ethics.
Website, linked 08/16

Centre for Business and Professional Ethics

Established at the University of Leeds in 1989 (with a membership drawn from the Faculties of Arts, Economics, Social Studies, Civil Engineering, Law, and Medicine), it has developed course and organized conferences on ethical issues in medicine, the media, and business. Its MA in Health Care Ethics is a leader in the field, having been run successfully since 1990.
Website, linked 08/16

Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society

BRASS is an ESRC-funded interdisciplinary research center at Cardiff University specializing in business sustainability and corporate social responsibility with a particular focus on the relationships between businesses and their key stakeholders (customers, suppliers, investors, workers, local communities and regulators).
Website, linked 08/16

Centre for Ethics and Leadership

Established at the Norwegian School of Management, the Centre focuses on how private and public organizations sustain moral commitment internally and how they communicate integrity to all stakeholders as part of their commitment to society. The overall vision of the centre is to further research in the area of applied organizational ethics and moral leadership.
Website, linked 08/16

Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace

Established at St. Mary's University (Halifax, NS, Canada) to positively and strategically influence the conversation and accomplishments about spirituality and the workplace globally.
Centre website, linked 08/16

Centre for the Study of Global Ethics

Founded in 2001 as part of the University of Birmingham, it was established to address the practical and theoretical issues raised by globalization. The approach is multidisciplinary within a pluralistic value framework.
Website, linked 08/16

Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness

CCBE, established as part of the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto, is a corporate governance research and communications centre with a mandate to monitor Canadian corporate governance trends and to provide guidance to firms looking to improve their board effectiveness and disclosure.
Website, linked 08/16

Common Bond Institute

Common Bond Institute working to support international efforts advancing the consciousness of peace and healing by raising the capacity of the individual in society to compassionately transform conflict in their daily lives.
Website, linked 08/16

Conscious Business Center

Provides simple, elegant and unique certification programs based on the best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) frameworks that awaken, guide and support businesses to become conscious, based on a belief that businesses are uniquely positioned to lead the global evolution of consciousness.
Website, linked 08/16

Conscious Business Institute

Actively supports companies and leaders in successfully embracing conscious business practices.
Website, linked 08/16

Dialogue Institute

Trains religious, civic, and academic leaders in the skills of critical thinking and respectful dialogue in order to foster inter-religious and intercultural scholarship, understanding, and cooperation.
Website, linked 08/16

Ethics Institute of South Africa

EthicSA is a not-for-profit organization established to promote and advance ethical practices in South Africa – in the professions, business, and public policy, and among individuals - by serving as a resource, facilitating ethics initiatives, and partnering with private and public institutions as well as individuals.
Website, linked 08/16

Ethics Resource Center

ERC is the oldest non-profit organization in the U.S.(established 85 years ago) devoted to the advancement of high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions.
Website, linked 08/16

EthicsCentre CA

A registered charity dedicated to promoting and maintaining an ethical orientation and culture in Canadian organizations, and to championing the application of ethical values in the decision-making process of business and other organizations.
CRT website, linked 08/16

Europe China Centre of Leadership and Responsibility

Formed under the sponsorship of the China Europe International Business School, the purpose of ECCLAR is to enhance the capacity of Europeans and Chinese to manage their long term interdependence for their mutual benefit.
CEIBS website, linked 08/16

European Corporate Governance Institute

An international scientific non-profit association providing a forum for research, debate and dialogue between academics, legislators, and practitioners on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice.
Website, linked 08/16

European Institute for Business Ethics

Established in 1994 at Nyenrode Business University, EIBE focuses on promoting ethical conduct in organizations, both in the profit sector and the non-profit sector, through education, research, and organizational development. EIBE is one of the pioneers in the field of business ethics and corporate social responsibility in Europe and a founding member of the European Business Ethics Networks (EBEN).
Website, linked 08/16

Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute

An institute that helps social sector organizations achieve excellence in performance and community building.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Dharma Center

Inspires and empowers people from all cultures around the world, and all walks of life, to live and work from a spiritual basis, in accord with our inherent, spiritual nature.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Ethic Foundation

Dedicated to inter-cultural, and inter-religious research, education, and encounter, with a link to the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Leadership Foundation

GLF works with others based on the principles of self-realization, collaboration, and stewardship.
Website, linked 08/16

Great Rethinking and The Prophets Conference

The Great Rethinking and The Prophets Conference is an international organization dedicated to assisting in the birthing of a new humanity, and thereby, the realization of the successful cultivation of a sustainable and workable world. The Prophets Conference programs are designed to cultivate spiritual principles and scientific potentials.
Website, linked 08/16

Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

An international non-profit organization focused on promoting the understanding and practice of servant leadership.
Website, linked 08/16

Hong Kong Ethics Development Centre

Part of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region enforces the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, which works with the business community to establish high ethical standards.
Website, linked 08/16

Institute for Business and Professional Ethics

Founded in 1985, The Institute for Business & Professional Ethics (IBPE) was established as a joint effort of the Colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Commerce at DePaul University. Its mission is to facilitate ethical deliberation by stirring the moral conscience and by developing models for ethical decision-making in business and the professions.
Website, linked 08/16

Institute for Ethical Leadership

Founded to raise awareness of the importance of ethical leadership and to provide opportunities for leaders to come together to discuss and learn how to apply high standards of ethical practice in their work.
Website, linked 08/16

Institute for Global Ethics

Dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context by exploring the global common ground of values, elevating awareness of ethics, and providing practical tools for making ethical decisions.
Website, linked 08/16

Institute for Research on Unlimited Love

The Institute focuses on the science and spirituality of the unselfish love that shapes the lives of people who find energy and joy in the compassionate service of others. The Institute has initiated collaborations with major national foundations and institutions to explore how unlimited love and creative altruism fit into the makeup of religious traditions, are understood in the humanities and the arts, and inform leadership and education at all levels.
Website, linked 08/16

Institute for Spirituality and Health

The Institute offers a wide range of programs that support healthcare provider wellness, promote compassionate health care, and provide a nurturing environment for collaborative education and research relevant to health, healing and spirituality.
Website, linked 08/16

Institute for Spirituality and Organizational Leadership

Part of Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business, the Institute brings together scholars and business leaders to inquire about the nature of spirituality and the role it plays in organizational dynamics.
Website, linked 08/16

Institute of Business Ethics

Dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of doing business ethically and helping organizations strengthen their ethics culture.
IBE website, linked 08/16

Institute of Traditional Medicine

ITM offers diploma programs, related courses, and events and seminars to provide training in traditional medicine.
Website, linked 08/16

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)

An association of 275 faith-based institutional investors, including national denominations, religious communities, pension funds, foundations, hospital corporations, economic development funds, asset management companies, colleges, and unions that presses companies to be socially and environmentally responsible.
Website, linked 08/16

International Association for Children's Spirituality

The International Association for Children's Spirituality seeks to promote and support research and practice in relation to children's spirituality within education and wider contexts of children's care and wellbeing.
Website, linked 08/16

International Business Ethics Institute

Founded in 1994, the Institute promotes business ethics and corporate responsibility through educational resources, activities, assisting companies to establish effective international ethics programs, and disseminating business ethics information to demonstrate the positive, tangible changes that responsible business can generate.
Website, linked 08/16

International Business Leaders Forum

Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Forum promotes responsible business practices internationally that benefit business and society and help to achieve social, economic and environmentally sustainable development, particularly in new and emerging market economies.
Website, linked 08/16

International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life

The Center is committed to exploring issues of ethics and social justice across the globe, sensitive to the nuances of cultural difference on moral questions. The Center's programs and activities are designed to place regional issues in their international context through the inclusion of participants around the world.
Brandeis University website, linked 08/16

Janki Foundation for Global Healthcare

A UK-based charity that encourages research and awareness in the field of health and spirituality through a focus on positive human development and whole-person healthcare.
Website, linked 08/16

Josephson Institute

The Institute holds that ethical obligations are based on common ethical values applicable and knowable to all, regardless of gender, race, age, politics, or religion. Josephson Institute develops and delivers services and materials to increase ethical commitment, competence, and practice in all segments of society. Resources include articles, newsletters, and quotes. Fee-based resources also available.
Website, linked 08/16

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Located at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Markkula Center staff and scholars work with executives from major companies to analyze real-world ethical issues in business and to develop innovative tools and programs to address them.
Website, linked 08/16

New School at Commonweal, The

The New School is part of Commonweal, a health, environmental and educational center in Bolinas, California. Commonweal has twelve major programs, each recognized at a state, national, or international level.
Website, linked 08/16

Pari Center for New Learning

Dedicated to fostering an interdisciplinary approach linking science, the arts, ethics, and spirituality with particular emphasis on the principle of "the spirit of place."
Website, linked 08/16

Social Accountability International

Focuses on making workplace human rights a vital part of the business agenda and promoting human rights for workers around the world. Administers the accreditation services for SA8000, the comprehensive and flexible system for managing ethical workplace conditions throughout global supply chains.
Website, linked 08/16

Social Capital Foundation

A non-profit organization created in 2002 and based in Brussels, it pursues the promotion of social capital and social cohesion. "Social Capital" is defined as a resource that can be used to revitalize social cohesion, a set of mental dispositions and attitudes favoring cooperative behaviors within society, a semantic equivalent to the spirit of community.
Website, linked 08/16

Spirituality in Economics and Society

The overall aim of the European SPES Forum is to make spirituality accessible as a public good to as many people as possible. Spirituality is deliberately defined in broad and pluralistic terms so that the Forum may bring together people from different spiritual backgrounds and traditions.
European SPES Forum website, linked 08/16

Values Centre

Created by Richard Barrett & Associates to provide information on how to apply the Seven Levels of Consciousness model and the Cultural Transformation Tools ® in corporations, non-profits, NGOs, government institutions, schools, communities and nations, as well as for personal transformation and leadership development.
Website, linked 08/16

Workplace Centre for Spiritual and Ethical Development

Located in Vancouver, Canada, the Centre promotes the benefits of individual spiritual well-being; supports the study and practice of business ethics; organizes programs and events that advance the understanding of spiritual values and ethical standards; and forms alliances with other organizations concerned with spirituality and ethics.
Website, linked 08/16

World Business Academy

A non-profit business think tank with a mission to inspire business to assume responsibility for the whole of society by changing the consciousness of leaders, students and the public
Website, linked 08/16

Membership organizations  top^

Business for Social Responsibility

A global nonprofit organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect ethical values, people, communities, and the environment by providing information, tools, training, and advisory services to make corporate social responsibility an integral part of business operations and strategies. BSR promotes cross sector collaboration and contributes to global efforts to advance the field of corporate social responsibility.
Website, linked 08/16

Business in the Community

A unique movement of over 800 of the UK's top companies committed to improving their positive impact on society.
Website, linked 08/16

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility

CBSR is a non-profit, member-led organization that mobilizes Canadian companies to make powerful business decisions that improve performance and contribute to a better world.
Website, linked 08/16

Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work

Committed to scholarship and the development of effective practices in the area of spirituality and social work.
CSSSW website, linked 08/16

Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Foundation

ISOL Foundation is an initiative started by Sunita Singh Sengupta and shared by like-spirited people across the globe to promote leadership that nurtures the spirit of each person in order to create harmony at workplace and society.
Website, linked 08/16


A forum to promote and sponsor inter- and multi-disciplinary encounters by bringing people together from differing contexts, disciplines, professions, and vocations, with the aim to engender and nurture engagements that cross the boundaries of intellectual work.
Website, linked 08/16

International Global Ethics Association

IGEA is an interdisciplinary and transnational collaborative learning community that aims at a more comprehensive approach towards the moral and ethical issues of our time, through transnational and multidisciplinary research and exchange of expertise.
CEVI website, linked 08/16

International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics

A world-wide professional association focusing exclusively on the study of business, economics, and ethics that brings together individuals in traditionally distinctive fields - economics, business, law, and philosophy - and different practical areas - human resources, marketing, finance, social and environmental concerns.
ISBEE website, linked 08/16

KCC Spirit in the Workplace /Attuned Spirit

An organization of consultants, trainers, coaches, members of the helping professions, and business professionals who are committed to the practice of spirit in our work and in our lives.
Website, linked 08/16

LEAD Canada

A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to furthering the goals of environmental, social and economic sustainability through training, projects, and networking.
Website, linked 08/16

Society for Business Ethics

An international organization of scholars and others interested in business ethics that provides a forum for those interested in research, teaching, or the practical application of ethical principles and concepts to the management of businesses.
Website, linked 08/16

Spirituality in Business

A membership site in the stages of launching. Of interest to those in business seeking a simple but practical form of non-religious spirituality with a view to to substantially increasing productivity, raising morale, reducing attrition, preventing conflict and moving the business to a much higher level of operational success. Fee based.
Website, linked 08/16


An international non-profit organization headquartered in Toronto, ON, Canada, and sponsored by global corporations that connects youth around the world to access information and get involved in improving their local and global communities.
Website, linked 08/16

World Business Academy

Non-profit business think tank founded on the understanding that business is the dominant institution in society today and the one most capable of responding to rapid change. As such, business must adopt a new tradition of responsibility for the whole by defining business interests within the wider perspective of society in order to create a positive and sustainable future.
Website, linked 08/16

Networks  top^


The Australasian Business Ethics Network was established in Melbourne, Australia in 2010. They are a community of scholars and practitioners from a range of institutions across Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
Website, linked 08/16

Corporate Responsibility Coalition

The CORE Coalition works to make changes in UK company law to minimize negative impacts on people and the environment and maximize contribution to sustainable societies.
CORE website, linked 08/16

CSR Europe

The leading European business network for corporate social responsibility, established in 1995 with around 70 multinational corporations and 25 national partner organizations as members.
Website, linked 08/16

European Bahá'í Business Forum

A nongovernmental organization with a diverse membership in over 60 countries that attracts a community of people passionate about bringing ethical values, personal virtues and moral leadership into their workplaces.
EBBF website, linked 08/16

European Business Ethics Network

The only international network dedicated wholly to the promotion of business ethics in European private industry, public sector, voluntary organizations and academia.
CRT website, linked 08/16

European SPES Forum

Founded to provide a spiritually and values-driven process of European integration, it is a network of interested organizations and individuals willing to reflect on the spiritual future of Europe and to set up new initiatives on the interface between spirituality, economy and culture. Its overall aim in focusing on spirituality in economics and society is to open up spirituality as a vital source in social and economic life.
CIBE website, linked 08/16

Globalisation for the Common Good

Promotes an ethical, moral and spiritual vision of globalisation and encourages the adaptation of public policy at all levels that nurtures the common good of our global community with the understanding that the marketplace is not just an economic sphere, "it is a region of the human spirit."
Website, linked 08/16

A global network of persons and institutions interested in different fields of applied ethics, offering access to resources on ethics through its leading global digital library on ethics. Its objective is to strengthen global common values and respect of ethical contextual diversity, including the richness of languages, religions, and world views.
Website, linked 08/16

International Corporate Governance Network

ICGN is a not-for-profit company organized to (a) provide an investor-led network for the exchange of views and information about corporate governance issues internationally; (b) examine corporate governance principles and practices; (c) develop and encourage adherence to corporate governance standards and guidelines; and (d) to generally promote good corporate governance.
Website, linked 08/16

International Global Ethics Association

IGEA is a non-partisan, non-profit, global academic network, working within the new and emerging field of Global Ethics.
Website, linked 08/16

LEAD International

An international non-profit organization with a network of 2,000 leaders in more than 90 countries that delivers training programs that challenge traditional notions of leadership with progressive participatory techniques.
Website, linked 08/16

Religion and Spirituality in Society

Religion and Spirituality in Society is an international conference, a cross-disciplinary scholarly journal, a book imprint and an online knowledge community which, together, set out to describe, analyze and interpret the role of religion and spirituality in society.
Religion in Society website, linked 08/16

Social Venture Network

A nonprofit network committed to transforming the way the world does business by focusing on new bottom lines that value healthy communities and the human spirit as well as high returns.
Website, linked 08/16

Spiritual Heritage Education Network

SHEN is dedicated to the promotion, development and delivery of education in the spiritual heritage of humanity with a view to engendering human integration both locally and globally.
Website, linked 08/16

Spirituality at Work

An organization of business professionals committed to awakening the soul at work and tranforming the workplace into an arena where life is nourished.
Website, linked 08/16

Spirituality in Health-Care Network (SHCN)

The Spirituality in Health Care Network (SHCN) is a network of professionals and spiritual leaders dedicated to integrating Spirituality with Psychotherapy and Health Care.
Website, Linked 08/16

Spirituality, Leadership and Management (SLaM) Network

An Australian organization focused on facilitating the emergence of the innate spirituality within individuals and organisations through improving leadership and management practices as they apply to organizations, communities, and the natural world.
Website, linked 08/16


The Ethics & Social Responsibility Programme of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, is tasked with the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. Guided by the provisions of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, the programme focuses on issues of child protection, gender equality, accessible tourism, intangible cultural heritage, migrations, travel facilitation - particularly for persons with HIV/AIDS, consumer and enterprise protection, and the promotion of human rights and non-discrimination.
Website, linked 08/16

World Pulse

World Pulse is an online community of women and allies worldwide who speak out and build solutions to today’s biggest challenges.
Website, linked 08/16

WorldShift International

The WorldShift International website is a portal to information that supports and encourages both an inner-world, and external world shift, and aims to provide resources that will help to empower individuals in their own process, as well as an awareness for the urgent need for global change.
Kingsley L.D. website, linked 08/16

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