As part of its mission to foster ethical leadership around the world, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence presents the Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony annually to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary ethical leadership. The Inamori Ethics Prize honors outstanding international ethical leaders whose actions and influence have greatly improved the condition of humankind.
Enjoy Inamori Ethics Prize event videos, photos, and transcripts for each winner!
The Inamori Ethics Prize will not be awarded in 2022. Instead, we will spend a year in conversation exploring inequalities in healthcare. Please see our 2020-2021 Conversations on JUSTICE series for reference, future updates, and resources, including conversations with the global community and previous Inamori Ethics Prize winners and other local and international experts.
Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, a leading figure in international justice, humanitarian law, and human rights and the first woman to serve as president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was awarded the 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize in 2021. Judge Fernández is the first Latinx Inamori Ethics Prize recipient and the first from South America. Learn more
During the 2020-21 academic year, the Inamori Center provided space for conversations on a topic of consequence: JUSTICE. We were able to draw on the insight and expertise of Inamori Ethics Prize winners as well as top scholars and practitioners in a thematic series of events and programming addressing the topic of JUSTICE from multiple perspectives, locally and globally. Learn more
Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Children’s Defense Fund was awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2017 for defending children’s rights and the disadvantaged. She has championed policies and programs to lift children from poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect and ensure their access to health care and quality education. Learn more
Peter Eigen is the founder of Transparency International and a pioneer of the global fight against corruption. He received the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2016 for developing and leading groundbreaking initiatives to improve governance and raise awareness of the devastating effects of corruption on economic growth, social welfare and justice. Learn more
Physician and human rights activist Dr. Denis Mukwege received the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2014 for tirelessly working with and for women who have suffered excruciatingly traumatic and violent attacks in the name of war. He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels. Learn more
Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, was awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2013 for serving as a pioneer in corporate social responsibility. Chouinard has consistently made business decisions solely for the sake of the environment in his goal to, “create the best quality with the least impact.” Learn more
Environmentalist David Suzuki received the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2012 for his global leadership on issues of sustainable ecology and climate justice. In 1990, he co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation whose main missions are transforming the economy, protecting the climate, reconnecting with nature, and building communities of individuals who live healthier, more fulfilled and just lives. Learn more
Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa received the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2011 for spending the last 20 years defending journalists and resisting government corruption in her home country of Zimbabwe. She also champions social causes such as eradicating AIDS and poverty, protecting the rights of women and children, and helping poor farmers wrongfully evicted from their land by the government. Learn more
Former U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights Mary Robinson received the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2009 for her work as an advocate for global human rights, health care, sustainability and corporate responsibility. Most recently, Robinson founded the nonprofit organization Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative to promote equitable trade, humane practices in the work environment, corporate responsibility and women's leadership. Learn more