Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Strategic Planning Update

December 2020

In an effort to best meet our mission, we feel that it is necessary to pause periodically, to reflect, to assess our progress, and to consider the ever-evolving environment in which we act. We do this to see if we should maintain the direction we have set or if we should adjust our course. We also take this time to review, refine, and revise how we describe our mission and associated activities, which is currently as follows:


The Inamori Center seeks to initiate and support:

We meet our mission through:                                     









  • The study, teaching, and practice of ethics to nurture international awareness and understanding of our common humanity;

  • Exploration of ethics from global, interdisciplinary perspectives; and 

  • Ethical inquiry in both its practical and theoretical aspects.













  • The development of future global ethical leaders and the 

  • Recognition of present-day global ethical leaders who exemplify excellence in a wide range of human endeavors.

  • Mentorship of the CWRU student organization, Global Ethical Leaders Society (GELS); 

  • Partnerships with secondary schools; and the 

  • Presentation of the Inamori Ethics Prize to global ethical leaders who demonstrate exemplary ethical leadership and have greatly improved the condition of humankind.


Our Mission

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is dedicated to exploring ethical issues from a global perspective, to nurturing international awareness and understanding of our common humanity through the study, teaching and practice of ethics, and to the pursuit of excellence in all human endeavors.

The Inamori Center is charged with creating internationally recognized programs and initiatives devoted to ethical inquiry in both its practical and theoretical aspects, and to facilitating the development of future leaders who will, in the words of Dr. Inamori, "serve humankind through ethical deeds rather than actions based on self-interest and selfish desires."

Inamori Center goals and objectives include:

  • The promotion of research, education, teaching and practice related to a broad range of ethical issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives.
  • The development of knowledge and ethical perspectives that lead to excellence in business, law, politics, economics, medicine, technology and all other fields of human activity.
  • The advancement of local, national and global leaders who can make the ethical choices needed to protect humankind and the environment.
  • The facilitation and promotion of, and the partnering with, the university's existing ethics and ethics-related initiatives and programs as well as with institutions in the larger community.
  • The pursuit of these goals and objectives from interdisciplinary and global perspectives.