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The Harvard oath:

As a manager, my purpose is to serve the greater good by bringing people and resources together to create value that no single individual can create alone.

Therefore, I will seek a course that enhances the value my enterprise can create for society over the long term. I recognize my decisions can have far-reaching consequences that affect the well-being of individuals inside and outside my enterprise, today and in the future. As I reconcile the interests of different constituencies, I will face choices that are not easy for me and others. Therefore, I promise:

I will act with utmost integrity and pursue my work in an ethical manner.

I will safeguard the interests of my shareholders, co-workers, customers and the society in which we operate.

I will manage my enterprise in good faith, guarding against decisions and behaviour that advance my own narrow ambitions but harm the enterprise and the societies it serves.

I will understand and uphold, both in letter and in spirit, the laws and contracts governing my own conduct and that of my enterprise.

I will take responsibility for my actions, and I will represent the performance and risks of my enterprise accurately and honestly.

I will develop both myself and other managers under my supervision so that the profession continues to grow and contribute to the well-being of society.

I will strive to create sustainable economic, social, and environmental prosperity worldwide.

I will be accountable to my peers and they will be accountable to me for living by this oath.

This oath I make freely, and upon my honour.

The Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa) oath

As a manager, my actions will affect the well-being of all stakeholders; accordingly, I will strive to create and sustain value over the long term while maintaining a commitment to social, ethical and global values.

I will be responsible to all stakeholders, and this will include employees, shareholders, customers, the community in which I operate, and all those that may be affected by my actions.

I will act with integrity and respect in all my dealings, making transparency paramount and demanding the same in return.

I will allow neither ego nor malice to play a role in my decision-making process.

I will conduct my activities in an environmentally sustainable manner, and will consider the true societal costs when making investment and operating decisions.

I will maintain the same care and vigilance when dealing with public money as I would if it were my own.

I will obey and uphold local and international laws wherever and with whomever I engage in commercial activities with, whether personally or on behalf of a corporate, government, or non-profit entity.

I will similarly oppose corruption and any dishonest practices whether or not prohibited by local or international law.

I will accept and take responsibility for my actions, honestly and without exception.

I pledge to perpetuate the text and spirit of this oath to those present, to my classmates, my community, and my world.

We, the Telfer MBA Class of 2009 hereby take this oath, as professional managers.

Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario)

I, (name), standing before my mentors and my peers, commit myself to venerate the traditions, reputation and integrity of the practice of business. I accept entry into an exclusive network of Ivey Business School Alumni.

I acknowledge the responsibilities and value the benefits of being a member of such an association.

I will, to the best of my ability, act honourably and ethically in all my dealings, in the belief and knowledge that doing so will lead to a greater good.

I will express my ideas and opinions openly and without reservation, so long as they do not impinge on the rights and freedoms of others, whoever they may be.

I will endeavour to act with moral clarity, grace and nobility.

I understand that I am now a member of a distinguished community. I will strive to uphold the standing of the community, with special obligation placed on encouraging and championing the pursuits of my fellow members.

I will acknowledge my limitations and my mistakes so that I may learn from them.

I will continue to seek new knowledge, never resting on past wisdom or successes.

Above all, I will aspire to make a positive contribution to my society.

I promise to uphold the traditions, integrity and high standards set by those alumni that came before me. I promise this to myself, my family, my fellow alumni and my school.

I accept this Ivey pledge freely and upon my honour.

 

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