Our partners actively collaborate on conferences, support research, and offer leadership.

The World Bank Group

The partnership among the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, the World Bank Institute, and the World Bank Institutional Integrity Vice Presidency promotes business ethics, good global governance, effective anti-corruption strategies, private sector leadership and corporate responsibility, and climate change abatement strategies.

Hills Program on Governance, Center for Strategic International Studies

The objectives of the Hills Program are to identify serious governance problems in both the public and private spheres, develop a better understanding of the corrupting influences that create such problems, and organize efforts to reduce those influences. The program accomplishes these objectives by performing research, organizing events, and engaging in track II initiatives. The program also acts as the nodal hub for the other six Hills Centers on Governance in academic institutions around the globe—the Philippines, Mexico, Kenya, China, Indonesia, and South Korea—that appreciate the need to better understand the corrupting influences of their respective regions, to undertake efforts to reduce those influences, and to help establish good governance.  It does so by providing strategic guidance and programmatic support for their activities. We also encourage academic institutions to broaden their curricula to recognize that effective efforts to reduce corruption entails a far broader approach than just law enforcement. Courses in political science, sociology, economics, and international relations are at least as important in that fight as are those in law.

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.

Center for Political Accountability

The Center for Political Accountability thanks the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research (“Zicklin Center”) of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. CPA and the Zicklin Center first announced in 2007 a collaborative effort on corporate governance and corporate political accountability.

2018 CPA Zicklin Index

Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

The Center has developed the Russian Compliance Alliance Initiative, an online system that is modeled on the self-assessment concepts of ISO9000 Quality Standards and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Common Assessment Framework (CAF).

Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

The Wharton-led and Penn-wide Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) provides a forum for business leaders with high-level environmental responsibilities to consult together with input from Wharton and other Penn faculty and selected experts on best practices, emerging environmental issues, national and international regulation and the latest research findings on relevant topics.

National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences’ Committee of Law and Justice branch works to improve governmental decision making and public policy, and to promote the understanding and dissemination of research in matters involving law and justice. It provides independent, expert reports on research on current areas of scientific contreversy, and identifies new areas of research.

Corporate Engagement with Public Policy

Corporate Engagement with Public Policy:  The BHR Pillar at the Zicklin Center partners with the Leadership Initiative on Corporate Engagement on Public Policy. The Initiative examines critically – through empirical research and consultations – the recent phenomenon of corporate advocacy, including CEO activism, on high-profile policy issues of universal concern, such as racism, immigration, gun violence, climate change, policy brutality, LGBTI rights, income equality, affordable housing, to name a few. The goal is to contribute to the development of a normative framework and operational guidance for managerial decision on whether, when, and how to engage on public policy issues especially as they are outside of their value chain. The recommendations and final report based on the first round of consultations are featured by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs at