About the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence
The purpose of the Inamori Center is to foster ethical leadership around the world. The Inamori Center fulfills its purpose by awarding the annual Inamori Ethics Prize; collaborating with people and entities at Case Western Reserve University, in the regional community, and around the United States and the world; and sponsoring ethics research, scholarship, symposia, lectures, and other means of ethical discourse. As a beginning to influencing ethical leadership around the world, we seek to create a strong understanding of ethics, ethical thinking, and ethical behavior for all students, staff, and faculty at Case.
The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence began in July 2006 as the result of a generous gift from Kazuo Inamori and the Inamori Foundation of Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Inamori, founder of the Kyocera Corporation, believes that “people have no higher calling than to serve the greater good of humankind and society” and “the future of humanity can be assured only through the balance of scientific progress and spiritual maturity.” The Inamori Center will foster the development of future leaders who will, in the words of Kazuo Inamori, “Serve humankind through ethical deeds rather than actions based on self-interest and selfish desires.”
The Inamori International Center 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. As a university-wide organization, the Inamori Center will work in concert with existing university ethics-related programs as well as with others from the national and international communities.