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Get to Know the Center

Learn how the Center puts its mission to elevate ethics into action through learning initiatives, research, and more.

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Our Mission

The American College Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services aims to raise the level of ethical behavior in the financial services industry by helping individuals and companies think more critically about solutions for the benefit of society.

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Building Trust in Business and Society


Rate at which the world’s most ethical companies financially outperform their competition.1


Of surveyed consumers selected financial services as the most trusted of seven service industry sectors.2


Of surveyed consumers making less than $50,000 a year report low trust in financial services.2

Our Approach

  • Our Alliance for Ethics

    The Alliance for Ethics is a community of corporate supporters of the Center for Ethics and an opportunity for financial firms to join a community of professionals and organizations to learn about the latest research on ethics in financial services, provide insight on new research topics, and attend exclusive Alliance-only events.

  • Industry-Leading Research

    Our faculty, staff, fellows, and scholars are consistently making news in the financial services industry with their work in diverse fields of study and connecting the latest in ethical theory and practice with trending topics in the business world today. Research and insights from the Center for Ethics are regularly featured in major media publications.

  • Community of Allies

    From panel-driven webcasts to more formal and in-person learning initiatives such as the yearly Forum on Ethical Leadership and the Trust & Leadership Certificate Program, the Center for Ethics strives to bring together professionals from a broad range of backgrounds to find common ground and solutions to today’s biggest ethical challenges.

  • A Community of EthicAllies

    EthicAlly is the monthly newsletter of the Center for Ethics and aims to inform readers about trends related to ethics in financial services, as well as to help industry leaders get ahead of stakeholder management challenges. We strive to be your trusted resource of expert knowledge on ethics in financial services. Sign up by visiting our Get Involved page.

The Center for Ethics uses a four-pillared approach to promote ethical standards in the industry and encourage field leaders to utilize ethical business practices.

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Resources to Expand Your Mindset


1 World’s Most Ethical Companies. EthiSphere. 2022.

2 The American College Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services. Trust in Financial Services Study (2021 Consumer Survey) [Unpublished raw data set]. 2022.

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