Why Corruption is the Largest Problem in the World (and how Ethics and Education are the paths Forward)

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Discover how to combat corruption and support the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 by using education and accountability to address unethical decision-making.

Jay Albanese, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Identification of the world's largest problems illustrates how corruption either created them or brought them to a crisis point. Corruption impacts every Sustainable Development Goal in the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The problem of unethical decision-making, as a precursor to corruption, is crucial to address, because it provides the path to appreciate that there is a greater purpose in life than self-interest. Ethics education, training, and accountability can reduce the pervasiveness of self-seeking conduct through recognition of ethical principles, and obligations to others, to reduce the number of motivated actors seeking unethical advantage through corrupt decisions both locally and globally. A path forward to achieve this objective was outlined.