Funded through the State Legislature, the Center is an outgrowth of local efforts to address the culture of corruption which had infiltrated many of Palm Beach County's institutions both public and private. In October of 2009, Palm Beach State College working with Leadership Palm Beach County hosted a meeting of major community partners and leaders to discuss what efforts and directions could and should be pursued.
The meeting featured a discussion led by Dr. Rushworth Kidder, founder and President of the Institute for Global Ethics. After that initial meeting, Palm Beach State College was encouraged to undertake a leadership role in both developing a plan and housing a center that would serve as the key local resource and focal point for establishing a culture of ethics in Palm Beach County.
The Center was officially launched in 2011 and continues to collaborate on key strategic initiatives in close cooperation with a diverse cross-sector cadre of community leaders.
To build and sustain a culture of ethics in Palm Beach County
In support of this mission, the Center for Applied Ethics focuses on education, training, research, and advocacy. The Center serves Palm Beach County, including government, the private sector, non-profit organizations, schools, communities, and others seeking to foster a positive ethical environment and culture. It also serves as a catalyst and major advocate for building and sustaining a culture of ethics in Palm Beach County.
Leaders from various Palm Beach County organizations and foundations currently serve as the Ethics Partnership Council for the Center for Applied Ethics.