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About ECI Research

Content provided by the Ethics Research Center (ERC), the research arm of ECI.

ECI's research arm is the Ethics Research Center (ERC). Dating back to 1922, ERC is America’s oldest non-profit devoted to independent research to advance high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions. Through ERC, ECI produces industry-leading research, including the National Business Ethics Survey® of the American workplace. In our work, we analyze current and emerging issues, establish benchmarks, generate new approaches to challenges and guide organizations’ ethics and compliance efforts.


All of ECI's research has a single goal in mind: arming business leaders and ethics and compliance practitioners with knowledge and resources to encourage ethical conduct in their workplaces. We strive to identify best practices, so you can implement them.


ECI is frequently called upon to present its research to leaders from the private and public sectors, including Congress, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, executive leaders of Fortune 100 companies, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Brookings Institution. Select research is also presented in ECI’s free webcasts

Through our research we have uncovered key insights about workplace ethics and compliance and determined the two factors that drive down ethics and compliance risk.

ECI’s research falls into three key categories:

  • The National Business Ethics Survey® (NBES®) is the U.S. benchmark on workplace conduct since 1994. NBES and its supplemental reports provide a snapshot of trends in workplace ethics and identify the drivers that improve employee conduct. 
  • Through its Benchmarking and Assessment Services, ECI works with clients to assess their needs and provide research-driven insights into best practices and solutions.
  • Drawing on sponsored and client-based research, ECI has also developed Best Practice Insights and Tools  to provide business leaders with critical knowledge and practical resources to build effective ethics and compliance programs and strong ethics cultures. All of this research is available in ECI’s comprehensive Online Resource Center, which features best practice reports, free toolkits, resources by category and federal issues. The ECI Online Resource Center is searchable by topic, title, document type and keyword. Full access to the ECI Online Resource Center is exclusive to ECI members, but select content, including executive summaries of reports and our online Ethics Toolkit, is publicly available.

ECI’s research projects are underwritten by the generous support of our sponsors from the public and private sectors. ECI’s client-based work is fee-for-service, and related research projects are funded by clients who request further research.