Our Mission

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) empowers organizations to build and sustain High Quality Ethics & Compliance Programs (HQPs).

ECI provides leading ethics and compliance research and best practices, networking opportunities and certification to its membership, which represents more than 450 organizations across all industries.
ECI is comprised of three nonprofit organizations: the Ethics Research Center, the Ethics & Compliance Association and the Ethics & Compliance Certification Institute.


Introduced in 2014, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) is the most powerful and complete resource for the ethics and compliance profession. ECI is the only organization in the ethics and compliance industry that presents new ideas and benchmarks grounded in research, then connects those ideas with practitioners and partners in meaningful ways, including a best practice community, education and certification.

To provide the best research, community and certification opportunities for its members, ECI brings together the capabilities, experience and legacies of two of the most revered organizations in ethics and compliance: the Ethics & Compliance Association (ECA) and the Ethics Resource Center (ERC).

RESEARCH: Founded in 1922, the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) is the research arm of ECI. It is America’s oldest non-profit organization devoted to independent research to advance high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions. Recognized as the industry’s leading research group, ERC analyzes current and emerging issues to produce new ideas and benchmarks.

COMMUNITY: The Ethics & Compliance Association (ECA) is the membership community of ECI. This community provides learning through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of best practice in ethics and compliance programs. The association connects global practitioners, thought-leaders, academicians and partners.

CERTIFICATION: ECI provides ethics & compliance training and certification opportunities through our Elevating Ethics & Compliance (E2C) training and Leadership Professional in Ethics & Compliance (LPEC) certification.

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