Ethics Initiative

An initiative to deliver principle-based ethics education

Participating Schools

Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition

Purpose and Format

Case Competition WinnersThe University of New Mexico team placed first in the 2015 Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition

The Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition — a component of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program — exposes students to a thought-provoking business ethics case that they might face in their professional careers.

This competition builds on the solid principle-based ethical framework central to decision making in a complex business environment. Ethics demonstrated in the competition should convey that principles are a constant foundation not relative to a specific situation, and that doing what's right prevails over self-interest, even when the two appear to conflict.

Student teams collaboratively analyze, present, and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges. Students compete with teams from other Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative schools. The experience challenges students' ethical reasoning, provides a significant networking opportunity, and in the end, raises students’ awareness of the importance of principle-based ethics.


The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles will be integrated into all program components.


One team from each of the ten Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative business schools is invited to attend and compete. Teams are comprised of four to six full-time undergraduate business students (business major/minor, pre-business, or enrolled in a business class). All student team members must be enrolled at the school they represent.

Up to two faculty advisors may attend to support each team. In addition, our law school partner will make a legal advisor available to each participating team.

Competition Structure

The Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition blends a traditional case competition with a crisis management simulation.