Ethics is at the core of Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Our mission is to prepare innovative and ethical leaders who understand the impact of business on society and who create value for the world. Undergraduate and graduate students at Questrom encounter ethics in business throughout their curriculum from day one. Just as we provide our students with the skills needed to thrive in marketing, finance, and all key management disciplines, we provide ethical frameworks—the tools needed to recognize and consider the ethical dimensions of decisions—that lead to making informed judgments.

The Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy

Beyond our curriculum, Questrom is leading the charge in ethics through the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy. The Susilo Institute develops ethical capacity in today’s and tomorrow’s global business decision-makers to lead with integrity, inspire courage through action, and use their voices boldly to impact their organizations and the world. It activates this mission in the context of cross-cultural relationships, with a focus on understanding, appreciating, and learning from Eastern and Western perspectives.

The Susilo Institute was established in 2015 through a generous endowment in perpetuity from BU alumni parent and Indonesian businessman Harry Susilo. As Questrom’s first permanently endowed institute, it is distinct in its place at the intersection of ethics, economics, and global culture. Through its dedication to committed engagement, informed dialogue, engagement, and impassioned debate surrounding today’s most pressing issues in global ethics and the economy, the Institute ensures that Questrom students and business leaders have the information and tools necessary to make the most strategic, effective, and responsible decisions for themselves and their organizations.

Our Business Creed

From its earliest years, Boston University’s College of Business Administration, now the Questrom School of Business, has followed a code of ethics conceived by our founding dean, Everett W. Lord. Written in the language of its time, this code remains the core of our educational mission.

We believe
In TRUTH, the only foundation of success:
In SERVICE, the motive of business:
In the GOLDEN RULE, the unchanging standard of conduct:
In the consciousness of SERVICE PERFORMED, the sufficient reward of endeavor.
Everett W. Lord, Dean, 1913–1941