The ESADE community Statement of Values

The ESADE community Statement of Values was approved by the ESADE Foundation Board of Trustees on 24th January 2008, having previously been endorsed by the management team, and following a public consultation with faculty members, the administration and service team and student representatives.


ESADE aims to educate highly-professional individuals aware of their responsibilities as national and global citizens, sensitive to issues of solidarity and social justice and keen to engage in collective projects. To that end, ESADE actively promotes 'human quality': the harmony of knowledge, judgement, balance and depth that generates composed, rational, reliable citizens capable of cherishing fundamental values.

Being part of a university institution such as ESADE should involve an attitude of commitment to its mission: a commitment which is expressed in the values governing our daily coexistence and academic activity. People who share these values make up the ESADE community.

Members of ESADE freely form part of its community and, by accepting these basic values, each member should decide on their own way of putting them into practice. In this climate of freedom and mutual respect, ESADE invites its members to nurture actions and behaviour that are consistent with said values.

The Statement is open to any change which the community may undergo in the future.


The ESADE community is committed to promoting a set of values consistent with human qualities and academic and professional excellence, values which should serve our local and global society. These values are:
1. Acting with integrity in academic and professional work. This means behaving, even under difficult circumstances, in a manner that reflects the institution's commitment to fundamental values such as determination and effort in personal performance, honesty, a critical spirit, fairness and a sense of responsibility.
3. Valuing diversity positively and learning from the differences between people, ideas and situations. This means understanding that differences of gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic origin, culture, language, religion, sexual orientation, physical characteristics and others are valuable opportunities to learn about other people, the world and oneself.
5. Assuming responsibilities and commitments to create a fairer society.
This means understanding not only what reality actually 'is', but also what it 'should be' according to justice, a fundamental value stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
2. Respecting colleagues, others and oneself, and being sensitive to the specific circumstances of other people. This means recognising the dignity of all individuals and being able to accompany and help others when needed, working towards building a fairer and more humane world.

4. Pursuing, sharing and enriching the common good of the ESADE community. This means being aware that the pursuit of one's own interests cannot be separated from the good of the community as a whole, and this is reflected in attitudes of respect and responsibility towards the community.


Based on these values, the members of the ESADE community undertake to act with personal integrity, professional excellence and social responsibility.

  • Personal integrity means that words and actions are consistent with each other, with personal convictions or beliefs and with the values included in this Statement.
  • Professional excellence means determination in performing our activities, a culture of effort, continuous up-dating of knowledge, a capacity for independence and cooperation, innovative creativity and a spirit of duty and self-improvement.
  • Social responsibility means accepting and taking into account the consequences of one's own decisions and their impact on justice in organisations and society, both locally and globally.