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Core Values

The Office of Ethics and Business Conduct (EBC) is a culture and value-based function that helps staff follow standards for appropriate professional conduct.  It also provides leadership, management, and oversight for the World Bank Group's ethics infrastructure.


The World Bank Group’s ethical framework flows directly from the five core values:

  • Personal honesty, integrity, commitment.
  • Working together in teams – with openness and trust.
  • Empowering others and respecting differences.
  • Encouraging risk-taking and responsibility.
  • Enjoying our work and our families.

These values are reflected in staff rules, policies and procedures and how we treat our colleagues and our clients.


There may not be a rule for every ethical situation you will face, and sometimes you may be faced with an ethical dilemma where the options both seem right.  At that time, the Bank’s Core Values can help you manage the situation.  


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