Framework of Ethics and Values

A stable society of well-being can only be founded on knowledge, ethics and values.

Our Scientific Background

The Framework of Ethics and Values provides a comprehensive and balanced overview of commonly accepted values.

The Framework is a document developed by the Jože Trontelj Institute for Ethics and Values. It is an evidence-based framework derived from historical and cultural bases of European values and ethics, as well as from major contemporary scientific value models.

It enables systematic scientific assessment of the state of ethics and values in various institutions or communities, and is used by the Jože Trontelj Institute for Ethics and Values as a base for our projects and research in education and other fields.

10 Value Domains

The Framework is divided into ten domains, each of which comprises several corresponding values.

10 Value domains

The Framework of Ethics and Values is divided into ten domains, each of which comprises several corresponding values.

Life, Nature, Health

Life is probably the most spectacular and most complex natural phenomenon, and also the greatest and most fundamental treasure among the multitude of humankind’s value categories.


Humanity is closely connected to humanism, a mentality based on the concept of human dignity and the resulting rights, freedoms, and responsibilities.

Social Concern

Social concern is of great importance for humankind’s very existence, as humans are social beings, our lives depending on mutual assistance and cooperation.


Integrity is a postulate of good character and personal maturity in all known cultures and civilisations, often considered the essence of personal, individual moral greatness.


Justice represents conduct in line with the conviction to treat all people equally, especially in regards to sanctioning their actions, unconditionally and without exception.


Universalism includes principles, beliefs and practices that contribute to humankind's overall welfare and can be thought of as general, universal.


Culture encompasses humankind’s achievements and creations that are transmitted from generation to generation, gradually accumulating and expanding.


Tradition incorporates a society’s cultural, material and spiritual achievements, as well as the skills, habits and customs the society has developed through history.

Work, Creativity

Work and creativity are at the essence of our civilisation, and humankind itself would not be what it is if not for the manufacture and use of tools.

Wisdom and Knowledge

Knowledge and wisdom, the combination of human intellect and moral character, are among the basic guiding principles of a stable and happy society.