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What are human values?

HUMAN VALUES are the positive, desirable qualities of character such as honesty, integrity, tolerance, responsibility, compassion, altruism, justice and respect inherent in all human beings. Human values are fundamental to human existence and span across cultures, nationalities and classes.


Human values cultivate an environment of trust, transparency, responsibility, caring, respect, cooperation, quality, and excellence. They are the internal motivators for people to do their best in line with good character, morality and ethics.




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Human Values for the working adult


We currently have two comprehensive programmes available for developing and facilitating human values in the workplace. The home page of each programme below contains links to download the full workbooks and guides at no cost, as well as other resource material and articles.


Individual participant workbooks and leader guides are available and can be used by anyone to facilitate a workshop, discussion group or training.


This programme has been developed by the Global Dharma Center, in partnership with Dr. Peter Pruzan, professor emeritus at the Copenhagen Business School, and his wife, Kirsten Pruzan Mikkelsen, a journalist and former editor who worked for almost 30 years at Det  Berlingske Hus, a major publishing house in Denmark. The aim of this self-guided programme is to assist people to expand their fulfilment and effectiveness at work by expressing their spiritual view of life and the human values of truth, right action, peace, love and non-violence.

The learning opportunities for this programme are:

  • To identify your own spiritual view of life from which you work and grow your career

  • To expand and unfold your natural ability to express each human value at work

  • To integrate what you think, say and do in accord with your spiritual view of life and the human values

  • To make your work an arena for spiritual growth, and to apply that spiritual growth at work 

This programme has been developed in a collaborative effort between UN-HABITAT and the Global Dharma Center, within the framework of the Human Values Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (HVWSHE) initiative of the Water for African/Asian Cities Programme.

The purpose of this capacity-building programme is to improve leadership and performance in every aspect of the water education and water supply and sanitation sectors, and to help bring about a new ethic in water use and management.


This programme can be used as resource material for incorporating human values and ethics into workshops, staff meetings, awareness programmes, leadership training, team-building, and organization development.


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This website was last updated  29 December 2018