Larry Colero

Larry Colero is best known globally for two articles he published on the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Applied Ethics website. A Framework for Universal Principles of Ethics has been used by governments, corporations, institutions, hospitals, post-secondary educators and professional associations across North America as well as in Europe, Russia, Africa, the Philippines and the Middle East.

Larry’s Corporate Integrity Checkup was profiled in Newsweek shortly after the Enron scandal, and his second article on the UBC site, Five Questions Corporate Directors Should Ask was translated and republished in journals across China, Europe and South America.

NOTE:  Before you reprint or distribute either of the UBC articles, request permission by emailing  larry[at]  or make your request in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

You can also request generic course materials incorporating Larry’s principles-based approach to ethics education. These can be adapted for your own use, and will soon to be available here as downloads. Sample handouts and participant manuals reflect Larry’s collaborative teaching style, which is based on dialogue and peer-based education – an approach he developed over ten years teaching corporate ethics as an adjunct for the graduate schools of business at both UBC and Simon Fraser University.

Larry is the past owner of Crossroads Programs Inc. As a consultant for more than 30 years, he provided advisory, educational and facilitation services for corporate ethics, governance, strategic planning and Project Partnering. Clients included major corporations, governments, institutes and associations across more than twenty distinct sectors of the economy in Canada, the US and the Caribbean.

As a professional facilitator, Larry created a Project Partnering process for the engineering and construction sector, frequently applied to alliances in general. Project Partnering sessions are open forums that allow project team leaders to anticipate problems through accelerated trust, collegiality and an early unified vision for project teams. Customized sessions were designed and facilitated for a wide variety of clients, including Women’s College Hospital (Toronto), Kelowna and Vernon Hospitals, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Government of Barbados and six major expansions to the Vancouver Airport.

5 thoughts on “Larry Colero

  • I would like permission to post this, and give due credit, on social media. This piece perfectly expresses universally-ethical analysis, something solely lacking in society. As the mother of 2 inquisitive children, I often find myself at a loss to explain the rationale of many things deemed acceptable by the masses without insulting others’ beliefs/choices; I would like to not only have this available for quick reference, but share this with my community as a tool for better communication and decision making. Thank you for your consideration.

  • I am a new Business Law & Ethics teacher in a private school in Kuwait (we use an American curriculum). I saw your article on the Five Questions Corporate Directors Should Ask. I thought that this would be a very good article for my students to review & discuss in my class. I would like to have permission to use this article with my students in class.

    I would also like to have some opportunity, if possible, to have a discussion with you (& maybe my students) on the issue of ethics in business. Please let me know if you would be interested in the opportunity with my students.

  • Hi Larry,

    I just read your interesting “Framework for Universal Principles of Ethics”. I feel like you missed the most important principle. This would be “a general reverence for life” (plant, animal, human). I seem to observe this for some reason. It seems to be lacking in most people. Maybe there would be less destruction of coniferous forests (clearcutting in North America), of jungle growth (Amazon), of grasslands (Africa, North and South America), extinction of animal species, loss of beneficial insects (bees, Monarch butterflies, etc.), and other instances of loss of life if people observed this as an ethical standard.

    • Thanks very much for your suggestion, Richard. I agree that reverence for life is an important principle to follow in leading an ethical life. I didn’t include it in the original framework because in my research, I found that some cultures do not share this view. However, UBC offered me the opportunity to update the article for 2018, and after considerable reflection, I decided you are right – the principle is globally prevalent, and an important consideration in making ethical choices.

      So I have now added “reverence for life” to the new version with an explanatory comment and credit to you for urging me to include this last principle in the list. See the update at

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