Our History

Ethical Legacies was conceptualized in 2014 by Craig R. Gordon, a visionary who has spent much of his adult life working to make the world a better place by focusing on corporate ethics and sustainability. As a fourth generation co-owner in a North Carolina-based family recycling business dating back over 100 years, Craig earned his bachelor’s degree in geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by an MBA at Barry University. 

Following his studies, Gordon joined the family fold, overseeing various aspects of his family business’s day-to-day operations. But when doctors at the Mayo Clinic diagnosed Gordon with an auto-immune illness in 1984, Craig decided to dedicate his life’s purpose to continuing education in the interest of making the business world more ethical and environmentally sustainable.

Over the last 25 years Gordon has curated a distinctive resource library of materials. As this library has progressively grown, Gordon now aims to share this information worldwide so that both companies and individuals can learn to apply these philosophies and business practices. To accomplish his dream, Gordon has assembled a team of professionals to carry out his vision and to provide the world with resources to power sustainable change. That team is Legacy Education Group. Legacy Education Group is the parent organization for Ethical Legacies Foundation and presents this website to endorse community enhancement efforts and provide free educational material.

Our team represents an assortment of elite universities and provides expertise in subject areas that are pertinent to Ethical Legacies’s six Values: Trust, Transparency, Ethics, Morals, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and Sustainable Development. With more than 70 years of combined journalistic experience; bylines with over two dozen publications; and extensive area knowledge in the environment, health sciences, law, economics, philosophy, and psychology, the Ethical Legacies team’s diverse background enables them to tackle wide-ranging subject matter with an unmatched level of expertise.

Gordon and his team recognized that there was an opportunity for companies and the individuals that represent them to adopt ethical practices and make better decisions in the interest of their communities and stakeholders, particularly given the limited resources which currently exist to inform and support these efforts.They saw that Ethical Legacies could be that resource. The Ethical Legacies team applies its experience and understanding of complex concepts to create content whose insight and in-depth analysis is of unparalleled value to you, the reader, and to small and family businesses everywhere. We hope you will join us on our responsible business journey!

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