Ethical Consulting Advisory Firm

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Our Philosophy

We help companies disrupt, responsibly.

We design innovative, bespoke governance solutions to help some of the world’s leading companies identify and navigate moral quandaries.

We work with our clients to crystallize their core values and structure intellectual frameworks for ethical decision-making.

We build institutions and governance mechanisms that turn ethical ideas into principled solutions. Our clients use these tools to operationalize their values, answer hard questions, and make key decisions transparent to stakeholders and the public.

Improved ethical decision-making strengthens corporate culture allowing our clients to concentrate on building exemplary businesses. Deliberative reasoning helps our clients build trust with stakeholders and other communities by avoiding ad hoc and contradictory decisions.

At Ethical Compass, we believe the best way to add value is to add values.

Helping companies navigate ethics in a fast changing world.

Our Partners

Noah Feldman

Noah aspires to improve ethical decision-making in the private sector by creating and implementing new governance solutions. 

Noah has crafted ethical governance programs for leading companies. Most prominently, he conceived and architected the Facebook Oversight Board. He is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and host of the Deep Background podcast. 

In academic life, Noah is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Chair of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. 

Noah earned his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University, finishing first in his class. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D.Phil. from Oxford University, writing his dissertation on Aristotle’s Ethics. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is the author of 10 books.

Seth Berman

Seth is passionate about helping clients address the social challenges of new technology ethically and effectively.

For decades, Seth has worked in the public and private sector confronting the legal and ethical challenges of the digital age. Seth is a trusted counsellor to companies and executives facing existential challenges. He is a widely recognized expert on privacy and cybercrime law and the investigation of and response to cyber-attacks. Seth has extensive experience working with companies to craft governance and compliance programs.

Prior to co-founding Ethical Compass, Seth worked as a federal and state prosecutor and as a defense attorney. Seth also led the international operations of a digital forensics and incident response consulting company where he advised global corporations on preparing for and responding to cyberattacks.

Seth earned his A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. He teaches cybercrime law and procedure at Harvard Law School.

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Recent Projects
Conceived and architected the Facebook (now Meta) Oversight Board, to create a fair process for adjudicating complex and divisive content moderation issues.
Revise internal framework for content moderation for another social media company.
Worked with Anthropic and its counsel to structure, design and “red team” a Long-Term Benefit Trust to provide independent oversight of the company and ensure that the AI lab can fulfill its mission to create AI for the long-term benefit of humanity.
Created framework for an independent entity to ensure that a major biotech company could carefully consider the impact of its technology and strategy on Nature. 
Created an intellectual framework and governance structure for a major online retailer to allow it to determine what types of products it should refrain from selling even though it is legal to sell them (such as white supremacist or Nazi paraphernalia). 

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