Our mission and values

Driven by our long-standing vision for a better world, Chatham House’s mission and values underpin three ambitious goals for our second century.

Our mission

Chatham House’s mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

We pursue our mission through dialogue, analysis and solutions-based ideas, and by empowering the next generation to build a better world.

As we embark on our second century, we are focused on three goals for the future.

Our second century goals

Sustainable and equitable growth
Design pathways to sustainable growth that protect the planet and reduce inequalities in and between countries

Peaceful and thriving societies
Promote the rule of law over the rule of force, so as to reduce levels of human insecurity, enhance resilience and prevent large-scale conflict.

Accountable and inclusive governance
Enable greater political accountability and more inclusive governance at the global, regional and sectoral levels.

To achieve each goal, we need to understand the impact of, and opportunities from, technological innovation. It is equally important to reach, engage and inspire the next generation. We integrate both elements in all our work

Our values

The independence of our thinking, its rigour and creativity, is what makes it influential.

Inclusivity and diversity
We ground our analysis and solutions in an inclusive approach. We bring diverse voices to the table to find common solutions to shared problems. We ensure that our research and outputs are widely accessible, so that people can develop their own voice in international affairs.

Collaboration is a core competence for our staff. It inspires our relationships with associates, partners, supporters and members. It helps us to develop global networks to find positive, durable solutions to policy challenges.

We do not take institutional positions on policy issues. We owe no allegiance to any government or political body. The views of our experts are not those of the Institute.

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