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 within 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 global, regional and sectoral levels.

Understanding the impact of, and opportunities from, technological innovation is critical to achieving each goal. Equally important is reaching, engaging and inspiring the next generation. We integrate both elements into all our work.

Our values

The independence of our thinking, as much as 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 our research and outputs are widely accessible, so 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 and helps us develop global networks to find positive, durable solutions to policy challenges.

Our Royal Charter and Bye-laws set out the institute’s aims and objectives and underscore our independence.

We do not take institutional positions on policy issues and owe no allegiance to any government or political body.

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