The Unit for Environmental Ethics was established on 1 January 1992 as part of the Centre for Applied Ethics, situated in the Philosophy Department at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The Unit for Environmental Ethics is an academic, research and consulting body with a focus on the independent analysis and critical evaluation of environmental values.
It seeks to improve the quality of environmental decision-making in a developmental context. It sets out to achieve this by creating awareness and critical understanding of environmental values and their role in environmental policy and decision-making among leaders in business, government, and civil society.
The Unit's work comprises activity in the public and private spheres, academic and popular media, and the local and international contexts.