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At the British Council we create connections, understanding and trust, through arts and culture, education and English.

Through our work, we promote gender equality, inclusivity and a response to climate change in a globalized, changing world. We are also committed to the safety and wellbeing of the minors who we work with.

These are the four core activities behind our social commitment in the 100-plus countries - including Ireland - that we work in worldwide. One more thing that defines our endeavour, providing depth in the work that we do, is our corporate values.

Our Corporate Values

These are the principles that govern our work in education and culture across the world, and the way in which we relate to our, colleagues, customers and everybody involved in our activity.

Our corporate values also motivate us to become the best version of ourselves, making us feel that our individual contribution – within the British Council and in the community where we operate – is relevant, regardless of our position in the organisation.

  • Open and committed: our belief in what we are doing is embodied in our profound long-term commitment to people and the places we work. We face challenges and take responsibility openly and honestly in order to produce a positive change in society.
  • Expert and inclusive: inclusivity is at the core of all we do. We involve all kinds of people in our conversation on education and culture, in order to learn from each other and to share our knowledge, experience and know-how, enabling us to develop our work in the best way possible.
  • Optimistic and bold: we believe in the potential of new generations to build a better world. This optimism makes us positive and creative, as we focus on change. We are not afraid of taking bold decisions which can help bring about a better future for everyone.