Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organization. It promotes moral and ethical values which were known over 3500 years ago. Modern Freemasonry arose in 17th-century Scotland and England, and the first grand lodge was established in London in 1717. Over the last 300 years, our society has been dedicated to self-improvement, moral thought and action, tolerance towards others, building our communities, and charity. It is open to men of every background who can profess a life of honour and virtue. Today Freemasons can be found in almost every country in every corner of the globe, quietly trying to make the World a better place.