Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) is once again calling for nominations for the premier award in business ethics – BBB’s Torch Award for Ethics. BBB Torch Awards for Ethics recognize area companies which lead by way of example through the display of outstanding ethics in their dealings with customers, employees, vendors and within their communities.
All for-profit businesses of any size, owned or operated in Minnesota or North Dakota, are eligible. Nominees must be in good standing with the BBB; however BBB Accreditation is not a requirement to compete for the award. This year’s Torch Awards for Ethics nomination deadline is May 5, 2015.
“Our Torch Awards for Ethics recognize companies which set the bar in terms of service and overall excellence,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. “They honor the hard work and commitment of ethical business owners and the dedication of the people they employ.”
Companies can be nominated online by visiting thefirstbbb.org/nominate or by sending the company name, contact name, address, phone number, and email along with the nominator’s name and phone number to: BBB, Attn: Mackenzie Kelley, 220. S. River Ridge Circle, Burnsville, MN 55337; or by faxing the information to 651-695-2487. Nominations for the 2015 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics are open to the public. Business owners or employees may also nominate their own firms.
Entrants are judged on six areas of their business: Leadership Commitment to Ethics; Communications of Ethical Practices; Organizational Commitment to Ethical Practice; Organizational Commitment to Performance Management Practices; Organizational Commitment to Ethical Human Resource Practices; and Organizational Commitment to the Community.
“We know the business community in Minnesota and North Dakota is a constellation comprised of upstanding firms which operate with integrity and ethics,” added Badgerow. “These awards salute those companies which shine brightest among us.”
Nominated companies will receive an official entry form from BBB. An independent panel of judges will decide the award finalists and recipients. Winners will be announced live at BBB’s 2015 Torch Awards for Ethics ceremony on October 29, which will be held at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center.
The mission of Better Business Bureau is to be the leader in building marketplace trust by promoting, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, assist and protect the general public. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact BBB at bbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.