About the Program

Presented annually since 1996, the International Torch Awards for Ethics (ITAE) honors companies who demonstrate best practices in leadership character and high standards of organizational ethics that benefits their customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and communities  The award embodies the Better Business Bureau  mission of advancing trust in the marketplace. 

The International Torch Award for Ethics is open to all for-profit businesses in North America that provide goods or services to retail and/or wholesale markets. Non-profit organizations or businesses whose primary markets are local, state or federal governments are NOT ELIGIBLE for this award. BBB Accredited Business status is not a requirement for entry or participation.

BBBs in Canada and the United States conduct local competitions, forwarding winning entries for consideration in the award competition. Businesses may also self-nominate for the ITAE.

A company is not eligible if any of the following conditions apply:

  • They have been in business less than three years
  • They have earned less than a “B” rating from BBB
  • There are indications they have not met their financial obligations
  • They have been the recipient of the International Torch Award in the past three years

Selection Process
Entries are evaluated by an independent, voluntary, panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders.

Companies entering the competition will be judged in one of four categories based on the number of company-wide employees:

  • Category 1 –500 or more employees
  • Category 2 – 100 – 499 employees
  • Category 3 – 11- 99 employees
  • Category 4 - 1 -10 employees

Key Dates

  • Deadline for entries: May 31, 2016
  • Winners announced: July 2016

2016 International Torch Award for Ethics winners will be recognized at a special ceremony in Indianapolis, IN in conjunction with the International Assembly of BBBs.  Exact date of ceremony TBD.

For additional information on the award, contact Sheila Adkins