The BBB International Torch Awards program recognizes outstanding businesses and individuals. The Torch Awards will recognize achievements in the following area:
Marketplace Excellence - presented to businesses in recognition of their superior commitment to exceptional standards that benefit their consumers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and surrounding communities.
Businesses entering the Marketplace Excellence Award competition will be judged in one of three categories based on the number of employees:
The award for Marketplace Excellence 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.
BBBs in Canada and the United States conduct local competitions, forwarding winning entries for consideration in this category. Businesses may also self-nominate for the Marketplace Excellence category. BBB Accredited Business status is not a requirement for entry or consideration.
A business is not eligible if any of the following conditions apply:
Key Dates for 2013
Other Award Category
Consumer Leadership – presented to an individual who has significantly advanced marketplace trust through consumer advocacy, protection or education, through a specific action or lifetime achievement.
The honoree for this category is selected via a closed nomination process and is not open to the public.
Entries are evaluated by an independent panel of judges comprised of volunteer business, academia and community leaders based on the four judging criteria.