What do a mobile paper shredding company, a pest controller, an employment agency, a food supplier, an office supplier and a network of car owners have in common?
These businesses are all finalists of the Better Business Bureau Torch Awards, an inaugural event to celebrate marketplace excellence.
"These companies were selected by a panel of experts for being model examples in the marketplace," said Lynda Pasacreta, BBB President and CEO. "Each company clearly demonstrates superior character on a daily basis and goes the extra mile in its relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, industry peers and in the communities they do business in.”
Marketplace Excellence is presented to a business in recognition of their superior commitment to exceptional standards that benefit their consumers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and surrounding communities.
The Marketplace Excellence 2008 finalists are:
Green Award, in partnership with BC Ethics in Action Society, honours a business for its programs or initiatives which promoted forward-thinking, sustainable business practice.
The Green Award 2008 finalists are:
The two winners will be announced and presented at the Torch Awards luncheon on October 15, 2008 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.
Also part of the Awards program will be the Advancing Marketplace Trust Award, which is presented to a business in recognition of an action, program, or sustainment activities that significantly and positively contribute to advancing trust in the marketplace.
A Consumer Leadership Award will also be presented to an individual who has significantly advanced marketplace trust through consumer advocacy, protection or education, through a specific action or lifetime achievement.
Featured presenter for the Torch Awards is Jack Poole, Vancouver 2010 Olympics Board Chairperson, and a recipient of the Order of British Columbia. Additionally, the CBC’s, Ian Hanomansing, will host the Torch Awards to 150 business executives this fall.
The Torch Awards is open to the public. For tickets and to learn more go to: www.mbc.bbb.org/torch.