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Minnesota and North Dakota
Torch Awards for Ethics
Recognizing companies that demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to ethics in all aspects of business

Torch AwardsThe Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics (previously known as the Integrity Awards) recognize companies who display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. This award is open to all for-profit businesses in Minnesota and North Dakota, who are in good standing with the BBB. Membership in the BBB is not required.

How does it work?
A company must first be nominated for the award.

There are four available size categories based upon number of employees:

  • Category I: 1 – 10 employees
  • Category II: 11 – 50 employees
  • Category III: 51 – 175 employees
  • Category IV: 175+ employees

After a company is nominated, they are asked to complete a formal entry. The entry asks each company to demonstrate their commitment to ethics by addressing the following six categories:

  • 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
  • Organizational Commitment to the Community

The Judging Process
Entries are then reviewed by an independent panel of judges. The judges determine the finalists and award recipients for each category. All companies are recognized at the Torch Awards ceremony and the winners are announced live at the event.

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

  • They have been in business less than 3 years
  • They have earned less than a “B” rating from the BBB
  • There are indications they have not met their financial obligations
  • They have won this award in the past five years

Key Dates
Nominations Due: May 6, 2014 by 5:00 PM
Workshops: June 3, 2014 (2-3 PM) and June 5, 2014 (9:30-10:30 AM)
Entry Deadline: July 16, 2014 by 4:00 PM
Award Ceremony: October 29, 2014, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, McNamara Alumni Center

More information on the 2014 Torch Awards for Ethics ceremony

Questions?
Contact BBB Event Coordinator Mackenzie Kelley at 651-695-2482 or mackenzie.kelley@thefirstbbb.org.

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