Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics
Apply now for the 2016 Torch Awards!

BBB is now accepting applications for the 2016 Torch Awards!

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BBB Torch Awards were created to showcase ethical companies and charities in eastern North Carolina that build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, remain transparent, and honor their promises. Spotlighting these companies and charities fits the BBB mission to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.

All businesses and charities in eastern North Carolina are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • The company has been in business at least 3 years
  • The company has earned at least a 'B' rating from BBB
  • Government agencies are not eligible
  • The company met their financial obligations

Applying for the Torch Award will help you spotlight your employees for the great things they do every day. If you are chosen as a Torch Award winner, the rewards include free press and publicity, a crystal award, special promotion on BBB's website and much more.

In addition to naming winners, BBB will also recognize finalists in an ongoing campaign throughout the year.

To be considered, an organization must submit an application, along with all supporting documents, before 5 P.M., Monday, March 21, 2016. Entries must be received at our office by this date. For assistance with applying for the Torch Awards or to nominate a business, please contact


Your entry has five judging criteria, as outlined in Step 1 (Company Summary, Management Practices, Community/Investor/Stakeholder Relations, Communications and Marketing Practices, Industry Reputation). Each criteria has a maximum value of 20 points, for a total overall point value of 100. All entries should also include the completed application form in order to be considered.





Congratulations to the following businesses who were selected as winners and runner-up of the 2014 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics!


Custom Quality Carpentry (Durham)

Insight Pest Solutions (Morrisville)

Security Force (Raleigh)


Raleigh Heating & Air (Raleigh)





Click here to learn about BBB's annual Torch Scholarship program that recognizes students who personify high ethics as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history.