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Upstate South Carolina
Business of Integrity Awards
Recognizing companies that demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to ethics in all aspects of business.

The Better Business Bureau Business of 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 the Upstate of South Carolina, 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 – 49 employees
  • Category III: 50 – 199 employees
  • Category IV: 200+ employees 

After a company is nominated, they are asked to complete a formal entry. The three awards companies can apply for are Marketplace Ethics, Customer Service, and Community Service

1) Applicants must be a company that demonstrates:

  • Ethical practices in the marketplace
  • Honest marketing and advertising practices
  • Community industry recognition for sound business practices
  • Effective training and assistance for their employees in carrying out ethical
  • policies.

2) Applicant must submit an essay or business profile questionnaire not to exceed 1000 words stating why their company should be considered for this award. The nominated company will be required to pay $100 entry fee which will apply to one category. Applications for additional categories will require an additional $50 fee for each category and separate application for each category. The entry fee of $100 will include two tickets to the BBB Business of Integrity Dinner on Thursday, October 30 at the Hilton Greenville where finalists and award winners will be recognized. Only 2 tickets included regardless of number of categories entered.

Types of Awards
AWARD FOR MARKETPLACE ETHICS
Applicants must submit an essay not to exceed 1,000 words or business profile questionnaire stating why the company should be considered for this award. Essay should include the following:

  1. Information highlighting specific business and management practices relevant to ethics in the marketplace.
  2. Information that shows the company’s commitment to fair and honest conduct in the marketplace.
  3. Information showing the company’s position regarding business integrity and ethical practices. This may include a formally adopted policy or mission statement.
  4. Applicant is required to include a customer reference of at least two years that attests to the demonstration of ethical standard for your business. 

AWARD FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
Applicants must submit an essay not to exceed 1,000 words or business profile questionnaire stating why the company should be considered for this award. The essay should include the following:

  1. Information from a Customer Service Policy that specifically highlights ethics in customer service.
  2. Information regarding training of employees with regard to Customer Service.
  3. Specific information regarding how the company handles consumer complaints.
  4. Attach at least three letters from customers regarding outstanding Customer Service.

AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Applicants must submit an essay not to exceed 1,000 words or business profile questionnaire stating why the company should be considered for this award. The essay should include the following:

  1. Information regarding the company’s participation with any charity or community organization.
  2. Information regarding individual employee’s outstanding participation with any charity or community organization.
  3. Information showing why participation within a charity or community organization is important to the company and its employees. Include specific results realized due to your company’s leadership role in a charity or community organization.
  4. How your company encourages or allows participation in charitable or community organizations (such as paid time off for participation or requiring a certain number of hours of participation).
  5. In this category, applicants may include pictures of trophies, plaques, certificates and other items that demonstrate participation in community organizations.

The 2014 Business of Integrity Award entry requires a $100 Application Fee, which includes two tickets to the BBB Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 30, at the Hilton Greenville where finalists and award winners will be recognized. Applications for additional categories will require a separate application and an additional $50 fee per category, but does not include additional tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased.

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 Business & Student of Integrity Awards Gala 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: September 5, 2014 by 5:00 PM
Entry Deadline: September 19, 2014 by 4:00 PM
Award Ceremony:  October 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Questions?
Contact Tammy Dankovich at (864) 242-5052 or tammy@upstatesc.bbb.org.