BBB Center for Character Ethics Announces the 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics Recipients

November 01, 2017

Columbus, Ohio
Better Business Bureau®(BBB) Center for Character Ethics® will celebrate its Torch Awards for Ethics℠ annual program by recognizing five organizations who were selected as the 2017 recipients. The recipients will be honored at a luncheon event held at The Ohio State University on Tuesday, November 14.

"These businesses and nonprofit organizations have all stood out as being very intentional about exceeding marketplace standards for ethics. Additionally, they have all conveyed the importance of the application process  and evaluating themselves against the six Principles of Trust,” said Kip Morse, President & CEO of BBB serving Central Ohio.

Recipients of the 2017 Torch Awards include: Acloché, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, The Eco Plumbers, Echoing Hills and Ohio Basement Authority.

Ten Students of Integrity Scholarship Recipients from high schools throughout Central Ohio and the 2017 Spark Award recipients  will also be recognized at the luncheon.

Founded in 1994, the national award-winning “educate & recognize” program is the premier public recognition of organizations that intentionally pursue the six TRUST! Principles. The award embodies BBB’s mission of advancing marketplace trust by honoring companies whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character and ensure that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics, and consequently generate trust. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities.

This year’s luncheon will also feature key finding from the 2017 Columbus Trust Study, presented by FrazierHeiby and Illuminology.

BBB Torch Award Luncheon information and event registration is available at:

About BBB
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central Ohio, which was founded in 1921 and serves 21 counties in Central Ohio.

About BBB Center for Character Ethics
BBB’s Center for Character Ethics is a business-supported, free-enterprise advancing non-profit organization focused on serving business managers & classroom educators with leadership character and organizational ethics strengthening resources. Our mission is to provide character ethics assessment, training and recognition to for-profit and nonprofit leaders and to provide k-16 educator-focused character strengthening programs. As a result, we intend to help both producers and consumers flourish in central Ohio.

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Jessica Kapcar