BBB's Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics
Celebrating businesses and charities that go above and beyond to exemplify ethical behavior and create a trusted marketplace: BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics.

Ethical behavior should be expected from every person, business, and nonprofit. Sadly, we don’t yet live in this kind of world. That’s why we celebrate and honor those businesses and charities that go above and beyond to exemplify ethical behavior. The Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics does just that: we point to Torch Award Recipients as prime examples of what it means to live in an ethics-centered community.


Applicants subject themselves to an intense self-evaluation of their business practices.

  1. They take a close look at how ethical decisions impact day-to-day operations.
  2. They take a high-level review of how they’ve resolved ethical dilemmas involving their customers, suppliers, vendors, and employees, and what the impact has been.
  3. Externally, they build an “ethical portfolio” of recognition and acknowledgements of a long-standing ethical reputation from industry peers.

This self-evaluation is reviewed by an independent panel of judges, comprised of business and nonprofit leaders—many past Torch Award Recipients themselves.

See what we look for when selecting Torch Award Recipients:

  • Review the entire Business Criteria here
  • Review the entire Nonprofit Criteria here


Celebratory Gala

The Torch Award judges select the Finalists and Recipients that are celebrated at our annual gala, where hundreds of local business, nonprofit, and community leaders join us. There, we recognize the important role ethics plays in our work and in our community.

2015 Torch Award Finalists

Recipient:Intrust IT - Blue Ash, Ohio- Watch Video
Honoree:Meyer Capital Management, LLC - Anderson Township, Ohio
Honoree:ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati - Milford, Ohio
Recipient:GNGF - Cincinnati, Ohio- Watch Video
Honoree:The Basement Doctor - Symmes, Ohio
Honoree:Coldwell Banker West Shell - Cincinnati, Ohio
Recipient: Queen City Homecare, LLC. - Sharonville, Ohio- Watch Video
Honoree:A Child’s Hope International, Inc. - Sharonville, Ohio
Recipient: Over-The-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchens and Pantry - Cincinnati, Ohio- Watch Video


Thank you to our 2015 Torch Award Sponsors!

Congratulations to all our Torch Award Recipients!