About the Program

Presented annually since 1996, the International Torch Awards for Ethics honor companies that demonstrate best practices, leadership, social responsibility and high standards of organizational ethics that benefit their customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau mission of advancing trust in the marketplace. The International Torch Awards are brought to you by the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust.

The International Torch Award for Ethics is open to all for-profit businesses in North America that provide goods or services to retail and/or wholesale markets. Non-profit organizations or businesses whose primary markets are local, state or federal governments are NOT ELIGIBLE for this award.

To enter the International Torch Award for Ethics, a business must first be a winner of their local BBB award program.  BBBs in Canada and the United States conduct local competitions, forwarding winning entries for consideration in the International Torch Award competition. If a local BBB does not have a business award program, businesses in that BBB’s service area are deemed ineligible to enter the International Torch Award program.

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

They have not won an award from their local BBB business award program

  • They have been in business less than three years
  • They have earned less than a “B” rating from BBB
  • There are indications they have not met their financial obligations
  • They have been the recipient of the International Torch Award in the past three years

Key Dates

  • Deadline for entries: May 21, 2018
  • Winners announced: Mid-July 2018
  • Award Luncheon Ceremony: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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