BBB invites for-profit businesses to apply for the regional 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics competition. The Torch Awards for Ethics competition was created to honor companies that are committed to trust and marketplace ethics. The award embodies Better Business Bureau’s mission to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. Any for-profit business headquartered in BBB’s 13-county service area that has been in business for at least three years and is not a previous Torch Awards winner can enter the 2018 Torch Awards competition. The business does not have to be BBB Accredited, but it must be in good standing with BBB and have at least a “B” rating to be considered for the award. More information about eligibility requirements can be found here. Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of judges from the local business, media, and academic communities. Businesses will be judged on these six categories:Leadership Commitment to Ethical Practices Communication of Ethical PracticesLeadership Practices to Unify the OrganizationOrganizational Commitment to Performance Management PracticesOrganizational Commitment to Ethical Human Resource PracticesOrganizational Commitment to the CommunityApplying for the 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics is free, and the online application process is easy to navigate. You can also nominate a trustworthy business online!The winners of the 2018 Torch Awards have the unique opportunity to receive widespread public recognition for their commitment to, and excellence in, ethical business practices. BBB Torch Awards winners receive the following recognition:Inclusion in a press release announcing winnersAnnouncements made on BBB’s 6+ active social media channelsLifetime use of the BBB Torch Awards Seal (as long as a “B” BBB rating is maintained)Torch Awards trophy presentation and office visit by BBBProfessional quality photos and videos taken by BBBInclusion in an exclusive 2018 winner’s videoWebsite recognitionPerpetual placement on the Torch Awards winners page (as long as a “B” BBB rating is maintained)Qualification to enter the 2018 International Torch Awards for EthicsThe exemplary winners of the 2017 Torch Awards included The Kastrop Group, Wedge Roofing, and Escrow.com. You can see the list of past winners and watch the 2017 winner’s video here. To apply for the regional 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics, learn more about the competition, or nominate a business, visit go.bbb.org/sf-torchawards. Applications are open now until Friday, April 6, 2018 at 5 pm PST. Good luck!