Both private sector and non-profit sector organizations of all sizes are eligible to apply for the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations must complete the BBB Charitable Standards Evaluation process, and currently meet all BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. BBB Accreditation is not required for application.


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

  • 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 Torch Award in the past three years. 
  • They are a government agency.