BBB Now Accepting Entries for Annual Torch Awards for Ethics

January 06, 2017

BBB invites for-profit businesses to apply for the regional 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics competition. The Torch Awards for Ethics competition was created to honor companies that demonstrate their commitment 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 or nonprofit headquartered in BBB’s 50+ county service area that has been in business for at least three years can enter the 2017 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 community. Businesses will be judged on these six categories:

  • Leadership Commitment to Ethical Practices
  • Communication of Ethical Practices
  • Leadership Practices to Unify the Organization
  • Organizational Commitment to Performance Management Practices
  • Organizational Commitment to Ethical Human Resource Practices
  • Organizational Commitment to the Community

Applying for the 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics is free, and the application process is all online. Additionally, BBB welcomes nominations from the public.

The winners of the 2017 Torch Awards have the unique opportunity to receive 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 winners
  • Announcements made via BBB’s social media channels.
  • Lifetime use of the BBB Torch Awards Seal
    • as long as a “B” BBB rating is maintained
  • Torch Awards trophy presentation by BBB
  • Website recognition
  • Perpetual placement on the Torch Awards winners page
    • as long as a “B” BBB rating is maintained
  • Qualification to enter the 2017 International Torch Awards for Ethics

To apply for the regional 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics, learn more about the competition, or nominate a business, visit Applications are open now until the end of business on April 31, 2017 at 5 pm CST.