After much anticipation, Better Business Bureau serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona (BBB) revealed the 2015 BBB Business Ethics Awards winners last night during its 14th annual dinner sponsored by Wells Fargo. For the first time, BBB also presented an award recognizing an individual's commitment to ethics
2015 BBB Business Ethics Awards winners:
Category 1 (1-10 Employees):
Curt’s Auto Repair
Category 2 (11-20 Employees):
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Category 3 (21-50 Employees):
Category 4 (51-150 Employees):
Zerorez of Phoenix
Category 5 (Over 150 Employees):
Empire Today, LLC
“We are proud to have this year’s winners join over 60 local companies celebrated for their ethical business practices,” said Matthew Fehling, BBB President/CEO. “These companies understand the impact ethics can have not only on their bottom line, but also their products, services, operations and, most importantly, their people.”
The BBB Business Ethics Awards recognize firms whose business practices and related activities exemplify BBB’s mission and principles to ensure our marketplace remains fair and honorable. The awards consist of an annual program to gain public recognition for businesses that maintain a solid commitment to operating ethically. Companies are selected by an independent panel of volunteer community and business leaders based on criteria established by the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ International Torch Award.
The following companies were also honored as 2015 finalists for their dedication to ethical practices:
In addition to announcing the 2015 winners, BBB President/CEO Matthew Fehling surprised the audience and master of ceremonies by honoring a community leader with a new award. Pat McMahon accepted the 2015 BBB Luminary Award with heartfelt gratitude. This accolade was established to honor an Arizona leader for positively impacting the community while embodying the spirit of BBB.
"It was a no-brainer to honor Pat with this inaugural award. For the last 10 years, he graciously volunteered his time as master of ceremonies, honoring local businesses for their commitment to integrity and ethics. Additionally, his work on radio and television speaks volumes to those same values. Pat truly cares about Arizona and believes we can be known nationwide as a region with integrity," Fehling concluded.
The program included a keynote address from New York Times best-selling author and O.C. Tanner Institute Executive Director David Sturt who signed copies of his book Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love. Wells Fargo was the presenting sponsor for the 14th year in a row.
For more information on the winners and finalist of the 14th Annual BBB Business Ethics Awards, visit www.facebook.com/AZBBBNews where you’ll find video clips, pictures and more. To nominate a company for a 2016 award, visit ethics.arizonabbb.org.
About Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern & Western Arizona
BBB is an unbiased organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews® on more than 4.7 million businesses and 11,000 charities, all available free at bbb.org. Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB Serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona is supported by over 11,400 BBB Accredited Businesses. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business reviews and charity reports, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust.
About BBB of Central Arizona Foundation
BBB Foundation is BBB’s local, 501(c)(3) affiliate incorporated in 1982 to support BBB’s mission of advancing marketplace trust. BBB Foundation provides education to consumers of all ages about wise spending and fraud prevention. Supported largely by donations from BBB Accredited Businesses and an annual golf tournament, BBB Foundation is provides objective information on topics affecting marketplace trust. For more information about BBB Foundation, visit foundation.arizonabbb.org.