About the Awards

The Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics recognize companies who display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings.

These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. This award is open to all for-profit businesses located in Central, Northern & Western Arizona who are in good standing with BBB. Accreditation with BBB is not required.


How does it work?
A company must first be nominated for the award.

There are five available size categories based upon number of employees:

  • Category I: 1 – 10 employees
  • Category II: 11 - 20 employees
  • Category III: 21 - 50 employees
  • Category IV: 51 - 150 employees
  • Category V: 151+ employees


After a company is nominated, they are asked to complete an online evaluation questionnaire. The entry asks each company to demonstrate their commitment to ethics by addressing the following six categories:

  • Leadership Commitment to Ethics
  • Communications of Ethical Practices
  • Organizational Commitment to Ethical Practice
  • Organizational Commitment to Performance Management Practices
  • Organizational Commitment to Ethical Human Resource Practices
  • Organizational Commitment to the Community


The Judging Process
Entries are then reviewed by an independent panel of judges. The judges determine the finalists and award recipients for each category. 


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

  • They have been in business less than 3 years
  • They have earned less than a “A-” rating from the BBB
  • There are indications they have not met their financial obligations
  • They have won this award in the past three years



Contact BBB's Institute for Ethics at bbbinstitute@arizonabbb.org