WPS Health Solutions of Madison has been selected as one of the winners for the 2017 BBB International Torch Award for Ethics from the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the non-profit organization announced today.
Presented annually since 1996, The International Torch Award is given to businesses that demonstrate superior commitment to exceptional ethics practices that benefit its customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and surrounding communities.
“WPS Health Solutions exemplifies what adhering to a fair and principled marketplace means,” said Jim Temmer, CEO and President of BBB Serving Wisconsin. “The Better Business Bureau congratulates this long-standing Wisconsin company, which showcases that ethical standards are key to business success and the trademark of a deep-rooted, successful company.”
WPS Health Solutions, which won in the category of companies with more than 500 employees, will be honored at a ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Atlanta.
“Being recognized for this award is an honor and a reflection of our company’s commitment to acting with integrity,” said Mike Hamerlik, President and CEO, WPS Health Solutions. “We are proud of our employees for consistently upholding our values and standards.”
The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 112 local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. WPS became eligible for the International Award after winning the local Torch Award competition from the BBB Serving Wisconsin in May, 2016.
This is the fourth time a Wisconsin company has won the International award since the award’s inception in 1996. Rockwell Automation also won the award in 2012, Briggs & Stratton Corporation won in 2015, and Harley-Davidson won in 2016.
Finalists for the International Torch Award were selected by an independent panel of business ethics experts. Businesses interested in applying for the International Torch Awards must be winners at the local level to participate. Companies are evaluated against criteria including commitment to and demonstration of ethical practices in the marketplace; high standard of behavior toward customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and communities; truthfulness and accuracy of advertising and sales practices; ethical reputation among industry peers and communities in which they do business; and training and communications programs to assist employees in carrying out established ethics policies.
About WPS Health Solutions
WPS Health Solutions is a nationally regarded government contractor and a leading Wisconsin not-for-profit health insurer. The WPS Health Insurance division offers affordable health plans and benefits administration. The WPS Government Health Administrators division administers Part A and B Medicare benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and the WPS Military and Veterans Health division serves millions more members who are active in the U.S. military, veterans and their families. For more information, please visit wpshealthsolutions.com.