About the Program:
The BBB Torch Awards program shines the spotlight on businesses and nonprofits that exemplify outstanding ethics. The program has recognized trustworthy businesses since 1999 and launched the nonprofit category in 2016.
How it Works:
If you choose to participate, you will be paired with a team of university students this fall who will work with you to discover the ways your organization meets the award criteria based on BBB's six TRUST! Principles. The students will write your application paper on your behalf with your collaborative input. Judging occurs in January 2018 with the award winners celebrated on April 19, 2018. The deadline to submit nominations or to self-nominate is July 14.
Nominees that participate in the process receive the following benefits:
If you are named a winner, you receive the following recognition:
Past Winner Comments
"As an insurance broker, we do not have a tangible product that is given to our clients. Rather, each day we give them our promise; a promise to consistently and sincerely serve our clients ethically in all aspects of their business. The importance of ethics and the transparency of integrity has been a core value of Flood and Peterson since the agency's inception. As the recipient of the 2017 BBB Torch Award in Business Ethics, it is an honor and a differentiator for our employees, culture and community." - Royal Lovell, Chairman & CEO, Flood and Peterson
"Winning the BBB Torch Award for Ethics was not only a great honor, but it helped elevate recognition of our food bank throughout the region. As a nonprofit, we are responsible not only to those we serve but also to our donors and the community at large. The BBB Torch Award is a wonderful way to demonstrate to our stakeholders that we take these responsibilities seriously and we operate with the highest of ethical standards on a day to day basis. And, because the BBB is so well known and held in such high regard, we are able to use this award to show independent recognition of our internal practices to funders, donors, volunteers, and the larger community." - Bob O'Connor, Executive Director, Weld Food Bank
"Receiving the BBB Torch Award for Ethics was a game-changer for Basic Beginnings Early Learning Center. The resulting publicity drew the community's attention to our business' ethical practices in a way that our own advertising could not have achieved. Showing our BBB Torch Award to potential new customers gives them a different understanding of our business and its priorities. Perhaps the most significant advantage, however, was internal. Our team of employees gained a new pride for their commitment to integrity in every aspect of our business operation, and new additions to our team are quickly made aware of Basic Beginnings' reputation as a business that can be trusted with all things, including your children." - Jan Lawrence, Director, Basic Beginnings