The Torch Awards for Ethics (Torch Award) honors companies whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character and ensure that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics, and consequently generate trust. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau® mission of advancing marketplace trust.

What is the Torch Awards for Ethics?
The Torch Awards for Ethics (Torch Awards) honors companies whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character, ensuring that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics, and consequently generate trust. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau® mission of advancing marketplace trust.

The Torch Awards is open to all for-profit, 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations physically located within BBB’s 21-county service area.

What is the criteria to enter?
The Torch Awards for Ethics selection committee looks at the entries based on the six principles of TRUST! (Transformation at the Top, Reinforce and Build, Unite the Team, Steer Performance, Treasure People, Enthusiastically Give Back). Companies are not eligible if any of the following conditions apply:

  • They have been in business less than three years
  • They have earned less than a “B” rating from BBB
  • There are indications they have not met their financial obligations
  • They have been the recipient of the Torch Award in the past five years
  • They are a government agency; Government contractors can confirm their eligibility by contacting their local BBB.

Who judges the entries?
Entries are evaluated by an independent, voluntary panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders.

What is the benefit of submitting an application?
When you go through the application process, you complete a very rigorous review of the true character and ethics of your organization. With no monetary cost involved, any one of these outcomes will create real value…and who knows…maybe our judges will see exactly what you see and recognize it with a Torch Award!

 

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