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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The BBB Torch Awards for EthicsSM seek to elevate and celebrate the commitment made by for-profit and non-profit enterprises to the highest standards of leadership character and organizational ethics. The awards bring attention to the practices that these organizations employ to generate a high level of trust, among their employees, customers and their communities. The awards were established in 1994 and embody the BBB’s mission of advancing marketplace trust.

The Torch Awards for Ethics is open to for-profit, (and optionally) also to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations of all sizes physically located within sponsoring BBB service areas. Firms need not be BBB Accredited. 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations must complete the BBB Charity Standards Evaluation process, and currently meet all BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.

THE BBB TORCH AWARDS FOR ETHICS IS A LOCAL, INDEPENDENTLY JUDGED, PEER-REVIEWED, RIGOROUS COMPETITION. ADHERENCE BY ANY LOCAL BBB TO THE AWARD ELIGIBILITY AND 6 CRITERIA STANDARDS NOTED IN THIS PROGRAM GUIDE QUALIFIES THEIR WINNING APPLICANTS/APPLICATIONS TO BE ENTERED INTO THE INTERNATIONAL TORCH AWARDS FOR ETHICS COMPETITION.

PROGRAM GOALS:

The BBB Torch Award for Ethics program is intended to incentivize self-examination and documentation of service-area businesses and non-profits (accredited and non-accredited organizations in either category) who are engaged in on-going efforts to intentionally fulfill the BBB’s six award criteria (as identified in the Program Guide).

The BBB Torch Awards for Ethics are positioned as a best practice EDUCATION and recognition program that honors those who are striving to become ethical, instead of suggesting that anyone has, in fact, “arrived” and are “perfectly ethical”.

PROGRAM DESIGN:

Positioning of BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Event Experience:

  • The BBB Torch Awards for Ethics is the Award name, TRUST! is the overarching theme,
  • The program should HONOR, INSPIRE & EDUCATE,
  • There is a Call to Action for EVERYONE… ”Aspire to become famous for building TRUST among consumers, employees and your community,
  • Program builds an attendee attitude of: “I should do this”, “I can do this”, and “I will do this”.

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