Business ethics award up for grabs |

Business ethics award up for grabs

SUMMIT COUNTY – Companies that demonstrate high ethics and integrity in their business operations are eligible to win the Mountain States Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

The deadline for submission is March 21.

Winners of the mountain region bureau’s contest may be eligible to compete for the award nationally.

The prestigious award is in its fifth year and is open to all businesses. Mountain States BBB spokeswoman Barbara Read said the award is considered a coveted honor.

“There’s a considerable amount of recognition and publicity (winners) receive,” Read said, “in addition to the award itself, which is about eight feet tall, made of marble and engraved.”

An awards ceremony for the Mountain States BBB winners will take place May 13 at the Fort Collins Marriott hotel.

Two years ago, Breckenridge’s Grand Timber Lodge won top honors in its category.

And last year, the Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing Company not only won in the Mountain States division but was one of 25 finalists of 360 who competed for national honors.

Businesses that enter the contest are divided into specific categories, with separate prizes awarded for those employing 10 or fewer employees, 11 to 99 employees, 100 through 999 employees and more than 1,000 employees.

Candidates will be judged based on demonstration of high ethical standards, using ethical practices in buyer/seller relationships, having a longstanding reputation of ethical practices, using marketing, communications and sales practices that reflect a true representation of what they are offering in the marketplace and ethics policies and training programs.

An individual may nominate the company he or she works for, owns or is affiliated with, or any company the nominator feels meets the award guidelines. A company also can be nominated by any organization, such as chambers of commerce, academic institutions, business and professional organizations.

The award is open to all for-profit businesses that serve retail or wholesale markets. Nonprofit organizations or businesses whose primary markets are local, state or federal governments are not eligible for this award.

An independent panel of judges will select winners.

To submit nominations online, go to and click on the Torch Award logo.

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