Frequently Asked Questions
A business may be nominated for the award by a customer, client, employee, vendor, company or a private citizen who is impressed with a company’s demonstration of ethical business conduct.
Note: Non-profit organizations and financial service companies are not eligible for nomination.
Buffalo Niagara businesses (private or public) within the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming) are eligible to make an entry to the Business Ethics Awards after receiving a nomination.
All businesses are eligible except not-for-profit organizations and companies who derive more than 25% of revenues from financial services.
There is no fee to apply for the award.
Local divisions or branch office of companies headquartered outside of the Western New York region are eligible for a Business Ethics Award. The submission must demonstrate the management, practices, experiences and policy implementations of the local division or office, even though you are following national or international standards or written codes of ethics or conduct.
Through the Business Ethics Association mentoring program, someone will personally be assigned to your company to provide guidance, if needed, during the preparation of your submission.
Building an ethical business culture is not about how much money you spend. It is about linking the core values of your business with the norms, procedures, incentives and rewards that you establish and the leadership that you provide for your employees.
An ethics program is designed, among other things, to:
• Protect your company’s reputation
• Build customer loyalty
• Attract, retain and motivate excellent employees
• Create a positive corporate culture
• Practical knowledge and tools for creating and sustaining an ethical culture in your company
• Steps and tools for building an ethics program for your company
• Relationships with like-minded business leaders
•Access to resources and expertise from experienced and knowledgeable seminar leaders