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Nominations being accepted for 2017 BBB Torch Awards

September 9, 2016
Nominations are being accepted to honor exceptional businesses with the Torch Awards from the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. The awards are presented annually to outstanding businesses in recognition of their commitment to high standards in relationships with their customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, and the surrounding communities.
 
Like the BBB Torch logo, the Torch Awards honor and help to illuminate the importance of a corporate conscience and the responsibility for creating a fair and honest marketplace.
 
The Torch Awards nomination process is open to all for-profit Chicago and northern Illinois based businesses. Nominations can come from individuals or businesses.
 
An individual may nominate the company he or she works for, owns or is affiliated with; as well as any company that individual does business with, or any company, which the nominating individual believes, meets the Torch Award criteria. 
 
Candidates for the 2017 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics will be evaluated by a prestigious independent panel of judges from the business and academic communities against these criteria:
 
• High ethical standards of behavior toward customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees, and communities.
• Demonstrated ethical practices surrounding their buyer/seller relationships.
• Marketing, advertising, communications, and sales practices which reflect a true representation of what is being offered in the market place.
• Acknowledgment of ethical marketplace practices by industry peers and in the communities where they do business.
• Management practices and policies that give long-term value to shareholders, customers, employees, and vendors.
• Training programs that assist employees in executing ethics policies.
 
Companies are judged in five categories based on the following employee numbers: 1-9; 10-99; 100-999, 1,000-7,499 and 7,500+.  A recognition and awards ceremony will be held Dec. 1 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare Hotel.
 
To nominate a company, or for detailed information on judging criteria, go to www.bbb.org/chicago/torch-awards. Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Sept. 30. Winners will be notified by phone following the completion of judging.
 
 

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