Five Businesses and One Non-Profit Organization Selected as Recipients of the BBB 2012 Torch Award for Ethical Enterprising

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BBB Center for Character Ethics today celebrated this year’s recipients of its 18th annual Torch Awards for EthicalEnterprising℠. The recipients were honored at the Torch Award Centennial Gala Luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in downtown Columbus.

Five businesses and one non-profit organization were selected as recipients of the prestigious 2012 Torch Award.

Recipients of the 2012 Torch Award include: E.E. Ward Moving & Storage, Heartland Bank, MicroSolved, Inc., The Motorists Insurance Group, and Safelite AutoGlass. The Non-Profit category recipient is awarded to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.).

"While Central Ohio has proven to be home to so many great companies operating with high character, these six Torch Award recipients clearly demonstrated with their entries superior character on a daily basis, and consistently exceed marketplace standards for ethics in their relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, industry peers and the communities in which they do business,” said Kip Morse, President & CEO of the Central Ohio BBB and it’s Center for Character Ethics.

Ten Students of Integrity were also recognized from high schools throughout central Ohio.

Founded in 1994, the national award-winning “educate & recognize” program is the premier public recognition of organizations that intentionally pursue the six TRUST! Principles of EthicalEnterprising. The award embodies the BBB Center’s mission of advancing marketplace trust.

Also being honored are 60 BBB Heritage member companies who have continued to carry the torch in advancing trust for 50-90 years in central Ohio.

"BBB of Central Ohio’s 5,300 Accredited Businesses have played an important role in BBB’s success, and our Centennial celebration provides an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our most longstanding businesses," said Morse. "Their unwavering commitment to BBB Standards for Trust has made our community a better place to do business."

About BBB’s Center for Character Ethics
The Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio and BBB’s Center for Character Ethics are business supported, free-enterprise advancing non-profit organizations. Our mission is to accredit, monitor, elevate and celebrate the commitment that for-profit and non-profit enterprises make to the highest standards in leadership character ethics and ethical enterprising. We help fortify trust-worthy enterprises and measure success by how well both producers and consumers flourish in Central Ohio.

About the BBB
BBB of Central Ohio serves Columbus and 21 surrounding counties as a leader in advancing marketplace trust by encouraging best practices, celebrating role models, and denouncing substandard behavior. BBB sees trust as functions of respect, ethics, intent, delivering results and addressing concerns. Businesses and charities that earn BBB Accreditation have agreed to live up to our high standards and principals for trust. BBBs provide free and easily accessible Reliability Reports on businesses, Wise Giving Reports on charities, educational information, objective advice, and dispute resolution of marketplace complaints. The first BBB was founded in 1912, and today a network of 119 local BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 4 million businesses and charities. Please visit http://www.bbb.org for more information about BBB.

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