About the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards
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The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals is proud to present the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards. These awards are designed to honor U.S. companies that demonstrate a firm commitment to ethical practices in their day-to-day operations, philosophies and response to crises and challenges. The Society of FSP - Pittsburgh Chapter has presented the awards since 2001.
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, along with the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Rotary, and the Allgheny Conference on Community Development serve as hosts for the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards -- recently recognized as the finest regional award for this honor in the country.
Finalists for the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards are chosen through nomination and overall reputation. Finalists are evaluated on such criteria as demonstration of executive commitment to business ethics, clear communication of ethical standards to employees, consistently high quality of products and services, and a commitment to community and charitable involvement.
Three separate awards may be presented based on the size of the companies and the number of employees. Winners in each PBEA category compete for national awards.
Three separate awards may be presented based on the size of the companies and the number of employees. Companies may be nominated in one of three categories:
The Committee is looking for a commitment to ethics as evidenced by information regarding the following criteria.
- A clear demonstration of the company’s executive commitment to ethics as demonstrated by speeches or other correspondence and communications from the CEO and other senior officers to employees and/or customers.
- A corporate code of ethics, credo, code of conduct, mission statement or philosophy which demonstrates the company’s requirement for honesty, integrity, and compliance with the law in all business dealings.
- Clear communication of the company’s ethical standards, corporate culture and its expectations of employees in company publications, employee handbooks, training courses and other materials. An indication of how employees are measured for ethical business conduct, and how their compensation is tied to ethical conduct.
- A clear indication that employees throughout the organization understand and accept the company’s ethical standards as indicated by survey results or internal audits.
- A means for employees, customers and other parties to bring ethical problems or conflicts to the attention of management and a mechanism for resolution that ensures fair and consistent treatment of the parties involved.
- A narrative description of business ethics in action as demonstrated by the company’s response to a specific challenge affecting its operation or its industry, or by evidence of how ethical decision-making is part of the company’s everyday operations, philosophy and culture.
- A consistently high quality of products and services, business and production practices, including demonstrated awareness of environmental impact, if appropriate.
- A corporate commitment to providing a work environment that is safe, free from harassment or inappropriate discriminatory behavior of any kind, and that fosters growth and opportunity.
- A community commitment that is demonstrated by involvement in local, regional and/or national issues, corporate philanthropy, support of civic and charitable endeavors through foundation grants, and/or contributions or gifts of time and materials.
For more information on reservations and sponsorship opportunities, e-mail or call Society of FSP – Pittsburgh Chapter at AnnMcKenna@PittsburghSFSP.org or (412) 655-4447, Opt. 2.