The Rochester Business Ethics Award program was started in 2003 and modeled after the American Business Ethics Award, sponsored by the Society of Financial Service Professionals. The Rochester chapter of the Society and St. John Fisher College were the original founding institutional partners of the program. In 2005, the Rochester Business Alliance joined as an institutional partner.

Based on the immediate success of the annual ETHIE award program and the related educational and scholarship activities, the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF) was established in 2007 and designated as a 501(c)(3) organization.

The purpose of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation is to promote and support the creation of ethical cultures throughout the Rochester area business community. RABEF has grown to fulfill this purpose through:

  • The annual ETHIE award, recognizing ethical business practices in Rochester.
  • The annual RABEF Scholarships, recognizing students as future business leaders who exhibit high ethical standards.
  • And through year-round community conversation on business ethics in our article and reference resources, and educational opportunities.