The RABEF ETHIE Award -- Entry Instructions

Deadline for the 2017 Award: May 15th, 2017

The ETHIE Award is an annual program that recognizes the Rochester region’s organizations that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business practices, and in response to crises or challenges. 

The ETHIE has grown to be one the premier Awards in the region, and is an invaluable tool to recognize and promote companies that are doing things the "right way."  RABEF established the ETHIE Award in 2003, and to date, more than 100 companies have participated in the application process leading to 53 finalists and 29 companies receiving the award. 

The ETHIE is modeled on the American Business Ethics Award (ABEA), which was founded in 1994 by the National Society of Financial Service Professionals. In fact, several of Rochester’s award recipients have gone on to participate and win national recognition in the ABEA competition.    

Public or privately owned commercial businesses or non-profit organizations are eligible for nomination, however, due to our Foundation’s structure and support, financial service companies -- defined as a bank or an accounting, law, insurance, brokerage, investment or financial planning firm -- are NOT ELIGIBLE for nomination for the ETHIE Award.

Organizations are nominated by category based on number of employees: 

  • Large (more than 150 employees) 
  • Midsized (51-150 employees) 
  • Small (50 or fewer employees, but at least five full-time employees) 

To enter the ETHIE Award competition, please complete the following questionnaire with the information requested. 

The space allowed for the answers and information requested is purposely limited, so be concise. The Judges Panel is not looking for the volume, but rather for the quality of information. 

When crafting responses to the questions, please bear in mind that business ethics is difficult to define. Obeying the law, meeting the standards of compliance for your organization or treating people fairly are all expected behaviors, but are not examples of business ethics. How your organization upholds a right standard of conduct is the message the Judges Panel seeks to understand. 

A value-added to the application process, noted by nearly all of the entrants over the years, is that the process has been extremely helpful in developing a sound internal business ethics program, and a useful document that will serve the organization in the coming years. 

Again, the responses must be carefully crafted to fit the space allowed, so take your time. 

For any questions or clarifications on this process contact the ETHIE Award Process Committee at the RABEF offices (585) 383-1060 or the ETHIE Award Process Committee Chair Kara Martin at (585) 704-6381