ROCHESTER, NY—The Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF) presented its 2018 ETHIE Awards this week to Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) and the Ontario County Government. The ETHIE recognizes businesses and organizations that do the right thing through strong ethical foundations, aspirations to high standards of business conduct, and the multifaceted nature of ethics in our daily lives.
ETHIE: Small Business Category
Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) took home the ETHIE in the small business category. BCCR is a local, grassroots, nonprofit serving the Greater Rochester area. BCCR is mission-driven providing support, education, information and advocacy to individuals touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer.
“When you walk through the doors at BCCR, you feel an immediate calm. Their peaceful environment is deliberate to provide support to all who enter. BCCR provides resources to help people understand their diagnosis and treatment options. The focus on education, to allow individuals to make informed choices that are best for them, is unique and remarkable” said Kara Martin, Chair of the Award Process Committee for RABEF.
During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, BCCR is encouraging the concept of “Think Before You Pink.” To advocate for increased awareness of the cause, BCCR educates individuals to ask questions before purchasing a pink ribbon product (e.g., what percentage of funding supports breast cancer programs, what organizations will receive the funding and what will they do with the money, and what is the company doing to ensure that its products are not contributing to the breast cancer epidemic). Martin continued, “It is truly remarkable what this organization is accomplishing. Through their mission and advocacy, they are permeating compassion and support throughout the community.”
ETHIE: Large Business Category
In the large category, for employers over 150 employees, Ontario County Government received the ETHIE. As a finalist in 2017, Ontario County has consistently promoted their culture and ethical standards. Ontario County governs two cities, 16 towns, eight villages, two colleges and 17 school districts. The 26 county departments provide services to over 100,000 residents. Through their focus on the county Vision and Mission Statements, as well as their Core Values and Core Behaviors, Ontario County has created a non-partisan culture of action.
“The leadership of Ontario County is clearly and singularly focused on working for the residents of the county,” stated Martin. “The commitment from county leadership to continually highlight a focus on ethical actions and decision making is impressive. Ontario County is focused on being a great, ethical place to live and work and it shows in their training of employees, policies and procedures, programs for residents and the everyday business of the county.”
In addition to the two recipients, RABEF celebrates the ethical cultures of four finalists: Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care, CP Rochester, Faraci Lange, and Jewish Senior Life. Each of the finalists had outstanding applications with incredible examples of their ethical cultures.
As previous finalists, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care and Ontario County were inducted into the RABEF Honor Roll event in the spring of 2018; the remaining finalists and recipients will be inducted in the spring of 2019.
Nominations and applications for the 2019 ETHIE award begin in late fall 2018 with informational breakfasts to be held on January 18 and March 1, 2019 at St. John Fisher College. To learn more, nominate a company or RSVP to an informational breakfast, please visit www.RochesterBusinessEthics.com.