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 of the premier awards in the region, and is an invaluable tool to recognize companies that strive to implement ethical principles in business. RABEF established the ETHIE Award in 2003, and to date, more than 100 companies have participated in the application process, leading to over 60 finalists and 33 recipients.
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 business, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations are eligible for nomination.
In an exciting shift, beginning in 2018, previously ineligible financial service companies (banks, accounting firms, law firms, insurance, brokerage, investment or financial planning firms) are now all eligible for nomination and entry to the 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)