ROCHESTER, NY—The Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF) presented its 2019 ETHIE Awards on October 7, 2019 to Faraci Lange and Gorbel. 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
Faraci Lange took home the ETHIE in the small business category. Founded in 1968, Faraci Lange attorneys have expertise in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability. The firm has eleven attorneys listed in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America directory under personal injury law and twelve attorneys in the Upstate NY Super Lawyers directory. Faraci Lange is also listed on Martindale Hubbell’s List of America’s Preeminent Law Firms with six of its attorneys having received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating awarded to attorneys with the highest ethical standards and professional ability.
“We have a team of people who communicate with trust and respect, which has helped the firm to effectively handle any ethical challenges,” said Stephen Schwarz, managing partner of Faraci Lange. “When an ethical issue has ever arisen at Faraci Lange, our approach is to begin by discussing the matter internally, collecting as much knowledge about the incident as possible, consulting experts on the specific matter and putting into place the appropriate measures to address the issue, such as training or direct ramifications with the parties involved. At the end, our goal is to achieve the most fair, compassionate and ethical solution.”
ETHIE: Large Business Category
In the large category, for employers over 150 employees, Gorbel received the ETHIE. Gorbel is a leading manufacturer of overhead materials handling, ergonomic lifting and industrial fall protection, founded in 1977.
“Everything Gorbel does, both internally and externally, is built on the strength of our foundational values: integrity, positive people in a positive environment, extraordinary customer experience, and future orientation,” said Brian Reh, president and CEO of Gorbel. “These values are core to who we are as a company, and they’re prominently displayed in all of our buildings to remind us on a daily basis that that’s why we’re here. Those values weren’t just handed down to the company from management—they were born from company-wide employee focus groups which identified what people loved about working at Gorbel and what they wished was different.”
In addition to the two recipients, RABEF celebrated the ethical cultures of four finalists: CP Rochester, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, JN White, John Betlem and Universal Imports. Each of the finalists had outstanding applications with outstanding examples of their ethical cultures.