Criteria for Entry
Below are the steps for nomination and entry and the criteria by which all entries are judged. The FAQ page may provide additional insight into the process, or you may direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Eligibility. Private or public companies of any size may enter the award process. Prospective nominees should be companies that have demonstrated a commitment to high ethical standards and corporate responsibility by the way they deal with their customers, their employees, their suppliers and the public at large. *Financial service companies and nonprofit organizations are not eligible to participate. A financial service company is defined as one that earns more than 25 percent of its revenues from providing financial services or from the sale of financial products.
- Nomination. A company may be nominated for consideration by a customer, client, employee, consultant, vendor, or may self-nominate. A nomination should include the name of a contact person and phone number to reach both the nominator and the nominee and must be received by the GDBEA before entry may be considered. The nomination form may be downloaded and printed from this site and mailed to the GDBEA, or may be filled out and submitted electronically via this site.
- Entry. Upon receiving nominations, the GDBEA will confirm and provide the nominee with the official Entry Form. Nominated companies are required to complete the Entry Form and provide documentation of ethics in action at their company. The entry submission rules are listed below:
- Two copies of the official entry must be submitted in one-inch binders. The Company name must be included on both the cover and spine of the binders. The official Entry Form should be completed and included in front of Tab 1 in the binders. The information must be organized into five sections as indicated on the Entry Form.
- Original documents are preferred, but copies will be accepted. In particular, if the document is an odd size or utilizes color, both an original and a copy would be appreciated.
- Category: Companies entering the Award competition will be judged in one of three categories based on the number of employees:
- Large – company with more than 2,500 employees;
- Midsized – company with 250 to 2,500 employees;
- Small (or Micro) Companies with fewer than 250 employees.
- Large – company with more than 2,500 employees;
- Judging: Entrants are judged by an independent panel representing the business, academic, public service, and consulting communities in North Texas. The judging criteria are stringent and listed below:
- A clear demonstration of the company’s executive commitment to ethics as demonstrated by speeches or other correspondence and communications from the CEO and other senior officers to employees and/or customers.
- The company’s story as it relates to a culture of strong business ethics is a key criterion.
- A corporate code of ethics, credo, code of conduct, mission statement or philosophy which demonstrates the company’s requirement for honesty, integrity and compliance with the law in all business dealings. An ethics policy or corporate philosophy that is unique and deserving of recognition is a key criterion.
- Clear communication of the company’s ethical standards, corporate culture and its expectations of employees in company publications, employee handbooks, training courses and other materials. An indication of how employees are measured for ethical business conduct, and how their compensation is tied to ethical conduct.
- A clear indication that employees throughout the organization understand and accept the company’s ethical standards as indicated by survey results or internal audits.
- A means for employees, customers and other parties to bring ethical problems or conflicts to the attention of management and a mechanism for resolution that ensures fair and consistent treatment of the parties involved. Specific examples of how this mechanism is used by employees and other company constituents and information on outcomes of ethical problems or conflicts is a key criterion.
- A narrative description of business ethics in action as demonstrated by the company’s response to a specific challenge affecting its operations or its industry, or by evidence of how ethical decision-making is a part of the company’s everyday operations, philosophy and culture.
- A consistently high quality of products and services, business and production practices, including demonstrated awareness of environmental impact, if appropriate.
- A corporate commitment to providing a work environment that is safe, free from harassment or inappropriate discriminatory behavior of any kind, and that fosters growth and opportunity.
- A community commitment that is demonstrated by involvement in local, regional and/or national issues, corporate philanthropy, support of civic and charitable endeavors through foundation grants, and/or contributions or gifts of time and materials.
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