Eight Chicago-Area businesses to be honored at 2013 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from Better Business Bureau

CHICAGO, IL  – Eight Chicago-area businesses have been selected as recipients of the 2013 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB). The Torch Award spotlights companies that exemplify ethical business practices. The 16th annual awards luncheon will be Thursday, November 29, at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Receiving recognition will be: Access One, Chicago; Andrea A. Raila & Associates, Chicago; The Boeing Company, Chicago; Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn, Oak Lawn; Imagetec L.P, McHenry; LTD Commodities, Bannockburn; Passages Hospice, Lisle; and Scott Nelson Electric, Inc., Mundelein.


“Companies receiving the Torch Award do business the right way,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “They know the importance of their customers, employees and other stakeholders to business success. And when this type of business succeeds the communities it operates in succeed. This is at the heart of why the BBB conducts the Torch Award program. We want to encourage businesses to do their best because it benefits everyone involved.”


Bernas noted that the 2013 competition had the largest number of nominations and entries since the program began, with more than 2,060 nominations from a wide variety of businesses and consumers. Award recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges.


“The number and variety of businesses being nominated and entering the competition reflects an increasing interest by companies in ethical business practices and in self-regulation,” said Bernas. “This belief is the cornerstone of the BBB system.”


Companies are judged on ethical performance in seven general categories, and compared against similarly sized businesses based on number of employees.


This year’s event has been made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors:


AAA Chicago, ABC TV, Abt Electronics & Appliances, Access One, Andrea A. Raila & Associates, The Apartment People Ltd., Automated Data Processing (ADP), AT&T, Bridgestone Firestone, BMO Harris Bank, N.A., CDW, The Chicago South Loop Hotel, Clune Construction, Combined Insurance, ComEd, Delaware Place Bank, DeVry Inc., Dex One Corporation, Discover Financial Services, Empire Today, Four Seasons Home Services, Hallberg Commercial Insuror’s Inc., Hanson Material Service, Hilton Chicago Hotel, Imagetec L.P., The Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., Integrated Project Management Co. Inc., Luna Chicago, LLC., Matthews Roofing Company Inc., Pampered Chef, Passages Hospice, Pinnacle, Plumbing Council, Tiffany & Co., Total Merchant Systems, Tribune Media Group, Sears Holdings Corporation, Urban Imaging Group, U.S. Cellular, Walgreens, West Suburban Bank, Wireless Central, and XSport Fitness.


Consumers can nominate an ethical business on our website at www.chicago.bbb.org/torchnomination