FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 6, 2013
Three Dallas Companies Honored for Outstanding Business Ethics
On Wednesday, May 1, the 2013 Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award winners were announced. The winners of this prestigious award are Interstate Batteries, MRP Commercial Cleaning and The Richards Group. The 2013 honorees were selected from a pool of six finalists that included 1820 Productions, Agency Entourage, and HumCap. All six corporations were recognized for their demonstrated commitment to ethical business practices.
Each finalist and winner was honored at the annual luncheon at the Westin Galleria sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer &Feld LLP and D CEO Magazine.
Representatives from each honored company; along with sponsors and local business leaders filled the ballroom to learn who would be recognized as this year’s most ethical. “This slate of finalists made the selection process challenging for the judges,” noted Michael Webb, GDBEA Chairman. “During the last 13 years, scores of companies have been nominated and completed a rigorous application process that goes before a distinguished panel of judges. It has become increasingly difficult to choose the awardees, not because there are few local corporations who exemplify ethical business practices, but because Dallas has so many.”
An inspiring keynote address by Nancy B. Rapoport, interim dean at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, preceded the awards.
In her address Rapoport shared the sociological tendencies of humanity and how we interact with each other in an ethical manner. She shared her more than 25 years of expertise and insight into ethics in governance and the legal system as a law professor and an expert witness in the Enron trial. The case study in how a corporation can fail because of poor ethical decisions lead to her book on the subject, Enron and Other Corporate Fiascos: The Corporate Scandal Reader.”
This year’s panel of judges, comprised of academic and business leaders, included John Broderson, Associate General Counsel with the Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Peter DeLisle, PhD, Director of the Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College; Kevin Fegan, PhD, President of Northwood University; Rosario E. Heppe, Senior Director – Corporate Compliance with Flour; Jim Hutcheson, President of Regeneration Partners; Rita Kirk, PhD, Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at Southern Methodist University; Richard Peregoy, PhD, Associate Professor in the University of Dallas School for Business; David Reid, Ethics Director Emeritus, Texas Instruments; David Sokolsky, President of Daisy Brand, Inc.
“A natural component of ethical business practices is to give back to the community. Therefore, it is not surprising that four out of the nine judges represent companies who are previous GDBEA winners,” said Webb. The former GDBEA winners include Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Regeneration Partners, Daisy Brands, and Texas Instruments. Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Texas Instruments are both former American Business Ethics Award winners.
Students from the Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College also interview and perform on-site visits at each finalist company, providing written evaluations for the judges evaluation.
Since 2000 the GDBEA has partnered with business associations and academic centers to identify and honor Dallas-based companies that demonstrate a measurable commitment to ethical business practices in everyday operations, management philosophies and responses or changes. These partners include the Financial Planning Association of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU.
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