Our definition of ethical behavior

ETHICAL BEHAVIOR IN BUSINESS means conducting your business in a transparent values based manner consisting of integrity, honesty and respect that in turn results in outcomes comprising fairness, equity and dignity.

History and Purpose

Started in 2003 in the wake of business scandals, the Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honor those organizations who have demonstrated ethical business practice in the workplace, the marketplace, and the community. Three recipients of these awards will have, by act and example, gone beyond the expected to achieve excellence in ethical business practices.

Nominations for Awards are solicited from the public and the Award recipient is chosen by a Blue Ribbon Committee of Oregon business leaders. Customers, employees, friends and other stakeholders who have witnessed exceptional ethical behavior are asked to nominate companies and organizations at: oregonethicsinbusiness.org.

The annual awards are coordinated by a committee of local business leaders and members of the Rotary Club of Portland.

Event Planning Committee

Maria Schell, Oregon State University
Committee Chair

Robert Kraft, Kraft Custom Construction
Event Sub-Committee 

Francie King, Portland General Electric
Event Sub-Committee

Frank Petterson, Supreme Perlite Co.
Event Sub-Committee 

Phil Levinson
Selection Committee Chair

Jim Dodson, Quarter4Media
Sponsorship Chair

Chris Bartell, RED TED
Marketing Chair

Mike Rosenberg, Veracity
Nomination Chair

Phil Evans, Timber and Rose Realty

Dan Mehls, Mortenson Company

Michael Sander, Sortis Holdings

Education & Awareness Sub-Committee

John Harrison, UBS Financial Services

Patsy Freeman, New Legends Now

Richard Wingard, Maginnis & Carey LLP

Recipient Selection Process

Initial Nominations:

In order to nominate an organization we only require you to say who you are, who you are nominating and a pretty simple “why.” Initial nominations can be made here

Accepting the Nomination:

The next step is that our committee sends the nominees a few questions that they have to answer in order to accept the nomination. It is not an overly arduous questionnaire, 6-8 questions.

Initial Vetting of Nominee:

Next we have a subcommittee that vets all of the organizations that accept a nomination and passes the top responses on to our Blue Ribbon Panel.

Blue Ribbon Panel:

Finally, the Blue Ribbon Panel, which is made up of local business leaders, primarily outside of the Rotary Club of Portland, selects our recipients.

Join the Oregon Ethics in Business Committee

Interested in joining the Oregon Ethics in Business Committee, email event chair Maria Schell.