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
Francie King, Portland General Electric
Frank Petterson, Supreme Perlite Co.
Selection Committee Chair
Jim Dodson, Quarter4Media
Chris Bartell, RED TED
Mike Rosenberg, Veracity
Phil Evans, Timber and Rose Realty
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Company
Michael Sander, Sortis Holdings
Recipient Selection Process
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.