Rotary on quest for best in business ethics

Awards luncheon slated for May 6 at Denver Sheraton West

Deborah Grigsby
dgrigsby@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/19/22

The Rotary Club of Golden wants to know which local organizations you think display the highest standards of ethical practice.

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Rotary on quest for best in business ethics

Awards luncheon slated for May 6 at Denver Sheraton West

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The Rotary Club of Golden wants to know which local organizations you think display the highest standards of ethical practice.

For-profit business, nonprofit organization?

It doesn't matter because there's an award for both, and you can help by submitting an online nomination.

Tom Hughes, Chair of the Rotary Club of Golden EIB Awards Committee, says this year's event is extra special as after two years of being either canceled or scaled back, the luncheon returns in all its glory to an in-person format.

“Color us happy campers,” Hughes said. “COVID didn't give us many options in `20 and `21—we are pleased as punch to get this thing back up to where it was.”

Each year, Rotary's Ethics in Business program seeks nominations from the public to help identify and honor one for-profit business and another for a nonprofit organization that demonstrates the highest standards of ethical business practice, integrity, and civic and social responsibility.

According to Hughes, Rotary collects the community nominations and then turns them over to an ethics class at the Colorado School of Mines for selection.

While nominees come primarily from the Golden, Hughes said those from across Jefferson County are welcome.

Winners will be announced at a luncheon emceed by perennial favorite Denver meteorologist Ed Greene, who has served as the event's master of ceremony for 15 out of 17 years.

The keynote speaker is the president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, Hanna Skandera.

Hughes said the luncheon is slated for May 6 at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood.

When asked why Rotary chooses to recognize excellence in business ethics, Hughes said it comes down to two things.

“One, it rewards ethical behavior by businesses,” he said. “Not that they seek rewards, but it's nice for them to be rewarded for it. And two, it raises public awareness—I don't know how many people run around wondering if their business is ethical, but it is a question everybody should be asking.”

Nominations may be made online at ethics.goldenrotary.org and must be received no later than Feb. 28.

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