On Wednesday, four companies were honored at the 15th annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA) ceremony for their commitment to ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace, and the community.
In fact, Governor Mark Dayton also declared it Business Ethics Awareness Day in the state of Minnesota.
The winner in the small-company category (fewer than 100 employees) was Spanlink Communications, Inc., a Minneapolis-based call center solutions company.
Edina-based Doherty Employment Group, a human resources outsourcing company, won in the mid-sized company category, which includes firms with between 100 and 500 employees.
Two businesses were honored this year for the large companies (500-plus employees) category: Warroad-based Marvin Windows and Doors, which manufactures residential and commercial energy efficient windows and doors, and St. Paul-based Restaurant Technologies, which helps restaurant managers manage their frying equipment via automated technologies.
“Building a reputation for high ethical standards in business doesn’t happen overnight,” MBEA co-chair David Rodbourne said in a statement. “Understanding there is no quick fix, organizations must earn reputations day after day.”
The MBEA was founded by the Society of Financial Service Professionals-Twin Cities chapter and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas. A panel of volunteer business practitioners, as well as ethicists from regional colleges and universities, judges the nominated businesses. Twin Cities Business Editor-In-Chief Dale Kurschner was among the finalist judges. (A complete list of judges can be found here.)
Winners of the MBEA then go on to be eligible for the American Business Ethics Awards.