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UFF accepts business ethics nominations

February 26, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Nominations for the eighth annual Business Ethics Award of the Uncommon Friends Foundation are being accepted until March 1. The award will be presented in recognition of the critical importance of ethical leadership in today's businesses and organizations during the Uncommon Evening event on Thursday, June 6, at Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers. The award will be presented to a Southwest Florida business that exemplifies the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Business, political, community, and religious leaders from the five-county Southwest Florida area may nominate companies and organizations that consistently demonstrate a system-wide commitment to business ethics. Companies and organizations may also self nominate; nominations will be followed by those who wish to complete the application process by the March 1 deadline. The applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of ethics experts from across the country. This panel will also decide the winner.

Applications and nomination forms for the award are currently available at Click on the Business Ethics tab and scroll down to click on the application download. "We have enlisted the support of a team of nationally respected ethics professions to select this year's honoree," said Arlene Roth, executive director of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. Roth also states that the purpose of the award is to encourage more organizations to embrace a culture that applauds and supports the highest standard of ethical behavior at all levels of the company.

Businesses must meet the following criteria:

- Do business and have an office in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, or Glades county.

- Be committed to business ethics and model this ethical behavior throughout the company.

- Be committed to business ethics in dealing with customers, vendors, shareholders, lenders, regulators, and the community.

Past recipients of the Business Ethics Award are HomeBanc Mortgage Corp., WilsonMiller, Inc., Bonita Bay Group, Shell Point Retirement Community, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., Conditioned Air, and Hope Healthcare Services.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a not for profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders. Its mission is to promote character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.

For more information, call 337-9505 or visit www.uncommonfriends,org.



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