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Frequently Asked Questions

If I nominate a company, is that the same as an entry?
No. Once nominated, a representative with the GDBEA will contact the company,advise them of the nomination and review information and process for official submission/entry.

What is the deadline for nomination?
The deadline for nominating a company for the 2018 award is Jan. 31, 2018

What is the deadline for entry submission?
Entry submissions will close Feb. 28, 2018

What are the categories and size classifications?
Companies (public or private) entering the Award competition will be judged in one of three categories based on the type of entity and number of employees: 

Can any company be nominated?
Public or private companies may enter the award competition (see categories below). Companies may self-nominate as well.

Organization Type:

  1. For Profit Business Enterprise 
  2. Not-For-Profit Organization 
  3. Governmental Organization

Organization Size

  • Micro - consists of 10 or fewer employees
  • Small - consists of 11 - 50 employees
  • Midsize - consists of 51 - 250 employees
  • Large - consists of 251 - 750 employees
  • Mega - consists of 751 or more employees

Prospective nominees should be companies that have demonstrated a commitment to high ethical standards and corporate responsibility by the way they deal with their customers, their employees, their suppliers and the public at large. Entrant companies must have headquarters located in Collin, Dallas or Ellis county, and must also have a business history of at least five years. Private or public companies of any size may enter the award process.

What are the criteria for judging?
An independent panel representing the business, academic, public service, and consulting communities as well as previous GDBEA honorees are selected each year to review the entries. The Judging Committee will be announced in January of each year. You may view the judges from the previous year’s awards Here. Companies are evaluated based on the company’s executive commitment to business ethics, company ethics program, demonstration of sound ethical practices and commitment to stakeholders. Process, more than performance is the focus of all review criteria.

Judging Process:

Peer Judging: Entries are evaluated by an independent panel of judges composed of individuals with an expertise in business ethics and are drawn from the academic communities. Entries areevaluated on the following criteria:

  • A clear demonstration of the company’s executive commitment to ethics as demonstrated by speeches or other correspondence and communications from the CEO and other senior officers to employees and/or customers. The company’s story, as it relates to a culture of strong business ethics is a key criterion.
  • A corporate code of ethics, credo, code of conduct, mission statement or philosophy which demonstrates the company’s requirement for honesty, integrity and compliance with the law in all business dealings. An ethics policy or corporate philosophy that is unique, successful and deserving of recognition is a key criterion.
  • Demonstration of clear communications regarding the company’s ethical standards, corporate culture and its expectations of employees as exhibited in company publications, employee handbooks, training courses and other materials. Description and process of how employees are measured for ethical business conduct, and how compensation or recognition is tied to ethical conduct.
  • A clear indication that employees throughout the organization understand and accept the company’s ethical standards as indicated by survey results, internal audits, or demonstrated behavior.
  • A means for employees, customers and other parties to bring ethical problems or conflicts to the attention of management and a mechanism for resolution that ensures fair and consistent treatment of the parties involved. Specific examples of how this mechanism is used by employees and other company constituents and information on outcomes of ethical problems or conflicts is a key criterion.
  • A narrative description of business ethics in action as demonstrated by the company’s response to a specific challenge affecting its operations or its industry, or by evidence of how ethical decision-making is a part of the company’s everyday operations, philosophy and culture.
  • A consistently high quality of products and services, business and production practices, including demonstrated awareness of environmental impact, if appropriate.
  • A corporate commitment to providing a work environment that is safe, free from harassment or inappropriate discriminatory behavior of any kind, and that fosters growth and opportunity.
  • A community commitment that is demonstrated by involvement in local, regional and/or national issues, corporate philanthropy, support of civic and charitable endeavors through contributions of time and materials.

Student Site Evaluation: Student candidates from the Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College schedule a visit with the CEO, query and interact with employees and stakeholders of each entrant for the award. Information gathered is shared with the Peer Judging Panel and weighed in the final assessment.

How much information is needed to complete the official entry form?
The entry process is completed online and consists of questions assessing a company’s ethical standards by examining the processes it uses to communicate its values to stakeholders, evaluate and adjust policies and practices related to conduct and operations standards.  

The judges and organizers reserve the right to independent verification of entrant information and claims made in any company’s submission materials.

I was a finalist in a previous year, but was not a winner, may I nominate/enter again?
Absolutely.  We encourage those who do not win to resubmit in subsequent years. The goal of the GDBEA is not simply to recognize program excellence, but also encourage improvement and offer educational opportunities  Many previous winners submitted entries in multiple years and remark that the process of entering taught them much about how to improve their current ethics programs.

Are there any opportunities to learn about how to properly complete the entry?
Yes, the GDBEA hosts seminars and webinars to answer questions about the entry process. Guidance and instruction is available, at no charge, to all entrants.

Is there any cost to nominate or enter?
There is no cost to nominate. Once a company accepts the nomination and commits to completing the application process, there is a $150 registration fee. The process of completing the official entry submission does require a commitment of time and resources to properly research and compile the data needed to submit a quality entry.

How much does it cost to attend the awards luncheon in May?
Individual tickets are $100.

Do nominees/entrants have to purchase tickets or a table at the Awards Presentation Luncheon?
No, but each company that enters receives 2 complimentary seats at the awards luncheon. We encourage nominees and entrants to attend the Awards Program Luncheon to support those recognized and all of those who work to foster strong business ethics in North Texas.

Can nominees/entrants sponsor the Awards Presentation Luncheon?
To preserve the integrity of the process, entrants are not allowed to sponsor the Awards Presentation Luncheon in the year in which they participate, but may purchase tables or tickets to attend.  Past entrants, finalists and winners are encouraged to support the event through sponsorships or purchase of tables and/or tickets.

Please feel free to contact GDBEA by mail at PO Box 803629, Dallas TX 75380-3629, send an email to info@gdbea.org or call (214) 212-2187.