* The 2019 Torch Awards application is closed.

Stay tuned for the 2020 application!

The Center is working to equip tomorrow’s employees today. Our passion for a better marketplace is what drives us, and we won’t stop until we’ve completed our mission: to better our community by providing ethics education, direction, and recognition to employers and employees of today and tomorrow. The Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics is more than just the Center’s pinnacle event; it’s one of the programs designed to accomplish our mission.


With each year’s Torch Awards, we set out to set better organizations apart. It goes beyond ethics recognition . . . because we believe celebrating the best in our community’s businesses and nonprofits makes us all better.


To participate in the program, organizations engage in a process of self-evaluation. Following the guidelines of an application, leaders consider ethical crises and choices that have played important parts in their organization’s story, and measure them before a third-party panel of judges. It’s the pinnacle moment for an exemplary business or nonprofit; an occasion to recognize and celebrate foundational values come to fruition.


Torch Award winners are driven by passion for their work, their employees, their customers, their community, and their principles. The Center is where passion meets purpose.