Rotary’s quest for the best in business ethics


The Rotary Club of Golden wants to hear about local organizations that you believe demonstrate the highest standards of ethical practice.

For-profit business, non-profit organization?

It doesn’t matter because there is a price for both, and you can help by submitting a nomination online.

Tom Hughes, Chairman of the Rotary Club of Golden EIB Awards Committee, says this year’s event is extra special because after two years of being canceled or curtailed, the luncheon returns in all its glory in an in-person format. .

“Color us happy campers,” Hughes said. “COVID didn’t give us many options in 20 and 21 – we’re excited to put this thing back where it was.”

Each year, Rotary’s Business Ethics program invites nominations from the public to help identify and honor one for-profit company and one for a nonprofit organization that demonstrates the highest standards of business practices. ethics, integrity and civic and social responsibility.

According to Hughes, Rotary collects applications from the community and then submits them to an ethics course at the Colorado School of Mines for selection.

While the nominees are mostly from the Golden, Hughes said those from all over Jefferson County are welcome.

The winners will be announced at a luncheon hosted by Denver’s favorite meteorologist, Ed Greene, who has been the event’s emcee for 15 of 17 years.

The keynote speaker is Daniels Fund President and CEO Hanna Skandera.

Hughes said lunch is scheduled 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 boils down to two things.

“First, it rewards ethical corporate behavior,” he said. “Not that they’re looking for rewards, but it’s good for them to be rewarded for it. And second, it raises public awareness – I don’t know how many people wonder if their business is ethical, but it’s a question everyone should be asking.

Nominations can be made online at and must be received by February 28.


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