The Better Business Bureau Foundation of Northwest Florida seeks businesses and charities to participate in its 13th annual Torch Award for Ethics program.

The Torch Award publicly recognizes businesses and charities that maintain a commitment to conducting their business practices in an ethical manner.

BBB Accreditation is not required to enter; however, applicants must be physically located within the 14-county service area of BBB of Northwest Florida. Charities must have participated in BBB of Northwest Florida’s Charity Review Program within the past two years.

The BBB will contact all nominees for an on-site visit. This provides an opportunity for entrants to display the ways they incorporate ethics and integrity into their business practices.

Along with the Torch Award, BBB Foundation will award the Customer Service Excellence Award, for individuals who go beyond in their customer service activities, and Student Ethics Scholarships will be awarded to high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership, community service and overall personal integrity.

The application deadline for all awards is March 30. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

An entry form is available at, or call 429-0002 or 800-729-9226.

Guidelines for entries, including scholarship information, are available on the website.