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Ethics Advocate Award

Call for Nominations

Do you know of someone who has shown leadership in advocating higher ethical standards in an industry or professional field? Someone who has responded to ethical issues by encouraging others to act in the best interests of society? If so, consider nominating that person for the 2012 Ethics Advocate Award.

Nominations are now closed.

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Audio description of the Ethics Advocate Award:


Now in its tenth year, the Ethics Advocate Award is a prestigious recognition of an individual who has been an effective agent of change – in a particular field or in the business community at large. Nominees may be from anywhere in the world, but must be willing to attend a gala and give an acceptance address.

Unlike ethics and leadership awards that recognize individuals for leading exemplary lives, the Ethics Advocate Award was created to recognize specific acts of ethical advocacy.

Past honorees provide excellent examples:

  • Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham was recognized for advocating reforms to promote ethics, equality and fairness in the state’s judiciary;
  • Mr. Ray Anderson, chairman of Interface Inc., was honored for his advocacy of environmental sustainability;
  • Mr. Bill Bolling, executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, was chosen for urging businesses to take seriously their ethical responsibilities to the hungry and illiterate;
  • Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin was selected for her advocacy of an “ethics first” approach to restore trust in city government;
  • entrepreneur Charles Brewer, founder of MindSpring Enterprises and Green Street Properties, was honored for his public advocacy of values-based management;
  • Chairman of the Board of The Coca-Cola Company, Neville Isdell was recognized for his advocacy of corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability and championing transformations that model positive corporate responses to changing global needs and expectations;
  • CARE USA president and chief executive officer Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H. was honored for her unflagging advocacy on behalf of women, minorities and the marginalized, and for inspiring global corporations to work in partnership to solve some of the critical issues of poverty, injustice and inequality;
  • David M. Ratcliffe, chairman and chief executive officer of Southern Company, selected for his leadership in raising and addressing the issues of workplace ethics, trust and diversity, has forged practical solutions to the long-standing issues that have inspired corporate leaders across the nation;
  • and Ambassador Andrew Young, founding principal and chairman of GoodWorks International, was honored for his lifetime of leadership for civil rights and human rights, and his tireless service to the human dignity and empowerment in Atlanta, across America and around the world.

Although these individuals took action to elevate ethical standards in different venues, all were recognized for the positive impact of their work on society.