Past Ethics Advocate Award Honorees


Ambassador Andrew YoungAmbassador Andrew Young, founding principal and chairman of GoodWorks International, was selected to receive the 2011 Ethics Advocate Award in recognition of his lifetime of leadership for civil and human rights, and tireless service to the human dignity and empowerment in Atlanta, across America and around the world. With unwavering courage, Ambassador Young has attended to the most painful aspects of human brokenness, bringing them to the world’s attention in such a way that hope and action have been renewed in millions, young and old.

Listen to Ambassador Andrew Young’s speech with introduction by Paul Rosser:


David RatcliffeDavid Ratcliffe, chairman and chief executive officer of Southern Company, received the 2010 Ethics Advocate Award in recognition of his leadership in raising and addressing the issues of workplace ethics, trust and diversity. Mr. Ratcliffe has forged practical solutions to long-standing issues of diversity and workplace ethics, as well as advocated and modeled ideals that have inspired corporate leaders across the region and the nation to improve their own ethical cultures.

Listen to David Ratcliffe’s speech with introduction by Juanita Baranco:

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Helene GayleCARE USA president and chief executive officer Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., was honored with the 2009 Ethics Advocate Award 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.

Listen to Helene Gayle’s acceptance speech and lecture:

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Neville IsdellThe 2008 Ethics Advocate Award was presented to Neville Isdell, chairman of the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company, acknowledging his advancement of corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainabiity within The Coca-Cola Company, as well as for inspiring business leaders around the globe to address their firms’ responsibilities. He has challenged his company and his corporate peers to engage stakeholders in their firms’ initiatives to create healthy, sustainable communities.

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Charles BrewerCharles Brewer, founder and CEO of Mindspring Enterprises until its merger with EarthLink to form the second-largest Internet service provider, was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Ethics Advocate Award. Mr. Brewer was nominated for his public advocacy of values-based management, which he sees as the key to reforming the world of business.

Listen to Charles Brewer’s acceptance speech:

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Shirley FranklinSelected as the 2006 Ethics Advocate Award recipient for her steadfast commitment to ethics reform in city government, the Honorable Shirley Franklin, mayor of the city of Atlanta, was recognized for her leadership in advocating and enforcing an “ethics first” approach to government.


Bill BollingBill Bolling, the executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, was the recipient of the 2005 Ethics Advocate Award. Mr. Bolling received the award in recognition of his leadership in advocating that businesses take seriously their ethical responsibilities to those suffering from hunger and illiteracy.


Ray AndersonThe 2004 Ethics Advocate Award was presented to Ray Anderson, chairman of Interface Inc., the leading commercial carpet manufacturer. Honored for his advocacy of environmental sustainability, Mr. Anderson made this a goal of his own company that he has encouraged others to adopt as well.


Robert BenhamThe inaugural recipient of the award was the Honorable Robert Benham, an advocate of judicial reform and the first African-American to serve as Georgia’s Supreme Court Chief Justice. He has earned respect as an outspoken proponent of ethics, equality and fairness in the state’s judiciary.