Atlantic Webworks Presented with National Business Ethics Award
Atlantic Webworks was selected to receive the 2008 American Business Ethics Award as the winner in the Small Business category, defined as companies having 250 employees or less. Other 2008 winners include General Mills, one of the world’s leading food companies, and Daisy Brand LP, a mid-sized, family-owned business producing dairy products.
A strategic Web development firm, Atlantic Webworks was honored for its practical approach to putting ethics into action. The company sees itself as a strategic partner of its clients and has strict policies against accepting ill-advised projects simply to make a profit. Established operating policies and billing practices are designed to benefit clients - even if it means there are occasions when the company must forego revenues. The firm turns down work from competitors of its clients and doesn't mark up fees for printing and other outside services.
The award also recognizes Atlantic Webworks for its ethical employment practices, documented client satisfaction rate and high quality of services rendered.
"In these turbulent times, it is heartening to see there are companies out there who are honestly striving to do right by their stakeholders in ways large and small," said Foundation Chairman Rich Linsday, CLU, ChFC, AEP. "The American Business Ethics Award is designed to shine a spotlight on these efforts in order to provide models for likeminded organizations and to remind the American business community that ethical corporate behavior never goes out of style."
The American Business Ethics Award was created to recognize companies that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior both in their everyday business conduct and in response to specific crises or challenges. An expert panel of judges drawn from the business, academia, public service, media, consulting and ethics communities evaluates entries in four key areas: executive commitment to ethics, ongoing ethics programming, demonstrated ethical business practices and commitment to stakeholders - including employees, customers and the community.
"We're firmly committed to doing what’s right for our clients, staff and community, even when we sacrifice short-term financial gains to do so," said Adrienne Cregar Jandler, president and founder of Atlantic Webworks. "We've found that making these choices has been the foundation for building trust. It keeps our clients coming back and has helped us build a successful business over the long haul."
In December of 2007 Atlantic Webworks received the regional Piedmont Business Ethics Award from the Greensboro chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, which also nominated the company for the national award. The chapter is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Piedmont Business Ethics Award at www.PiedmontEthics.com.
The 2008 American Business Ethics Award was presented on November 1st in Las Vegas during the annual meeting of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.
About The Foundation for Financial Service Professionals A charitable organization created to foster research, education and ethical practices amongst financial service professionals to benefit the public, the Foundation was established by the leadership of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (www.financialpro.org) in 1982.
In fulfillment of this mission, the Foundation has created several programs, including the Paul S. Mills Scholarship to encourage ongoing professional development among financial service practitioners; the Journal of Financial Service Professionals Author Award to advance scholarly research and writing in financial services; the American Business Ethics Award to recognize ethical practices in the American business marketplace; and Financial Education Partners (FEP), to provide pro bono financial guidance to individuals in need. More information is available at www.FinancialProFoundation.org.